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Immigration on the Agenda

Chief Immigration Officer, Portfolio of Internal & External Affairs

Our goal is to share with the public

Franz Manderson, Chief Immigration Officer

Published 16th January 8, 12:0am

Immigration Week, which will highlight the important role of the Immigration Department in the development of the Cayman Islands, will take place from 20 - 25 January. "Our goal is to share with the public, both in Cayman and abroad, who we are, what we do, and how to work with us," said Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson. This, he said, is especially important, given the comprehensive changes that have been made to immigration legislation in the past four years, and the number of far-reaching initiatives to improve customer service delivery at the department and ports. Immigration also wants to increase public understanding of its vital role in keeping the Islands safe; and in maintaining a prosperous economy by managing migration, in a way that both satisfies employers' needs and protects the interests of Caymanians in the workplace, Mr. Manderson said. During Immigration Week, tribute will be paid to former Chief Immigration Officers and former department employees for their public service. The staff, in Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands, also will be thanked for implementing legislative changes, and for their commitment to providing the best service possible. A highlight of the week will be the start of a series of district tours, in which the public can ask questions of Immigration staff. Members of the Department will be in West Bay and travel to the Sister Islands as part if this series. Immigration Week Schedule of Events Sunday, 20 January

  • 10:30 a.m. church service at the Church of God Chapel, Walkers Road
Monday, 21 January
  • Official launch of Immigration Week 2008, at the Westin Casuarina Resort and Spa. The event will include the unveiling of the department's new-look website. Immigration will also unveil a new logo designed by Government Information Services.
Tuesday, 22 January
  • Customer Appreciation Day, Immigration Department, Elgin Avenue
Wednesday, 23 January
  • Workshop for Civil Registrars and Marriage Officers, at Reliable Industries Conference Room, Compass Road
  • 7:30 p.m. Immigration District Evening, West Bay
Thursday, 24 January
  • 4:30 p.m. Immigration District Evening, Cayman Brac
Friday, 25 January
  • Immigration Awards for National Service, at the Marriott Beach Resort. The contribution of past Chief Immigration Officers, and students in the essay competition.