Immigration to explain new accreditation system

| 13/03/2009

(CNS): Officials from the Department of Immigration will be meeting with employers and business owners as they embark on an island wide road show in a bid to explain the new work permit system that the government intends to implement. The new accreditation system requires all businesses that will employ work permit holders to become accredited before they can be considered for future permits and other immigration services.

Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson said the accreditation system is geared toward holding business owners accountable and rewarding best practices; advancing Caymanians in the workforce; and preventing the work-related abuse of non-Caymanians workers.

Over the coming weeks, representatives will visit all the districts to meet with small and large business owners, he said. Manderson added that the accreditation system is expected to promote good business practices, specifically by ensuring that employers are complying with the pension, health and labour laws.

“There are many outstanding business operators in Cayman who play by the rules, but unfortunately there are also instances of employers acting unscrupulously, or disregarding the fair treatment of their employees,” he said. “Sometimes employers opt not to hire Caymanians because they can employ non-Caymanians at lower wages and deny them benefits.

The accreditation system, which is based on a four-tiered points system, is a way of correcting this imbalance, Manderson said.

“It sets out a number of criteria and assigns each a score,” he explained.  “A minimum score of 350 points is necessary in order to access certain immigration services, such as consideration for work permits.” Businesses that receive more than 350 points are eligible for more benefits.

Accreditation criteria includes maintaining a high standard of business ethics; talent development programmes; employment practices; community programmes; participation in developing a currently under-developed sector, and evidence of Caymanian ownership.

“We will lookat issues such as a company’s compliance with immigration, health and pension laws; mechanisms to advance Caymanians in the workforce, such as scholarship  programmes; the number of Caymanians already hired by that company; as well as support for community initiatives,” he said.

Manderson believes the system will also bring greater transparency and equity to the work-permit application process, and attract other businesses and industries to the Cayman Islands.

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  1. Only For Caymanians says:

    Immigration…. ? In all my travel and knowledge of living and being into other Counrties, it was more of a proven fact that "Immigration" was inclusive to "Border control and Migration issues" rather than the present alternative approach of the Immigration concerns in our Islands called Cayman Islands.

    (CNS): Officials from the Department of Immigration will be meeting with employers and business owners as they embark on an island wide road show in a bid to explain the new work permit system that the government intends to implement.

    An issue I thought should be geared to Immigration Boards/Work Permits ect  and Not the Immigration Law Enforcements Departments. As Immigration Law Enforcements do seem to take the Border Controls, such as Air Ports and Sea Ports for the entering and exiting of persons related to the Country.

    I am Not here to be a Critic, nor to be a scaremonger or a Hate Instigator, I only think that it is time that our Government Departments be soley responsible for their "own"  Departments and manage them Correctly. 

    But take note, this is " the new work permit system that the government intends to implement. "   Yes, the New

    The Work Permit Fiasco has been mingled into so many times for the last four years by the "Immigration Department", and the usual results at the end of the day is, "It doesn’t work", and while all the attempts to fix it, "doesn’t work", at the same time Caymanians are being deprived of "Work" that can be done by Caymanians and the "Sales of Work Permits" become a Revnue for the "Immigration Department.

    And yet the Immigration and other Government Departments alike say, "They are for Caymanians", meaning they take the Caymanians at Heart very seriously and are there to protect and put Caymanians first at all times. Maybe I should be a "Paper Caymanian"

    Or better yet, let me say this,  "I am….

    Only For Caymanians"