Immigration topic at CITA meet

Immigration and work permit issues
are on the agenda Tuesday, 24 August as members of the Cayman Islands Tourism
Association meet a panel from the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration.

President of the association, Harry
Lalli, will address various concerns that the membership has flagged. There
will then be a discussion involving the immigration panel, which is comprised
of Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans, Chairman of the Business Staffing
Plan Board, Danny Scott, Deputy Chief Immigration Officer Gary Wong and Director
of Work Permits and Boards, Sherryl Miller.

“This is a crucial opportunity for
CITA members to be heard and obtain guidance and answers by the Chief
Immigration Officer and her team,” said Mr. Lalli.

Issues discussed

The Tourism Association said issues
to be discussed include definite time period on processing of work permits.
Some members of the association had expressed concern that temporary permits
with express fees were taking more than two days and this makes it difficult
for businesses to plan effectively. The association said it would also be
requesting information on the length of time required to be off-island during a
roll-over. Similarly, speeding up work permit amendments to current employees
who may be able to be cross-trained to other positions will be discussed.

Permits, fees and key employee
issues are also on the agenda, along with customer service and visitor
experience at the airport.

Following this there will be an
open forum during which members of the tourism association will be able to
voice their concerns and ask questions regarding work permits and immigration.

The meeting is open only to members
of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association who are advised to confirm attendance
to [email protected] or by phoning the office on 949 8522. The meeting starts at
10am at the Sabel Palm Room on the Second Floor of Canella Court at Camana Bay.