Jamaican national Rohan Anthony Seymour is challenging government’s decision to deny his bid for permanent residency, arguing that the Immigration Appeals Tribunal discriminated against his nationality when it considered his application.
According to Mr. Seymour’s challenge, the Immigration Appeals Tribunal denied his application on July 6 after he did not reach the required minimum of 110 points on the permanent residency point system.
The application was denied in part because the tribunal gave him a “0” on the “Demographic and Cultural Diversity” portion of the points system, which had a maximum score of 10.
“The Immigration Appeals Tribunal conducted itself in a discriminatory manner when it failed to adequately consider or at all, the desirability of granting permanent residence to the Appellant, on the basis that he is a Jamaican,” argues Mr. Seymour in his challenge, which is posted on the financial services site OffshoreAlert.
“And the Tribunal’s decision to award ‘O’ points under the heading Demographic and Cultural Diversity, to the Appellant, is unreasonable on the ground[s] that the Appellant would contribute to the ‘balance in the social and economic life of the country,’ with the Appellant having demonstrated that he is a productive, law abiding individual.”
Points in the Demographic and Cultural Diversity portion of the points system are awarded based on how many people from the origin country live in Cayman. Applicants from countries with fewer residents represented receive more points than countries with higher degrees of representation. Mr. Seymour stated that the tribunal also failed to give him enough points for having a business and being involved in the community.
Mr. Seymour was the second Jamaican to file for judicial review last month over government’s decision to deny permanent residency. Earlier in October, businessman Clide Coley also filed for review, arguing that the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board did not fully factor his investment in a local business when making its decision.
His application was denied because he scored a 93.5 on the permanent residency point system, falling short of the 110 points required. But government did not give him enough points for having an investment in a local company, Mr. Coley argues in his challenge. Mr. Coley, an electrician with more than 20 years of experience, stated that he has a 40-percent ownership stake in C&W Electrical & Renovations Ltd., which he claims is worth $114,344,000.
More than 200 applicants who were denied permanent residence since 2017 have filed challenges to those decisions, according to records obtained by a Cayman Compass Freedom of Information request earlier this year.