Permanent residence scams afoot, police say

Applying for permanent residence after eight years of living in the Cayman Islands can be a tricky process, but local police are urging prospective “new Caymanians” to be wary of who they hire to help them in that effort.  

Police warned on Friday that an application for PR can only be made by individuals who qualify for that status and entails significant documentary evidence including the application form, a cover letter, police clearance, medical information, bank references, proof of property ownership and/or business investment and other records.  

“It is not within protocol of the Immigration Department to have their officers or other persons representing them approach members of the public to offer permanent residency or to solicit funds to pay for permanent residency,” the Royal Cayman Islands Police Financial Crime Unit said in a statement. “If you are approached by any persons who purport to be an immigration officer or any person offering to assist [you] in obtaining permanent residency, report the matter to police.”  

There is at least one such case currently under investigation by the RCIPS which is set to go to trial in June.  

Paul Anthony Hume Ebanks pleaded not guilty in November to 17 charges of obtaining property by deception in relation to an alleged immigration scam.  

Ebanks, 48, has been accused of obtaining various sums of money by falsely representing that the cash was required as payment for legitimate grants of Cayman status. 

The alleged offenses were said to have taken place between July 2012 and August 2013 and involved sums ranging between $800 and $14,000. 

“An application for permanent residency can only be made by persons who have resided in the Cayman Islands for a minimum of eight years,” the Financial Crime Unit warned. “The process involves submitting a completed and signed application form as well as a number of supporting documents. 

“The applicant must also pay certain prescribed fees at the time of making the application to the Immigration Department. There is no other way to apply for permanent residency [for non-Caymanians who have eight years of residence in the islands].” 


  1. It would be interesting to find out why the Financial Crime Unit has only just woken up to this?
    This sort of scam has not only been going on for years. It’s not just PR applications either, I know people who in the past were asked for fees of CI$300-CI$500 to facilitate or speed up work permit approvals.

  2. Permanent residence in itself is somewhat scam. I could understand if it was called Extended Work Permit, but it is very difficult to understand logic of naming this arrangement permanent residence when all its conditions and payments, even logical actions – like selling your house to buy cheaper one – can easily result in it being cancelled. Not-so-permanent permanence?