New Cayman ministry to address immigration issues

Friday, June 09, 2017

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC) — Premier Alden McLaughlin says his new a dministration will be addressing several issues related to immigration with the establishment of a Human Resources Ministry to deal with “all aspects of employment in Cayman”.McLaughlin made the disclosure during a press conference earlier this week, where he also announced the formation of the Cabinet in the coalition government.

According to McLaughlin, his administration must “sort out” the British territory's immigration problems during his second term as leader.

“There are significant problems and a whole range of issues — from leadership, personnel issues, obviously issues with permanent residence, issues with the speed and efficiency with which work permits are dealt with,” he said.

The premier has now given direct responsibility to the newly formed Human Resources Ministry that includes the Immigration Department and the National Workforce Development Agency.

The ministry will also have to decide how to address the backlog of more than 900 applications for permanent residence from long-term non-Caymanian residents of the territory.

Employment is another issue that will be handled by the ministry.

The premier said all aspects of employment, including the approval of work permits and finding jobs for unemployed Caymanians, will be handled by the new ministry.

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