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Work Permit Renewal Applications Must Be Submitted On-time

For Immediate Release

Grand Cayman, 26 May 2022 – Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) reminds employers that work permit renewal applications must be submitted on or before the expiration of the current work permit.

Failure to do so will result in the employee having to immediately cease employment and to attend Customs and Border Control (CBC) to be regularized.

To avoid any inconvenience, it is highly recommended that work permit renewal applications be submitted at least 30 days before the expiration of the work permit.

Contact Customer Care for queries relating to applications via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 945-9672.



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WORC In-Person Services May Be Delayed

Public Service Announcement

 Grand Cayman, 19 May 2022 – Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) advises the public that there may be delays in providing in person services at the office today Thursday, 19 May 2022.

     WORC encourages persons submitting more than 2 applications to use the online payments via the JobsCayman Stand Alone Payment portal.

For assistance in using the Jobcayman portal visit or contact Customer Care at 945-9672 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. WORC thanks the public for their patience and understanding.


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WORC Will Not Accept Incomplete Applications



Grand Cayman, 18 May 2022 – Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) advises the public that, effective immediately, incomplete applications will not be accepted. Customers are reminded that the applicant is responsible for providing the required information for the application to be processed in a timely manner.

Applications are considered incomplete if:

  • Sections of the application form are not completed;
  • Personal details such as name, address, telephone number, email address, etc. are missing
  • Signatures are not affixed;
  • All required documents (on the checklist) have not been submitted with each application;
  • Missing a Trade & Business License (if applicable);
  • English Language Tests results, Police Records, Vaccinations cards, Health Insurance or Pension Plan details are missing.

WORC endeavors to improve customer service by reducing the time spent processing incomplete applications. This will allow for better efficiency in the turnaround time for customers who submit complete applications. Customers are encouraged to visit to review application checklists before submitting applications at the WORC Apollo House office or via the online Stand Alone Payment portal. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 945-9672.


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WORC Levies CI$1 Million Plus in Fines Over Past 3 Years



Grand Cayman, 6 April 2022 – Between 2019 and 2021, Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) has levied administrative fines amounting to CI$1,045,154 on companies and individuals in breach of the Immigration (Transition) Act, (2022 Revision).

The fined offences include:

  • Failing to disclose a Caymanian applicant;
  • Employing a person without a work permit;
  • Making a false representation;
  • Overstaying;
  • Causing a person to overstay;
  • Being employed or working outside of the terms of a work permit;
  • Failing to answer truthfully;
  • Unlawful payment of a work permit; and
  • Possession of a forged document.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Labour Hon. Chris Saunders said, “Companies and individuals need to ensure that they remain compliant with our Immigration Laws to avoid being fined and/or prosecuted. This Government is sending a clear message that if people want to continue doing business in the Cayman Islands, they must play by the rules. These rules are not arbitrary. They are not voluntary. They are the law of the land. These laws are designed to ensure that Caymanians are given fair opportunity in their own country, which is no different than any other country around the world requiring their nationals to be given priority.”

During the three-year period, WORC collected CI$740,256.60 of the total fines levied. Fees in the amount of CI$200,472.50 were transferred to the Courts Office for further disposition. A further CI$104,425 was deemed to be non-collectable due to the company or individual’s inability to pay.

In these instances, other avenues of redress are followed including the revocation of the affected work permits.

The chart below provides a breakdown of fines issued and collected during 2019, 2020 and 2021:


Total Breaches



Total Fines Issued

Total Fines Collected

Not Collected/


Not Collected Stayed/Reassessed

































In each year, there were several repeat offenders. In 2019, two companies and four individuals had multiple offences filed against them. In 2020, one company and four individuals were fined for multiple offences. In 2021, three companies and eight individuals were in breach of the Islands’ Immigration Laws on multiple occasions.

