Immigration officers have arrested a local employer on suspicion of making an employee pay more than $6,000 in work permit fees over a five-year period.
Under the Cayman Islands Immigration Law, employers are responsible for paying all work permit fees for non-Caymanian employees.
Immigration Department officials said that same employer was also arrested on suspicion of failing to cancel that person’s permit, even though he had not employed the worker for the past 20 months.
In a separate case, a foreign national who was found to have remained in Cayman illegally for the last year was also arrested in George Town. She remains in custody pending the outcome of the investigation.
‘We regularly receive calls about people who go to job sites seeking work. But this can be avoided, for if a business doesn’t have work, it should cancel a permit, or apply for an amendment which would allow the person to legally work elsewhere,’ Senior Immigration Officer Jeremy Scott said.
Immigration investigations are taking place in all sectors of employment, and officials warn that employers in breach of the law can be charged and fined. To avoid such incidents, officials advise that employers can terminate permits by sending cancellation letters to the department. Workers may also voluntarily cancel their own permits.