Special Economic Zone Certificate (SEZ)

These certificates are in effect a special category of work permit. They are only available to employees of entities (“Special Economic Zone Enterprises”) established within Cayman Enterprise City’s SEZs which include Cayman Tech City, Cayman Commodities & Derivatives City and Cayman Maritime & Aviation City.

Zone Certificates enjoy certain advantages over traditional work permits, including in many instances, a lower cost to employers, and an exemption from any requirement to prefer Caymanians or other legal residents for any employment. Accordingly, no advertising is required as part of the application process and the permissions are capable of being granted in only a few weeks. Applications are available from Cayman Enterprise City and from a number of local law firms, who assist enterprises establishing within an SEZ.

See the Running a Business section for more information on Cayman’s SEZs.