Deputy Premier Saunders noted that public “whistleblower” assistance is vital when it comes to ensuring compliance. He said, “I would like to thank the many individuals who have used the compliance portal and reported suspected breaches. We serve the public and also require the help of the public in identifying and prosecuting offenders.” WORC Acting Interim Director Jeremy Scott outlined new measures in place to improve detection of breaches and enforcement of the relevant laws moving forward. He said, “I am also pleased to report that WORC is enhancing its Compliance Unit through a number of strategies, including a review of the administrative systems to verify if an offending company or individual has the financial means to pay a levied fine. Moving forward, if companies or individuals are unable to pay, outstanding matters will be referred to the Director of Prosecutions (DPP) for review and potential Court charges.” Mr. Scott also noted that WORC’s computer systems are being upgraded to ensure that timely notice of expired work permits will be provided to the Compliance Unit for follow-up and enforcement.  These measures are complemented by the set-up of a high-risk registry for repeat offenders that will be closely monitored by Compliance Unit staff. Deputy Premier Saunders said, “In addition to monitoring and sanctioning repeat offenders, on the flip side, we will be rewarding those employers who follow the letter and spirit of our Immigration Laws by hiring, training and advancing Caymanians through a new accreditation system based on their past and ongoing human resources practices. Although we are focusing strongly on compliance, enforcement and redress, we are also keen to give credit where it is due.”




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WORC Office Opening Delayed Today

WORC Office Opening Delayed Today

Grand Cayman, 28 March 2022 – Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) will delay opening today, Monday, 28 March due to a recent office break–in. The RCIPS will be on the scene to investigate and customers are asked not to come to the office until an opening hour has been announced.

Customers are reminded that payments and applications can be uploaded online using the stand alone payment system on the JobsCayman portal.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance in using the payment portal or visit for payment instructions.



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Over 800 Jobs Advertised on National Jobs Portal, Caymanians Urged to Apply

For Immediate Release

Grand Cayman, 25 February 2021 – Caymanians are being urged to apply for over 800 jobs being advertised on the Jobs Cayman portal administered by Workforce Opportunities Cayman (WORC).

The Ministry of Border Control & Labour and WORC have teamed up on a month-long campaign to advertise all available jobs in the local weekly newspapers and drive jobseekers to the online portal to register and apply.

The printed newspaper inserts are being augmented with online ads, radio public service announcements and radio talk show interviews to raise awareness.

The inaugural job listing insert was printed on Friday, 18 February with the next issues being published in newspapers on Friday, 25 February, Friday, 4 March and Friday, 11 March.

An overrun of the first edition of job listing inserts was distributed through the constituency offices of all PACT Members of Parliament. 

While the print campaign is ongoing, efforts are also underway at WORC to make available jobs visible to individuals not registered on the Jobs Cayman portal. However, registration remains mandatory in order to apply for any of the advertised positions.

Acting Director of WORC Laura Watler said, “We continue to encourage all Caymanian job seekers to register with us to ensure that they have the first opportunity at the available jobs being posted. We understand the limitations with accessibility to the job listings and we are working on solutions to remove these. In addition to advertising all local job listings in the printed weekly newspapers, we are working to make job listings on the Jobs Cayman portal visible without registration and looking to make the application process through registration more streamlined.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Border Control & Labour Hon. Chris Saunders said, “Part of the promise of the PACT Government is to offer all Caymanians equal opportunity to succeed. As I have often said, while we cannot guarantee equal outcome, we can guarantee equal opportunity.  Toward this end, the Ministry of Border Control & Labour, in tandem with and via Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC), is working to make the process of applying for available jobs easier for all Caymanian jobseekers.”

Deputy Premier Saunders explained that the printed job listings would be published while changes are being made to the Jobs Cayman portal.

He said, “While our dedicated teams continue to fine tune the Jobs Cayman portal, we have decided to publish all available jobs so interested Caymanian job seekers can readily and easily see what jobs are currently vacant. I am asking all Caymanian jobseekers to peruse the directory listing and be sure to apply for those jobs that fit their skills and interests. Once you’ve found the jobs you want to apply for, just go online to to register with Jobs Cayman and apply.”[...]

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Active WORC Boards Taking Holiday Break


Grand Cayman, 21 December 2021 – All of the statutory boards under the remit of Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) will be taking a break for the holiday season, having been holding regular meetings since first convening in mid-November as per the Immigration (Transition) Act (2021 Revision).

WORC Deputy Director Sian Pairaudeau said, “Although there was an initial delay in meetings following the appointment of new board members, all boards have been active with applications being reviewed and processed in parallel with department administrators.”

Between October and November, the newly-appointed members of the Work Permit, Cayman Status & Permanent Resident, Business Staffing Plan, and Work Permit Cayman Brac & Little Cayman Boards received training on data protection sensitisation and cyber awareness, as well as going through a familiarisation process with board secretaries, relevant processes and policies.

