Young professionals continue to
climb the organisational ladder in the Department of Immigration.
Most recently, three new assistant
chief immigration officers have taken on additional responsibilities.
Nicola Solomon, Jeremy Scott and
Tamara Reid have demonstrated exceptional dedication and commitment to their
Chief Immigration Officer Linda
Evans congratulated the three, saying, “These promotions are well-deserved and
I am confident that the additional responsibilities in their respective areas
will be handled with their usual energy and efficiency.”
Commenting on their model service,
she added, “These officers are outstanding, but it is also true to say that
they are indicative of the calibre of our staff.”
Ms Solomon, who manages border
control operations, began her career with the Immigration Department 1995
following overseas study and a stint in the private sector. She has served in
several sections, including border control, enforcement and intelligence, and
Referring to her latest
appointment, Ms Solomon said, “This is a challenge I particularly welcome because,
in addition to upholding the law, our officers are the persons to create
Cayman’s first – and last – impression for visitors and other travellers.”
Two years ago Ms Solomon’s
abilities earned her a senior immigration officer slot, as well as an assignment
to border control. Her work at the ports resulted in another promotion in 2009
when she became an immigration inspector.
“I feel very strongly about
securing our borders and protecting our sovereignty,” said Ms Solomon.
“Ensuring we are doing our best to protect our country entails a constant yet rewarding
Enforcement and intelligence are
now the purview of Jeremy Scott, who, after
Having worked in the private sector
for some years, he opted for a career in law enforcement. Initially assigned in
1997 to border control and enforcement, in 2004 he was appointed as a senior immigration
Mr. Scott has completed numerous
advanced-level training opportunities, both locally and overseas. As a
qualified enforcement instructor, he also trains other officers in the department.
The Enforcement and Intelligence
Division officers are under his guidance.
This small group carries out a
range of duties, both administratively and in the field, including investigating
The team’s work is largely
collaborative and includes interaction with the Immigration Board, assessing
reports from the public, as well as joint operations with local and overseas
law enforcement agencies.
“Our work covers the entire gamut,”
Mr. Scott explained. “Roles include pursuing those who over-stay or who enter
illegally, managing deportees, and intercepting and repatriating Cuban
migrants, or processing their requests for asylum.”
He encourages other Caymanians to
consider the profession, which he says offers significant career potential in
the different specialised areas of the department.
Ms Reid now has responsibility for
processing visa applications. This regulatory arm encompasses both visitors’
and students’ visas for new residents.
Remaining abreast of the scope of local and international laws and
guidelines is a role that Ms Reid said she enjoys (she reviews applications
from more than 100 countries).
She joined the department in 1999
after attending University College of the Cayman Islands and earning a
bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Florida International University.
She is also the first Caymanian to become certified by the US Department of
Justice as an intelligence and crime analyst.
Ms Reid earned an international
diploma in compliance earlier this year from the International Compliance
Association, through the University of Manchester (England) Business School.
She is pursuing a master’s degree in international security through the UK’s