Immigration arrests 45 people in month

In the month following Cayman’s immigration amnesty, Immigration Department officers have arrested 45 people for more than 50 alleged offences.

Fines amounting to $24,650 were collected from offenders and their employers.

Of the 45 arrests, 17 people were arrested for overstaying, with the longest period of overstay being 22 months. The other 28 people were arrested for illegal employment, working without a permit and for working outside the terms of their permit.

Other offences included making false representations, causing another person to overstay, having an altered passport and obstruction, immigration officials said

Those arrested included the following nationalities: Jamaican, Honduran, Caymanian, Canadian, American, British, Filipino, Indian, Dutch, and South African.

Deputy Chief Immigration Officer for Enforcement Gary Wong said the amnesty focused on those who were overstaying or working without valid permits. Overstayers made up the majority of those who departed.

Department officials said the earlier amnesty effort – which took place during the month of July – allowed 67 male and 20 female overstayers to depart without prosecution. By nationality, 50 were from Jamaica; 10 were from the United States; four from Canada; and three or fewer overstayers were from Honduras, Nicaragua, India, South Africa, Colombia, Cuba, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Guyana, Panama, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United Kingdom.

“Since the amnesty ended, enforcement officers have been busy conducting operations to detect overstayers and illegal workers, and carrying out investigations into reports the department has received of suspected Immigration crime,” Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans said.


  1. On the one hand, this is good to see that Immigratoon are taking these matters in hand, but it is not always the employees fault. What about cracking down on employers taking advantage of employees generally, making them pay for the own work permits, not paying them what is due etc as they are afraid to speak up for fear of terminaiton. If the Immgration Department are going to bring in the criteria system, then I hope that they will be vigilant in making sure that employers on island are legitimate and honourable.

  2. There is no excuse for violation of a country’s laws.
    Just as there is an enforcement section within immigration, there is a reporting structure for those who feel their terms of employment is being violated.
    I believe immigration work aggressively to police both.
    It would also be fair to say that some employee may enter into unlawful agreement in order to get hired, not out of the fear of being terminated.

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