CLW3 - Renewal of a Work Permit (Cayman Brac and Little Cayman) Form

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CLW3 - Renewal of a Work Permit (Cayman Brac and Little Cayman) Form

Use this form:

When you wish to apply for the renewal of a Work Permit by the Cayman Brac & Little Cayman Immigration Board for working in Cayman Brac or Little Cayman.

Submission requirements (see checklist):

In submitting this form you should enclose the following (where applicable):

  1. Application

    • All Applications and supporting forms to the application should be printed on regular size, plain, white paper and duly completed.
      • Coloured paper, stock card, letterhead, or parchment/transfer papers are all unacceptable.
    • All forms should be submitted in the correct format which includes the title pages and immigration logos.
    • Forms should be in the correct page number order and there should be no missing pages

  2. Cover Letter
  3. The employer must provide a letter addressed to the Secretary of the Cayman Brac & Little Cayman Immigration Board setting out the reasons for needing to employ the employee and providing any other information that might assist the Board in reaching its decision.

  4. Fees
  5. At the time of submitting application the following fees must be paid:

    • non-refundable administrative filing fee
    • work permit renewal fee for the appropriate employment category
    • dependant fee (per dependant)

  6. Advertisements
  7. Before submitting an application for the renewal of a work permit the employer must, unless exempted to do so by the Governor-in-Cabinet or the Board, advertise the position in a local newspaper to ascertain the availability of a Caymanian, the spouse of a Caymanian, the holder of a Residency & Employment Rights Certificate or a person already legally and ordinarily resident in the Islands. The advertisement must appear in a local newspaper for at least two issues for two consecutive weeks. All responses received from persons in these categories must be forwarded to the Board with the work permit application along with copies of their CVs. A copy of each advertisement (full page of the newspaper showing the date) must also be provided. A base salary or a salary range must be stated in the advertisement along with the benefits being offered. It should be noted that the Board has no power to consider a work permit application unless and until this requirement concerning advertising the position has been complied with.

    Advertising is not required if the employee is to be employed as:

    • a labourer (including carpenter's helpers and mason's helpers)
    • a farm worker
    • a janitorial worker
    • a gardener/landscaper
    • a handyman
    • a food and beverage server (full-time only: positions for part-time servers must be advertised).

    or is otherwise exempted by prior approval from the Cayman Brac & Little Cayman Board under Regulation 4(2) of the Immigration Regulations.

    The advertisement must contain the following information:

    • a full and accurate description of the job to be filled; and
    • a full and accurate description of the qualifications the employer considers are necessary for carrying out the job and the reason for requiring those qualifications; and
    • the number of years’ experience required;
    • the name and address of the employer or agency.

  8. Caymanian Applicants
  9. Attach the resumes of all Caymanian applicants. In the Employer section of the application, include the National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) Job ID Number(s). For each referral, explain why the Caymanian(s) was not hired for the position.

    Further information can be obtained at the NWDA website:

  10. Education
  11. Certified copies of newly acquired educational certificates/diplomas/ degrees.

  12. Police Clearance Certificate
  13. A certified and signed police clearance certificate with respect to the employee and their dependent spouse, if applicable, from their home district or last place of residence and issued within six months preceding the date of application.

  14. Medical Questionnaire
  15. Unless the employee has submitted a medical questionnaire in the three years immediately preceding your application for the renewal of a work permit, one must now be provided. Part 1 must be completed by the prospective employee; Part 2 must be completed by their physician and should bear his/her signature and seal or stamp.

    The original lab report showing the HIV/VDRL test results must also be provided. The HIV/VDRL tests must be taken within the six months preceding your application for the grant of a work permit.

    Note: HIV/VDRL lab reports are not acceptable from Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. Prospective workers from these regions will be required to re-take the HIV/VDRL tests once in the Cayman Islands.

    Medical Questionnaires are also required for an accompanying spouse and any children over the age of eighteen.

  16. Photographs
  17. One full face photograph (passport size):

    • Print name and date of birth on the back of the photograph.
    • The photograph must be in colour and taken within the past 12 months, full face (shoulders and above), with no head covering.
    • The photograph must a have a white background.
    • The photograph size should be between 45mm by 35mm (1.77 inches by 1.38 inches) and 63mm by 50mm (2.5 inches by 2 inches).
    • The photograph should be un-mounted and printed on normal photographic paper.
    • The photograph resolution must be at least 800 dots per square inch. Blurred photographs will not be accepted.
    • Stick-on labels will not be accepted.

  18. Cuban National
  19. Please provide a certified copy of Cuban Visa.

  20. Trade & Business Licence
  21. Where the Trade & Business Licence has expired, a copy of the receipt of payment for the renewal from employer is needed.
    Where the employer is licenced by another body other than the Trade & Business Licencing Board, proof of current licence or copy of the receipt of payment for the renewal is required.

  22. Birth/Marriage Certificates
  23. Where a spouse or a child has been included on the work permit renewal application form, the relationship to the employee must be proved by submitting marriage/ birth certificates as appropriate.

  24. Private School
  25. Please provide a letter from a private school/university confirming acceptance/ attendance for your child. If over eighteen years old, the conformation/attendance letter must be submitted annually.

  26. Term Limit considerations for spousal work permits
  27. If the permits of spouses had different end dates, and one of the spouses has a final work permit (due to Term Limit restrictions), and the other spouse’s work permit is expiring, the spouse whose permit is expiring may apply for one additional work permit. This one additional work permit’s end date will be the same end date as the spousal final work permit.

