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Get Your Visas Early

Published 13th December 7, 12:0am

With the onset of the festive season, the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration is urging persons applying for visitor visas or those who are making arrangements for visits of relatives and friends to submit applications as soon as possible.

Deputy Chief Immigration Officer in charge of Border Control Bruce Smith explained that, given the seven-to-10-day processing turnaround, applicants should pursue this requirement in an expeditious manner. Applications will be handled in the order they are received at the Visa Office. An increase in the number of persons seeking visas to visit the Islands is often experienced in the Christmas season, Mr Smith observed.

"We would like to facilitate the family and friends who need to be together in the Christmas Season and we are sensitive to the fact that the Cayman Islands is a destination of choice for many persons," Mr. Smith said, but added: "However, we also have the responsibility to ensure that the integrity of the screening process is not compromised because we are rushing."

The seven-to-10-day timeframe, he said, is to allow the department to carry out the necessary background checks and other measures on the material information provided by the visa applicant. Accordingly, he said, the solution rests with persons submitting their applications early. The Cayman Islands has visa offices in Honduras and in Kingston, Jamaica. Processing for all other nationals is administered through British Embassies world wide.

Mr Smith reminds Jamaican nationals that the visa office in Kingston has been relocated. The new location is the Winchester Business Centre, Unit # 2, 15 Hope Road, Kingston 10.