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Number of foreign workers hits all-time high

There are more foreign workers employed in the Cayman Islands than at any other time in the territory’s history.

Four overstayers identified during amnesty

The Cayman Islands Immigration Department has identified four overstayers so far during its August amnesty period, including one individual who turned up at Owen Roberts International Airport with a plane ticket to depart.

Immigration Department begins amnesty for overstayers

Non-Caymanians who have remained in the islands for too long, or whose work permits have expired, will be given a month to turn themselves in to avoid prosecution.

Immigration suspect ID’ed on social media

The Cayman Islands Immigration Department has credited social media users with identifying a Saint Vincent man suspected of violating local work permit laws.

Basic training begins for customs, immigration recruits

Twelve new customs officers began their basic training last week after joining the service following a recruitment drive.

Immigration misses FOI Law time lines

A local law firm said this week that it has been unable, for the past few years, to retrieve public documents relating to how Cayman Islands Immigration Department boards and staff members process various applications for work permits, permanent residence and Caymanian status.

Immigration Department faces dissolution in merger

The Cayman Islands Immigration Department will likely no longer be a standalone public sector entity, once the local government finishes a series of reorganizations it is making within the civil service, the Cayman Compass has learned.

2 more charged in ‘English test’ fraud

Criminal charges filed against a dozen people this week were related to a scheme to cheat the Immigration Department’s English language test for work permit holders, according to the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission.

Border control: Premier: Immigration-Customs to merge

The border enforcement duties now being performed by the Cayman Islands Immigration Department will be merged with Her Majesty’s Customs service as part of an overall crime-fighting strategy being pursued by the Progressives-led government, Premier Alden McLaughlin announced Wednesday.

Three charged in immigration fraud case

Criminal charges were filed Monday against three people in an ongoing corruption investigation involving the Cayman Islands Immigration Department.

Immigration faces legal challenge over lengthy bureaucratic delays

It is taking the Cayman Islands Immigration Department up to six months to stamp the passport of a Caymanian status or permanent residence recipient, if that person won their permission to remain in Cayman following an appeal to the Immigration Appeals Tribunal, court papers filed last week allege.

Months-long delays for driving tests

Those seeking new Cayman Islands drivers’ licenses are being told they may have to wait between two and three months before they can take a road test at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing on Grand Cayman.

Phishing email poses as ‘Lmmigration’ Department

A phishing email scam targeting FLOW webmail users last week purported to represent the Cayman Islands Immigration Department using a fake email address, [email protected]

38 immigration staff process $100 million in annual fees

Less than one-quarter of the civil servants working in the Cayman Islands Immigration Department collect the vast majority – budgeted at more than $200 million over the next two years – of revenues paid for various work permit, residency and other fees charged for immigration services.

Government gets through 15 months of permanent residence backlog

Thanks largely to marathon hearings that started on July 31, the Cayman Islands Immigration Department has finished considering the vast majority of backlogged permanent residence applications filed between October 2013 and December 2014.

Immigration clients get scam email

Malware in an email purporting to be from the Cayman Islands Immigration Department was sent out Tuesday to various immigration clients, the Ministry of Immigration confirmed. The email originated from “Royal Cayman Immigration” – a department that does not exist.

Big increase in residency approvals

Nearly 80 percent of the permanent residence applications heard last week were approved by government officials. According to the Cayman Islands Immigration Department, 27 residency applications were granted between Aug. 7 and Aug. 10; five applications were denied.

Court grants review of five permanent residency cases

Five permanent residence applicants have been granted requests for Grand Court judicial review hearings following claims that they suffered financial damages as a result of the government’s years-long delays in hearing their applications.

Immigration denies 12 of 13 permanent residence cases

An administrative review of permanent residence applications by the Cayman Islands Immigration Department that took place over two days last week ended with 12 out of 13 people being denied that status.

Deloitte gets $143,000 contract to evaluate immigration strategy

Accounting firm Deloitte has received a $143,000 contract to conduct a wholesale review of the Cayman Islands Immigration Department, as well as two other agencies, as government seeks to improve the hiring process for Caymanians and work permit holders.

More arrested in immigration bribery probe

Two more people were arrested last week in connection with an ongoing bribery scandal at the Cayman Islands Immigration Department. The suspects, who are not public officers in the Cayman Islands government, represent the sixth and seventh arrests in the investigation since mid-January.

Immigration: Cuban boat in South Sound will be moved

An abandoned Cuban boat that has been beached in South Sound since May 6 will be removed within a few days, Cayman Islands Immigration Department officials said Monday.

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