The Cayman Status & Permanent Resident Board also received training on the permanent resident (PR) point system. 

Mrs. Pairaudeau said, “We understand the impact on our customers while the boards were in transition, which included delays in the review and adjudication on some applications. However, the training process was necessary to ensure continuity and timely processing of applications moving forward.”

Additional training will run parallel to board meetings, which will resume in early January 2022 following the holiday break. Applications that can be dealt with administratively will continue to be adjudicated on as normal.

The regular weekly schedule of board meetings will resume in January with the Work Permit Board meeting every Monday, the Business Staffing Plan Board meeting on Wednesdays and some Fridays, and the Cayman Status & Permanent Resident Board meeting every Thursday.  The Work Permit Cayman Brac & Little Cayman Board meets every other Tuesday in Cayman Brac.


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WORC Office Holiday Hours


Grand Cayman, 14 December 2021 – Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) advises the public of their operational hours for the Christmas season.  WORC will close at 12:30pm on Friday, 17 December to facilitate a staff luncheon.

On Christmas Eve, 24 December WORC will close at 12:30pm and will remain closed through 27 and 28 December and reopen with normal hours 29 December. WORC will close at 12:30pm on 31 December for New Year’s Eve and will remain closed until Tuesday, January 2022 when normal hours will resume at 8:30am.

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Ministry of Border Control & Labour Announce Commencement of WORC and CBC Acts

For Immediate Release

Grand Cayman, 14 October 2021 – The Ministry of Border Control & Labour announces the passing of the Immigration (Transition) (Amendment) Act, 2021 and the Customs and Border Control (Amendment) Act, 2021 in Parliament on 5 October. The Acts have now been assented to and will come into force today, 14th October 2021.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Border Control and Labour, Hon. Chris Saunders, says the legislation aims to offer as much protection as possible to the diverse Cayman Islands community, while COVID-19 global pandemic continues.

“The revised legislation endeavours to make the new requirements as reasonable and humane as possible. We have removed the mandate for persons with existing close, long term personal connections to the Islands. In addition we have built in grace periods where appropriate, and allowed medical exemptions where called for. We believe these changes have helped to improve what is otherwise a necessary piece of legislation,” Mr Saunders remarked.

 Therefore the Ministry wishes to advise the public that as of 15th October these Acts will now require eligible applicants and their eligible accompanying dependants to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of the covid-19 vaccinations to WORC and CBC respectively when applying for or renewing the below categories of residence or employment facilities: 

WORC – Immigration (Transition)(Amendment) Act, 2021

  • Persons applying for work permit grants (WP) or renewing work permits, this includes temporary work permits (TWP) new applications and renewals;
  • Amendments to a work permit to add dependents;
  • Certificate for Specialist Caregivers;
  • Permanent Residence; (applicants must have been legally and ordinarily resident in the Islands for at least eight years),
  • Residence certificates for persons of independent means,
  • Surviving or former spouses, civil partners and adult dependents of holders of residency certificates for persons of independent means or holders of certificates of permanent residence for persons of independent means, who are applying for such certificates in their own right.
  • Persons applying for certificates of direct investment,
  • Surviving/former spouse or civil partner of a certificate of direct investment holder applying for such a certificate in their own right
  • Holders of residency certificates (Substantial Business Presence)
  • Spouses, civil partners and dependents of people holding residency certificates for persons of independent means and certificates of Direct Investment
  • Persons exempted from the gainful occupation requirements of non-Caymanians

WORC officials note that the changes mean that temporary work permit applicants must submit an additional form along with the other required documents, although previously no medical form was required.

CBC – Customs and Border Control (Amendment) Act, 2021

  • Student visas,
  • Persons renewing student visas,
  • Persons arriving under the Global Citizen Concierge program and
  • Those receiving entry permits approved by Cabinet

Approved vaccines

The legislation also details which vaccine programmes that are accepted by the CIG. For these purposes the Chief Medical Officer has approved AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.

40 day grace period

Those applying for work permits, who are off-island and for some reason unable to access a COVID-19 vaccination, can submit, along with their application, a declaration of their intent to complete an approved vaccine course within 40 days of arrival on-island. Failure to provide WORC or CBC a vaccination certificate confirming that the applicant has completed the full course will result in revocation of the approved application.

