Coalition quiet on rollover plan

Although it makes several proposals for changing the local immigration system to help boost local employment, the independent coalition of candidates “National Priorities Plan” takes no position on whether the Cayman Islands should jettison its current seven-year term limit on foreign workers’ residency.  

The United Democratic Party, in its political manifesto, has advocated dropping the term limit entirely from the Immigration Law.  

The People’s Progressive Movement doesn’t seek to eliminate the so-called “rollover policy” entirely. But it does recommend extending the term-limit period to 10 years and allowing all who stay in the Cayman Islands for more than seven years to apply for permanent resident status.  

In their 10-page plan, Coalition for Cayman candidates – Roy McTaggart, Jude Scott, Winston Connolly, Jacqueline Haynes, Sharon Roulstone, Tara Rivers and Mervin Smith – advocate for the use of an immigration accreditation system.  

The accreditation system was first proposed by Deputy Governor Franz Manderson when he was head of the Immigration Department, but it was never implemented.  

In general, under such a system all companies would have to show they are up to date with both pension and healthcare coverage requirements for employees, and have registered with government labour officials. 

Following accreditation being received, Mr. Manderson said in 2009 that a “very open and transparent process” would be used to rate each company. Under the proposal to be submitted to Cabinet, the rating system has been set up in tiers – the higher the tier, the more “advantages” a business will have with immigration. 

Coalition candidates said the accreditation system would “incentivise businesses to develop and implement appropriate training programmes for Caymanians”.  

The candidates also backed amendments to the local Immigration Law that would require advertising for any temporary [six-month] work permit, adding to current requirements that all full-year permits be advertised.  

The group also said the local tourism industry has suffered from the lack of Caymanian participation.  

“We will work towards increasing Caymanian participation in the tourism sector in order to ensure long-term viability of the Caymanian tourism product,” the priorities plan states.  

The coalition candidates also want to make the work permit system “more transparent” by adding all job seekers who are available to work to the National Workforce Development Agency’s database. Right now, only those who choose to register with the database are listed. 

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  1. To be truthful I do not think the UDP is going to get away with the promises they are making to foreign workers concerning the rollover plan. It is promises.
    How I am looking at the rollover situation, is by putting questions to expatriates who can vote. I want you to truthfully, sincerely reply if you think that scraping the rollover policy is the best thing to do for Cayman. Should the Cayman Islands just allow an expatriate person to stay in their work person for ever and ever, or should they have a time that they must leave.? Do you think that by scraping the rollover policy will make it easier for Caymanians to get jobs? Or do you want to see an uprising take place here between expats and the Caymanians. You know it is coming if students do not get employed.
    My views are that, when I visit someone’s home they feed and clothe me, I should have the decency to know when to leave. But if I continue sitting on the sofa after they have given me lunch waiting for supper too, I am definitely red-eye and craven. Can this be done anywhere else in the world that you visit that place and live forever. Please be honest and let me know for I would consider giving it up here and moving there.

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  2. So basically you will make sure Cayman business people do not have the right to hire for skill and experience anymore. Not to mention customer service. Picture Bush or maybe Ezzard driving a tour bus. In other words you will continue to take something that is working and at the Caymanian voters request make it unworkable for all involved. You all need to get a smart person to show you how things will affect the future before you destroy it all an the UK takes over. Or not. I vote not.

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  3. It is certainly sad that there are so few Caymanians working in the tourist industry.
    A tourist could spend an entire vacation here and the only Caymanians they come across are in immigration and driving a taxi.
    It is especially sad because many of these jobs do not need years of training.
    But please don’t blame the employers.
    My understanding is that most Caymanians don’t WANT to work as maids, servers etc.

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