Business Visitor Permit FAQs

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Business Visitor Permit FAQs

Frequently Asked Question about Business Visitor Permits.
What is a business visitor’s permit?
A business visitors’ permit is a facility that allows a business in the Cayman Islands to employ a person from overseas who comes to the Islands for short periods regularly throughout the year but who remains resident overseas. Instead of issuing a permit on each visit the business visitors’ permit is issued once for the whole calendar year.
How does the facility work?
For each person that the business in the Cayman Islands wishes to engage regularly throughout the year they will make a single application for a business visitors’ permit. The application must state the maximum number of times that the business wishes the person to be admitted to the Islands in that particular calendar year, his occupation and the maximum duration of the stay during each visit (up to a maximum of fourteen days on any one visit).
What will the Chief Immigration Officer take into account when considering an application for a business visitors' permit?
When considering an application for the grant of a business visitors' permit the Chief Immigration Officer is required to take into account such of the matters set out in section 44(2) to (4) of the Immigration Law (2011 Revision) as he considers relevant and, when granting business visitors' permits, may impose such conditions and limitations as he thinks fit.
Section 44(2) to (4) states as follows:

"44(2). In relation to the prospective employer, that -

  • he has demonstrated his genuine need to engage the services of the prospective worker;
  • he has, unless he has been exempted by the Governor or by the Board, sought, by advertising in at least two issues for two consecutive weeks in a local newspaper, to ascertain the availability of any one or more of the following in the order in which they are listed –
    • a Caymanian;
    • the spouse of a Caymanian;
    • the holder of a Residency & Employment Rights Certificate; and
    • a person legally and ordinarily resident in the Islands who is qualified and willing to fill the position; and
    • in the case of an application in respect of a professional, managerial or skilled occupation, the Board is satisfied as to the extent to which he has established adequate training or scholarship programmes for Caymanians."

44(3). In relation to the worker –

  • his character, reputation and health, and where relevant, the character, reputation and health of his dependants;
  • his professional and technical qualifications and his experience and competence to undertake the position applied for;
  • the economic and social benefits which he may bring to the Islands;
  • the sufficiency of the resources or the proposed salary of the worker and, where his spouse is employed within the Islands, those of his spouse, and his or their ability to adequately maintain his or their dependants;
  • his facility in the use of the English language; and
  • the location, type and suitability of the accommodation available for the worker and his dependants, if any, throughout the term of the work permit.

44(4). Generally-

  • the protection of local interests and in particular of Caymanians, including without limitation and where applicable, the provisions set out in section 44(2)(c);
  • the availability of the services of a suitable person already legally and ordinarily in the Islands;
  • the requirements of the community as a whole, the demographics referred to in section 24(j) and such other matters that may arise from the application."
Must the person for whom the business visitors' permit application is being made possess a valid passport?
How long does it take for a business visitors' permit application to be processed?
A minimum of ten (10) working days should be allowed for the processing of the application (where all the documentation required above is provided and is complete).
Who is ineligible to come to the Islands on a business visitors’ permit?
A person who is not allowed to hold a work permit on the basis of having worked previously in the Islands and whose term limit has expired may not be employed under a business visitors’ permit.