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Term Limit FAQs

Term Limits - Frequently Asked Questions

What are Term Limits?
A persons’ term limit is the maximum period for which work permits may be granted or renewed in their favour.
What is the maximum period a holder of a work permit may remain in the Islands?
The Term Limit of a worker is nine years.
How can I determine when my Term Limit started?
Your Term Limit starts on the date on which you first entered the Islands, if you first entered the Islands as a work permit holder; or the date on which your work permit was granted, if you first entered the Islands as a tourist visitor.
If I am a dependant of a government employee or a work permit holder and am granted a work permit, when will my Term Limit start?
Your Term Limit will start from the date you were first in the Islands as an approved dependant.
I have been working for the Cayman Islands Government and have never held a work permit before. If I am granted a work permit to work in the private sector, when will my Term Limit start?
Your Term Limit will commence on the date your work permit is approved.
I have been married to a Caymanian and recently divorced. When will my Term Limit start?
Your Term Limit will commence on the date your work permit is granted after your divorce.
What happens if I leave the Cayman Islands before my Term Limit expires? Can I come back and work at some later date?
If you leave the Islands for less than one year prior to the expiration of your Term Limit, upon your return to the Islands you may be granted a new work permit for the unexpired period of your Term Limit. But if you leave the Islands for more than one year, your Term Limit will start over upon your return and you may stay another seven years (or nine if you are made a key employee).
How long do I have to leave the Island for my Term Limit to start over?
Upon the expiry of your Term Limit you must leave the Islands for at least one year before you may be granted any further work permits. For example, if your work permit expires on 12 Jan 2007 and you leave the Islands on the 13 Jan 2007, you will be eligible for a new work permit on the 14 Jan 2008.
Will return visits to the Islands affect the period of time I must be absent from the Islands in order to have my Term Limit restarted?
No. You are free to return to the Islands as a visitor at any time.