For expatriates looking to establish a permanent residence in the Cayman Islands, various options may be available.
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These are as follows:
- Permanent Residency with the Right to Work
a) Based on an application made after 8 years of living in the Cayman Islands
b) Based on being the spouse of a Permanent Resident
c) Based on being the child of a Permanent Resident
- Person of Independent Means
- Permanent Residency (without the Right to Work) as a British Overseas Territories Citizen registered by entitlement by virtue of a connection with the Cayman Islands
Continue reading for detailed information on the immigration requirements for gaining Permanent Residence in the Cayman Islands.
Permanent Residency with the Right to Work is given to expatriates based on either an application made after eight years of living in Cayman, being the spouse or child of a Permanent Resident or being the spouse of a Caymanian.
Application After Eight Years
Learn about the points system when applying for permanent residence with rights to work after living in the Cayman Islands for eight years.
Permanent Residence for Spouses and Children
Learn about the process of obtaining Permanent Residency for a spouse or a child in the Cayman Islands.
For foreign nationals willing to invest a significant sum of money in a business or property in the Cayman Islands, Permanent Residency can be gained after a successful application process.
Certificate of Permanent Residency (for persons of independent means)
The right to work in the Cayman Islands indefinitely based on local investment (for persons of independent means)
Residency Certificate (for persons of independent means)
The right to reside in the Cayman Islands is obtainable if you have a significant financial means.
Certificate of Direct Investment (for persons of independent means)
Those who can invest upwards of CI$1 million dollars in the Cayman economy can enjoy the ability to reside in the Cayman Islands for up to 25 years.
Residency Certificate (Substantial Business Presence - for persons of independent means))
The right to reside in the Cayman Islands is available to individuals who either own at least a share in an approved category of business.
Permanent Residency Based on Registration by Entitlement as a British Overseas Territories Citizen
Any child who is born in the Cayman Islands and whose parent subsequently becomes a permanent resident or lives the first 10 years of their life here, may, immediately (or if their parent is not a Permanent Resident) upon their tenth birthday, seek Registration as a British Overseas Territories Citizen (BOTC) by Entitlement.
All persons so registered have a right to remain in the Cayman Islands for life (and hold a BOTC (Cayman Islands) passport). Applications in relation to children who have lived in Cayman for the first 10 years of life are independent of a parent’s immigration status, and cannot be denied to a child who meets the criteria. This reality is both a reason for the rollover policy and creates an enormous opportunity for the Cayman-born children of those to whom the rollover is not applied (including civil servants and anyone exempted from term limits, including persons married to government employees or even work permit holders).
Many people have asked what happens next once someone has been granted Permanent Residency (PR). Here we explain.
If your PR is turned down the first thing you have to do is decide whether you are going to appeal the decision or not. If you choose to appeal then the next step is to serve a formal Notice of Appeal on the Secretary of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal (IAT) – located in the Government Administration Building.