A law professor fighting to have his same-sex marriage recognized by Immigration officials so he can stay in Cayman says he has been told he can apply for a visitor’s permit as an interim measure.
Leonardo Raznovich lost his job at the Truman Bodden Law School in June and is facing the prospect of being deported. His British partner of 16 years has submitted an application to have him listed as a dependent on his work permit.
The Immigration Board indicated it did not have the power to accommodate the request, routinely approved for married couples of a different sex.
Mr. Raznovich, who married his partner in Argentina in 2012, has said the couple plan to appeal that response, which they believe amounts to rejection of the request. They believe the differing treatment of same-sex couples is discriminatory and that established human rights legislation will ultimately compel the Cayman Islands to introduce polices recognizing rights conferred by such partnerships, including immigration rights.
He said Thursday that he had been informed by the Immigration Department that it would consider an application from him for a visa to remain on the island as a visitor.
Mr. Raznovich ultimately hopes the Immigration Appeals Tribunal, or a higher court, will allow him to be added to his husband’s work permit. He said his lawyers were seeking clarification of the Immigration Board’s offer on Thursday.
“This is about what happens between now and the time when the appeal is resolved,” he said. “We are seeing what the implications are because the appeal process could last for a couple of years.”