Deputy Chief Immigration Officer (Border Control)
Bruce D. Smith joined the Immigration Department after spending 20 years with HM Customs where he attained the rank of Assistant Collector and is responsible for all border control matters including airport, seaport operations and visas. He therefore has key responsibilities to identify threats to border security whether by sea or air and introduce comprehensive strategies that effectively minimises or where possible eradicate the threats. As a result of his wide scope of responsibilities, he also supervises more than 70 staff members and provides solutions to operational and administrative problems. Additionally, Mr Smith has oversight of the Department operations in the Sister Islands.
He received extensive training in Border Security having attended and successfully completed courses in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.
Assistant Chief Immigration Officer (Visas)
Tamara Reid-Vernon joined the Immigration Department in October of 1999 as a member of the Trade & Business Licensing Board Secretariat. She has since served as an Immigration Officer in Border Control and her most recent attachment is in the Enforcement & Intelligence Section of the Department.
Mrs Reid-Vernon has an Associates Arts degree in Social Studies from the University College of the Cayman Islands and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University, with Cum Laude Honors. In 2008, she became the first Caymanian to obtain certification as an Intelligence & Crime Analyst by the United States California Department of Justice. She also holds an International Diploma in Compliance. Mrs Reid-Vernon oversees all visa applications within the Department.
Assistant Chief Immigration Officer (Border Control)
Nicola Solomon has been employed with the Immigration Department since 1995. She holds the position of Acting Assistant Chief Immigration Officer (Border Control) since November 2009, a position which involves day-to-day management of border control operations at the airport and seaport. During Miss Solomon's career with the Immigration Department she has also gained experience in the Joint Intelligence Unit, Enforcement Unit and immigration operations at the Department Headquarters. Ms Solomon has oversight for 45 Officers in Border Control.
Senior Assistant Chief Immigration Officer
Mrs Dolcy Powery has the longest service with the Department. She has been employed for over 38 years and has worked in almost every Section of the Department. Mrs Powery supervises three staff members and has direct responsibility for the Visitors’ Extension and the processing of Temporary Express Work Permits. Mrs Powery frequently provides support in many areas of the Department and she has received extensive training in immigration law and other related courses both locally and in England.