Cayman in brief

NS beautification

The North Side Beautification team will meet at 7pm Monday at the home of Mitzi Tomlinson.

If you have ideas of how to help keep North Side beautiful, make plans to attend.

Volunteers needed

Community-minded people are invited to volunteer to assist in conducting interviews in the Institutional Analysis phase of the National Assessment of Living Conditions, which runs from 23 January to 2 February.

Selected volunteers will receive training for carrying out interviews.

To volunteer and for additional information about the NALC institutional study, contact NALC Institutional Analysis Subcommittee Chair Miss Lisa- Ann Hurlston, phone 244-4163, lisa-[email protected]

Key deadline

The Immigration Department reminds employers that an important deadline in relation to applications for key employee status will expire shortly.

The recently revised immigration legislation introduced a provision enabling an employer to apply on or before 15 January for key employee status. This is in respect of an employee who is, or was, employed on a Fixed Term Work Permit that has expired or will expire between 1 December, 2006 and 15 January, 2007. Applications for key employee status in respect of such persons will not be accepted after 15 January, 2007.

Employees whose applications were placed with the Immigration Board on or before 15 January 2007 are allowed to continue to work on the same terms and conditions as applied to their Fixed Term Work Permit, until the key employee status application has been determined by the Board. However, any time spent waiting for a decision on a key employee status application will not count toward the qualifying period for permanent residence.

Also, persons who intend to continue to work by operation of law, whilst awaiting the outcome of a permanent residence application submitted prior to the expiry of a final work permit (or within 90 days thereof) or a Fixed Term Work Permit, must ensure that their employers pay all fees that would have been paid had they continued to be employed on a work permit. Such employees’ passports must also be annotated to reflect the fact that such fees have been paid.