Immigration to move

Several functions of the Immigration Department, including the public counter, will move to a new location at the Cayman Center in early March of 2008.

The upstairs location at the Cayman Center, which is across the Owen Roberts Drive from the Airport Post Office, will have approximately 9,000 square feet of space, Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson said.

‘We’re going to move all customer service functions to this space, including the call section and the visa office,’ he said.

Mr. Manderson and other key management and administrative staff will also move to the new location.

The move will allow the Immigration Department to consolidate its operations into two buildings. Immigration staff is scattered in several locations, Mr. Manderson said.

The Immigration Building on Elgin Avenue will be redesigned to allow for more offices. Mr. Manderson said he expected the various Immigration Boards, which now meet in the building next to the main Immigration Building, to meet in the redesigned building in the future.

There are several benefits to having the Immigration public counter at the Cayman Center. There is more parking at the new location, something which isn’t the case on Elgin Avenue. Once construction on the new Government Office Accommodation project begins, parking along Elgin Avenue would be even more difficult.

In addition, the Cayman Center is closer to Immigration’s operations at Owen Roberts International Airport.

‘Having the new offices closer to the airport will be very helpful to us,’ Mr. Manderson said.

The furniture and fixtures in the lobby of the Immigration office will not be used in the new space.

‘Everything there will be completely new,’ Mr. Manderson said.

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