Premier: Free Jamaican work permit story ‘bogus’

A recent online report claiming that the Cayman Islands government had agreed to give Jamaican citizens working here free work permits and allowed them to enter Cayman without a visa for up to six months is entirely false, Premier Alden McLaughlin’s office said Monday.

What the premier’s office described as a “hoax” news story stated that Cayman Governor Helen Kilpatrick had declared that Jamaican citizens working here would no longer be allowed to pay work permit fees as of November.

Governor Kilpatrick said no such thing, and neither the Cayman nor the Jamaica governments had agreed to change current policies on travel-related visas, the premier said.

“The office of the premier refutes the bogus article,” Monday’s statement stated.

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