Individuals who are already on-island when submitting their application, may likewise declare their intent to complete an approved vaccine course, and provide a vaccination certificate to within 40 days of approval. Failure to provide WORC or CBC will result in revocation of any grant and having to leave the Islands.


Anyone seeking exemption from the Acts on medical grounds must obtain a letter/certificate from a physician in the Cayman Islands, if applying locally, or from a physician from the country of origin, if applying overseas. This document must be sent to the Health Services Authority for review and approval by the Medical Officer of Health, after which it should be submitted along with the application.

Additionally, WORC and CBC officials stress that if a vaccination certificate, declaration, or medical exemption is not included at the time of the application submission, this may cause a deferral or delay in processing. The declaration form can be found on both CBC and WORC websites.
To facilitate COVID-19 social distancing protocols, WORC and CBC encourages customers with queries to email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-345-945-9672 or toll free 1 (800) 534 9672 or Customs & Border Control, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Customer Support Centre 1-345-649-4579.

Alternatively, persons can review FAQs by visiting or


Special notes:

  1. Here are links to the new legislation online:

The Customs and Border Control (Amendment) Act, 2021

The Immigration (Transition) (Amendment) Act, 2021

  1. For clarity the following immigration categories are unaffected by the provisions of these Acts:
  • Persons applying for the Right to Work (RERC) as the spouse of a Caymanian
  • Surviving spouse of a Caymanian or a Permanent Resident (PR) holder
  • Persons applying for variations of existing Permanent Resident Applications ( such as change in occupation or adding dependants)
  • Non-Caymanian Civil Servants


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WORC JobsCayman portal to undergo scheduled system maintenance

Public Service Announcement: From Sept 17th thru to Sept 18th 2021

Grand Cayman, 17 September 2021 – The Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) JobsCayman portal will be unavailable due to a scheduled essential system maintenance. The system will be down for maintenance for a 12 hour period from Friday, 17th September at 7:00pm until Saturday, 18th September 7:00am

WORC apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Visit or contact Customer Care via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.[...]

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The JobsCayman payment portal has been upgraded to allow applications to be uploaded at the same time as the payment online.

Below link is to the 'How To' PDF Guide
How To Make a stand alone payment

Below link is to the video 'How To' instruction
Click to see the video on how to make a Stand alone payment

JobsCayman Portal 'How To' Guides

How To Register as a Job Seeker

How To Register as a Person

How to Cancel a Case

How To Register as an Employer

How To Review Applicants

How To Submit a Job Post

How To Add an Associated Company

How To Add an Agent

How a Job seeker can view past jobs and application details

How To Discontinue SMS Message Notifications

How Employers can do a high level search and invitation for potential candidates

How Job seekers can enable or disable automatic email notifications for job matchings


  • NEW IMPORTANT NOTE: The email inboxes and have been disabled as of 14 February 2022.
    Emails submitted to these inboxes will not be received.

    *Applications can now be uploaded when making payment online using the JobsCayman StandAlone Payment Portal.

  •  - Application for Direct Deposit of Vendor Payments and Refunds Form

Work Permits

To cancel a Work Permit complete the cancellation form under the page called Applications or click here

Send the completed form via email to
In the email include the following information: 
File Number | Employee Full Name | Employee Date of Birth (DD/MM/YY) and Reason for Cancellation.



If you are owed a refund by WORC it can collected on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 2pm at the WORC office at Apollo House West at 87 Mary Street George Town.


WORC now has an online complaints process. Customers in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac wishing to lodge a complaint may do so by visiting the Complaints page on this website.


To review the WORC Complaints Policy click here


Endorsement Stamps - Are these being issued?

Endorsement stamps are provided once you have a valid permit, without prejudice.  If you are travelling, and your work permit renewal was submitted prior to expiration, we will provide a passport endorsement stamp.

We are also providing re-entry stamps.

Visit the FAQs on the FAQ page at the top navigation bar to get answers to your pending questions or contact our Customer Care team by completing the “Get in Touch’ form below.

The Cayman Islands are currently in Phase 5 of the safe border reopening plan.

To stay updated COVID-19 information and to learn about the Vaccines in the Cayman Island visit


Site Updated as of 23 May 2022