Board ‘should make life simpler’

The new chairman of one of Cayman’s key immigration boards said he’d like to start by making things easier for some of his colleagues on the country’s other immigration-related boards.

‘A business staffing plan, if companies are playing by the rules…should make life simpler,’ Sagicor President Danny Scott said Monday in an interview with the Caymanian Compass.

Mr. Scott, newly chosen to lead Cayman’s Business Staffing Plan Board, said one of the main goals of the board should be to help assist Work Permit Board members with their often daunting work load.

‘If we have the number of work permit holders that we are approving now that we need to run our economy and if we can pull fifty per cent of those and put it into the business staffing plan…it makes sense,’ Mr. Scott said.

Business staffing plans are required to be submitted by any company operating in the Cayman Islands that employs 15 or more individuals on work permits. Companies with fewer than 15 employees can submit a plan if they wish, but are not required to do so.

The initial idea with business staffing plans was to use the documents as a sort of one-stop shop where employers could get work permits and key employee applications (the ability to extend a seven-year term limit on residence to nine years) approved.

Work permits and key employee designations approved as part of a business plan would then not need to be considered individually by the Work Permit Board.

In practice, some companies have groused that business staffing plans became just another level of bureaucracy employers had to fight through to carry on in the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Scott said he’s had no previous personal experience with the Business Staffing Plan Board since Sagicor General Insurance never had the number of work permits required to make an application to it.

‘But now that we’ve merged the two sides, we’re going to have to,’ he said, referring to the merger of Sagicor General Insurance and Sagicor Life operations that was announced earlier this year.

Mr. Scott said the appointment to chair the Business Staffing Plan Board is only the second board appointment he’s received since returning home to the Islands in 1982.

The first was to the former Community College of the Cayman Islands board, about two years before the school changed to the University College of the Cayman Islands.

‘My job was to modernise it,’ Mr. Scott said. ‘Hopefully, I can bring the same dynamic vision (to the Business Staffing Plan Board).’

Appointments the two other immigration boards, the Work Permit Board and the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board, were announced last week. (see Caymanian Compass, 17 August).