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Salary Required for Permit Apps

Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson

As of 1 June 2009, advertisements submitted to the Immigration Department and Boards as part of work permit applications must include information on salary range, benefits and other relevant information.

The advertisement must also indicate the newspaper in which the ad was published and the date on which it was published.

Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson said that this measure is now a legal requirement under immigration law and that after 1 June applications for the grant or renewal of an annual work permit submitted without this specified information to the department, the Work Permit and Business Staffing Plan boards, will not be accepted.

Section (4) of the Immigration Regulations (2007 Revision) as amended states, among other provisions, that:

"An application for the grant or renewal of a work permit shall be accompanied by -

  • a copy of each advertisement published in accordance with sub-regulation (3), with details of the newspaper in which it was published and such advertisement shall contain information relating to salary range and all other benefits attaching to the advertised post and the date on which it was published;
  • a full and accurate description of the job to be filled;
  • a full and accurate description of the qualifications the employer or prospective employer considers necessary for carrying out the job and the reasons for requiring those qualifications.
  • Details of any responses received in respect of the advertisements including the qualifications of those who responded; and
  • Details of the employer's or prospective employer's reasons for not employing any Caymanian, or persons legally resident in the Islands, who responded to the advertisement."

Mr Manderson explained that the requirements exist to equip the department and the boards with the information needed to decide each application for a work permit on its merit, which ultimately helps to protect Caymanians in the workplace.

For further information contact: Prudence Barnes