    A person who is eligible for this consideration is a person who- :

    • Is married to a worker,
    • Is married to a person employed by the Government of the Islands
    • Is married to a person employed by the Government of the United Kingdom, in the Islands
    • Is married to a person employed by any statutory authority or Government owned company, the employees of which are by law not required to hold work permits
    • Is married to a person who is working by operation of law under section 49(2) or 52A(12), or with the permission granted under subsections(4) and (8), and whose right to work in the Islands will expire before that of his spouse
    • whose marriage is in opinion of the Board or the Chief Immigration Officer not a marriage of convenience,
    • who is not living apart from his spouse under a decree of a competent court or under a deed of separation
    • who has not lived apart from his spouse for an aggregate period of three months out of the twelve months immediately preceding the application for the grant in circumstances which, in the opinion of the Board or the Chief Immigration Officer, have led it to conclude that the marriage has broken down.

    may apply for a grant or renewal of a work permit. The period granted may not exceed that of the spouse’s work permit or any renewal thereof or his employment as aforesaid.

  28. English Language Requirements
  29. Prior to arrival in the Islands, a prospective employee whose first language is not English is required to take the overseas English language testing (ELT). This testing requirement is envisioned to be more accommodating and convenient as it will enable persons to make appointments and sit tests in his/her own country prior to travelling to the Cayman Islands.

    Further details can be found on the English Language Testing page.

  30. English Language Translations
  31. All supporting documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an official translation that has been done by a translator who has been approved by the Department of Immigration. Please note that the original foreign language document and the original translation must be submitted with the application. For further information on translation requirements please see the document “Translation Services – Policies and Guidelines.

Additional supporting documentation is required if the prospective employee is to be employed in the following employment sectors/positions:

  • Hospitality Industry
  • If the employee is to be employed as a diver, a copy of their PADI/NAUI certification must be provided.

  • Professional/Managerial Positions
  • Notarised copies of the employee's professional qualifications must be provided.

    • In the case of health practitioners/nurses etc., please provide a certified copy of their license to practice by the Health Practitioners Board
    • In the case of acupuncturists/chiropractors etc, please provide a certified copy of their licence to practice by the Council of Professions allied with Medicine (CPAM)
    • In the case of teachers, please provide a certified copy of their licensing from the Educational Council
    • In the case of professionals within the financial services industry whose positions are regulated by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA), please provide proof of such from the CIMA.

  • Skilled/Supervisory Positions
  • Please provide notarised copies of the employee's qualifications and details of the skills they possess that are relevant and required for the position for which they are being employed.

  • Construction Industry
  • Please provide copies of signed contracts. In addition, building permits for all on-going construction projects and those to be undertaken may be submitted to supplement the application (if available).

    • Plumbers: Please provide a copy of the employee's current license from the Water Authority authorising them to operate as a plumber.
    • Electrical Engineer/Master Electrician/Electrician/Wireman/Lineman: Please provide a copy of the employee's current licence from the Electrical Licensing Board authorising them to operate as an electrician. The employer must also provide the ratio of electricians to electrical helpers employed within the company.

  • Janitorial & Gardening Services
  • Please provide copies of signed contracts/agreements for provision of gardening or janitorial services that are in operation at the time of application or are to be undertaken. Alternatively, please complete Form A, listing the clients and contact details of persons to whom you provide service.

  • Farmers
  • Please provide notarised copy of certification from the Department of Agriculture recognising the employer as a bona fide farmer

  • Drivers
  • Please provide a notarised copy of the employee's license from the Public Transport Board for the appropriate category of vehicle.

  • Security Officer
  • Copy of licence from the Royal Cayman Islands Police (RCIP).

  • Employment Agency
  • Proof of past and future employment for the applicant.

  • Veterinary
  • Please provide approval from Veterinary Board

  • Domestic/Nanny/Caregiver
  • Where the employee is to care for the elderly or infirm, a supporting letter from a medical doctor should be provided which gives details of their medical condition.
    Where caring for a child/children the birth certificates of the child/children being cared for must be provided, unless these documents were previously provided.

  • Entertainment Industry

    • Musical Entertainer
      • Provide demo tape, CD, or DVD of show to be performed.
      • Provide written approval from the Cayman Music Association.
    • Theatrical/ Stage Show Entertainer
      • Provide demo tape, CD, or DVD of show to be performed.
      • Provide written approval from the Cayman National Cultural Association (CNCF).
    • DJ
    • Provide written approval from the Cayman Music Association.

    • Liquor Licence
    • Provide written approval for the event, if applicable.

    • Event Advertising
    • Provide reasonable size samples of advertising materials (e.g. flyers).

Send the completed application to:

The Secretary to the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Immigration Board
PO Box 240
Cayman Brac, KY2-2101
What happens next?
If the application is approved, a letter will be sent to you notifying you of the decision and setting out the terms and conditions upon which you may work.
Provided that the renewal application was submitted prior to the expiry of the existing work permit the worker may continue to work until the outcome of the renewal application, or, if it was refused, the outcome of any subsequent appeal to the Immigration Appeals Tribunal.

Under the Law an applicant is required to provide a complete application which has been defined as above. Failure to comply with the above could result in a refusal by the Board.

  • Revised 15-Apr-16

CLW3 - Renewal of a Work Permit (Cayman Brac and Little Cayman)
Guidelines for the renewal of work permit - Cayman Brac and Little Cayman