In this section we discuss Cayman Islands immigration and entry requirements for all those wanting to visit Cayman as a tourist and those wanting to move here as a new resident.
If you are a Visitor to the Cayman Islands, we discuss how many days you can come for a visit and what additional time you get if you can show you own a property here. We discuss how you can come here and what happens if you decide you want to stay and work here.
Then we detail all the different work permit options along with what you will need to submit and who has to pay for the permits (your employer not you). For the person who has lived in Cayman for nine years we detail how to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) and what happens to the person who does not think they will qualify (they get rolled over for 12 months). We give the new arrival, who thinks they may want to stay in Cayman forever, great tips on what and how to prepare in advance for their Permanent Residency application.
For the person who has just married a Caymanian we explain how you cannot apply for a work permit and must instead apply for an Employment Rights Certificate as the Spouse of a Caymanian. An easy process but it involves a ton of paperwork. Tip: get prepared before you get married!
For the wealthy retiree we have a category just for you – a Certificate of Permanent Residency for Persons of Independent Means. We love people in this category and there are a lot of you here in Cayman, so you will be in good company!
There are also Permanent Residency categories for those who invest substantially in businesses in Cayman.
Then for the people who have been here for 15 years (and have had PR for 5 years) we discuss how you can become Naturalised and in due course acquire the Right to be Caymanian and get a British passport as an British Overseas Territory Citizen. The process, to this point, is slow and not unduly onerous but it is definitely worthwhile! Cayman is a phenomenal place to live, work, raise your children and retire!
But first, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s start at the very beginning and assess the exact steps needed in the process of becoming a legal resident, starting out as a ‘New Arrival’.
If you cannot find the answer to your specific question please feel free to email us and we will point you in the right direction.
[*If you are a Caymanian, visitor or work permit holder living in the Cayman Islands who is seeking immigration advice about traveling off Island via the United States, please jump over to our Important Travel Requirements page.]
We are often asked how many days, as a visitor, one can stay in the Cayman Islands. Under the law, a person who has no other basis to enter the Cayman Islands (i.e. a Work Permit) and with no right to residence (i.e. does not have a spouse, parent or grandparent who is a Caymanian and does not hold an express permission based on those circumstances), may be admitted into Cayman as a visitor for a total of up to six months, with extensions permissible in rare circumstances thereafter.
If you are looking to move to the Cayman Islands and are neither Caymanian, nor married to a Caymanian, nor married to a work permit holder or permanent resident, these are the normal ways you can become legally resident.
- Work Permits
- Government Contracted Workers
- Special Economic Zone Certificate (SEZ)
- Student Visas
- Certificates of Direct Investment
- Residency Certificates (Substantial Business Presence)
- Residence as a Person of Independent Means
- Certificates of Permanent Residence for Persons of Independent Means
For those expatriates with a connection to the Cayman Islands various options may be available (in addition to the above).
The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory (not a sovereign nation), therefore there are no consulates located in the country. There are however, country consulars in Grand Cayman that assist the nationals of their countries with passport renewals, travel emergencies and travel advice. The consulars listed below may also provide foreign nationals with guidance on the travel requirements that need to be met in order to enter their home country.
The Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs of the Cayman Islands Government and the Office of the Governor have assembled contact details for the consular representatives of the following countries. See the following page for more information: