Visitor Work Visas FAQs
- Who is eligible to hold a Visitorís Work Visa?
- To be eligible for a Visitorís Work Visa a person must -
- Be employed full time by a company, individual or institution outside the Cayman Islands
- Be coming to the Islands for the purpose of engaging in commercial activity with one or more persons or licensed business entities in the Islands for no more than five calendar days and be formally sponsored by that person or business entity by way of an invitation letter
- Be proposing to engage in a commercial activity that would otherwise require a work permit
- Be eligible for the grant of a work permit (in other words, not be barred from the grant of a work permit on the basis of an expired term limit)
- Be ineligible for one of the activities listed in Regulation 11 of the Immigration Regulations
- Possess a valid visa for the Cayman Islands if required
- Not be a Ďprofessional employeeí as defined in the Immigration Law.1
- Not have held a Visitorís Work Visa for the same sponsor or sponsors in the same calendar month.
* 1. Professional employeeí is defined as meaning a person qualified as a lawyer, accountant, medical professional, architect, surveyor, teacher, minister of religion or a person qualified in any other occupation that may be prescribed. Note Ė no other occupations have been prescribed.
- How is an application made for a Visitorís Work Visa?
No less than 24 hours prior to the proposed arrival of a visitor being sponsored by a local person or business entity that person or entity must send to the Department of Immigration a standard form letter confirming their sponsorship. Where the visitor is being sponsored by more than one person or entity each must provide a letter of sponsorship. The letter(s) of sponsorship must be sent via email to email@example.com. The standard form letter of sponsorship is available from the Department of Immigration website.
When the visitor arrives at the port of entry he should advise the Immigration Officer that he is being sponsored locally and wishes to apply for a Visitorís Work Visa. He will not be required to complete an application form (as all information will have been taken from the letter of sponsorship) but he will be required to pay an administrative filing fee of CI$100.
- How long is a Visitorís Work Visa valid for?
- Five calendar days.
- Can a Visitorís Work Visa be extended or renewed?
- A Visitorís Work Visa may not be extended or renewed unless the Chief Immigration Officer is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances and only then for a further five calendar days after which the holder must leave the Islands.
- How is an application made for an extension of a Visitorís Work Visa?
- A request must be made in writing to the Chief Immigration Officer prior to the expiration of the first Visitorís Work Visa and the request must be accompanied by an administrative filing fee of CI$100.
- What limitations are there on a Visitorís Work Visa?
The holder of a Visitorís Work Visa is entitled to engage in commercial activity only with his sponsor or sponsors.
Also, the holder or a prospective employer is not permitted to apply for a work permit whilst in the Islands.
The same visitor may not hold more than one Visitorís Work Visa for the same sponsor or sponsor in the same calendar month.
- Does a person invited by a local person or business still require a visa (in the case of a visa national) if they are applying for a Visitorís Work Visa?
- What grounds are there for the refusal of a Visitorís Work Visa?
An application for a Visitorís Work Visa may be refused if Ė
- the applicant is required to have and does not possess a valid entry visa;
- the Department of Immigration has not received a letter or letters of sponsorship in the required form from the person or business entity in the Islands in respect of the applicant;
- the applicant is a prohibited immigrant;
- in the opinion of an Immigration Officer the sponsorship of the applicant is not genuine;
- in the opinion of an Immigration Officer the applicantís presence in the Islands is not conducive to the public good.
- Is there a right of appeal if the application for a Visitorís Work Visa is refused?