Cost of Cayman citizenship goes up as fees increase

| 07/01/2010

(CNS): Along with a number of other increases this year the cost of becoming a naturalized citizen of the Cayman Islands has also gone up. The Deputy Governor’s Office announced, yesterday, that a number of fees relating to citizenship have increased, as outlined in the Government Fees Order, 2010. A naturalisation application will now cost $625 and attendance at an optional private citizenship pledge or presentation ceremony will cost $500. These increases do not affect applications that were received on or before 31 December 2009. See below for full schedule of the new fees.

Filing fee for Naturalisation; or Registration as a British Overseas Territory Citizen of the Cayman Islands; or, Registration as a British Citizen – $200

Naturalisation application – $ 625

Registration application (for minors 17 years and under) – $250

Private citizenship pledge/presentation ceremony (optional) – $500

Proof of nationality application – $150

Rescheduling fee for citizenship pledge ceremony $100 (Exceptions will be made in cases of emergencies.)

Passport and Corporate Services Office has also increased some fees.

Affixing an apostille to documents – $150

Express (same day) affixing an apostille to documents – $200

Authentication of documents – $75

Express (same day) authentication of documents – $100

For more information, contact the Deputy Governor’s Office at 244-2403, or the Passport and Corporate Services Office at 244-2273. Citizenship application forms are available from the receptionist at the Government Administration Building (Glass House).

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  1. Sole Provider says:

    Caymanian Status for $500 is just another example of Caymanians giving away their birthright.
    People only go through the process of becoming a Caymanian if it will improve their or their family’s lot in life.
    For some, Caymanian status even allows them to avoid paying extremely high tax rates levied on them by their home country.
    In this regard $500 is a paltry sum to pay for such benefits.
    Fees in the range of $5000 would be more reasonable.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you sole provider! you are so right, in fact the fee for Caymanian Status should be $50,000 and we might not have so many of them on the poverty list for hand outs at social service.  Of course the bleeding hearts on here will say that we only want rich people and the poor little man from wherever who is such a nice person should also have a chance. Well, sorry, but we already have too many poor little nice people that this country is feeding free and can ill afford to do. the Status and PR board should find out how many of them are out there being a burden on this country since they were granted status and PR and claimed they were of good financial standing, round them all up, revoke their approvals and send them back from where they came.

      • Anonymous says:

        For those that would round up and summarily revoke Naturalized Persons with Permanent Residency, that have made commitments, investments, and 15+ years of contribution to the betterment of these islands, I say may God have mercy on your soul.  Thankfully, the decision is not yours to make.


    • frank rizzo says:

      The $500 fee is for attendance at a private pledge or presentation ceremony to become naturalised. The article does not include the fee for granting of status. I don’t know what that fee is. In fact, the word status is never mentioned in the article. Maybe a $5000 fee to remain a citizen is in order.

  2. Twyla Vargas says:

    I support these increase in fees, because if a person has ben in Cayman long enough to obtain Status and Residence, then they should have no problem paying these fees.  Too many foreign nationals and their Children are on Children  Family Services pay  roll for free rent, food and medical They have Cayma residence and status, yet Caymaians are turned down.  Thefees should be higher.

    • No choice says:

      Excessive fees would be a breach of the UK’s international obligations in respect of citizenship for long term resident.

      • Anonymous says:

        So how come Bermuda does not grant its citizenship to anyone at all based on residence? We have provided it to over 10,000 in the last 5 years and it plainly isn’t workingh. Perhaps Bermuda could teach us a thing or two.

        • Anonymous says:

          Bermuda has already had lost one high profile challenge to its illegal systems recently, the rest are just a matter of time and opportunity.

  3. Che G says:

    The increase in fees are neccesary to insure that people just signing up know what they are getting into from the start.  Get used to rising fees your in Cayman now.  Is the pledge opptional or the ceremony?  If not you may have to pay the rescheduling to coinside with the premier actually being on island so you can kiss his ring.  If your here to work for the Govement than you have to kiss his A$$. I belive they actually pay you for that.  Every week with pension and healthcare.  The only really good jobs left on the island.

      The pledge reads as follows:  I (your name) do swear to never stand up for my rights or ask where the money went.

  4. Pledge? says:

    How can you pledge allegiance to the Cayman Islands when it does not exist as a soveriegn entity?  Is it not like swearing allegiance to Derbyshire?  Always puzzled me that pledge bit.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why does a pledge have to be to a Sovereign State? Why couldn’t someone swear an allegiance to derbyshire?  If I wanted to live there I’d be happy to do that  

      • Anonymous says:

        The Americans pledge allegiance "to the flag". If they can pledge allegiance to a piece of coloured cloth (and if they want to, fair enough), I am sure we can pledge allegiance to the Cayman Islands, whether it be a soverign State or an Overseas territory.

        • Rorschach says:

          Whilst I respect your comment, I think you are missing the point of the "Pledge of Allegiance."  If you were to take the entire entity in it’s whole it reads:

            " I Pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of American, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice, for all."


          Now interetingly enough, it’s that second bit, "and to the Republic, for which it stands", that you forgot to include, for you see, Americans don’t simply pledge allegiance, to a "piece of colored cloth".  That cloth represents something.  Something that men a women, for 244 years have fought and died for, and to downplay the signifigance of that sacrifice shows that you are not someone who understands what sacrifice of the one for the betterment of the whole is all about!!  Until you do, Pledging Allegiance to anything will be a waste of breath for you.

          • Anonymous says:

            I was merely trying to reiterate the point that pledging allegiance to the Cayman Islands is perfectly reasonable.   

      • Al E. Jance says:

        Allegiance is to the state which means when the interests of the state are contrary to ones personal interests or one’s local interests one defers to the state.   Pledging allegiance must mean pledging allegiance to the greater good of the UK in whose interests all Caymanians should act.

    • frank rizzo says:

      Does anyone know what the actual pledge is? This whole thread may be an exercise in futility.

      • Polly Tricks says:

        "I solemnly pledge blind allegiance to the machinations of Mac, to uphold discrimination against homosexuals and to blindly believe that Cayman can tax the bejessus out of foreign investors in the offshore industry and they will keeping paying so we don’t have to."