Immigrant found to have overstayed 12 years

The Immigration Department’s July amnesty programme has led to the departure of 41 people through Monday, according to government officials.

So far, the longest overstayer identified by the programme had been living in Cayman for more than 12 years.

officers are encouraging other people who are overstaying or working without valid
permits to take advantage of this opportunity to depart the country without being prosecuted.

The amnesty ends on 1 August. 

Those who have departed under the amnesty thus far range in age from six months old to 80 years.

Of the
total 41 departures, 15 were from Jamaica,
nine were from the United States,
and three each from South Africa,
India and Nicaragua. Also, one national of
each of the following countries has departed: Britain,
Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba,
Guyana, Honduras, Panama
and the Philippines.

Only one employer
has cancelled a work permit so far, immigration officers said.  Deputy
Chief Immigration Officer Gary Wong said companies employing
illegal residents should take advantage of the amnesty. 

“This practice may affect
the future standing of their companies, as well as their applications to obtain
permits,” said Mr. Wong. “There may also be implications relating to their
business licences.”

Upon the conclusion
of this month’s amnesty, the enforcement section will be working to identify
and arrest offenders.

Because of the suspected number of “work permits of
convenience” – those for individuals who have no, or irregular, work offered by the permit holder – the
department will also be checking to ensure that employees’ pension and health
insurance premiums have been paid.

For more
information, call 244-2028 or visit the Department of Immigration on Grand
Cayman or the District
Administration Building
on Cayman Brac.