On the 10th February Compliance officers from the Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) and officers from Customs & Border Control (CBC) carried out a joint operation at a large scale construction site in George Town.
The operation was initiated based on information received by the WORC department that there were illegal employment activities taking place on the site. After the inspection and examination of several persons on site, officers discovered Immigration laws had been breached which resulted in the arrest of multiple persons for various offenses. The WORC department continues to investigate and inquire into the matter.
Jeremy Scott, Deputy Director of Compliance said, “In line with the one of the department’s strategic initiatives focused on detection and mitigation of risks, efforts such as this, will be consistent by the Department. Effective collaboration with other Government Departments such as Customs and Border Control and other key stakeholders is fundamental to the department’s success. The WORC department looks forward to the public’s cooperation and support in moving forward.”
Employers are strongly encouraged to ensure that they are employing persons within the limitations of their permits, and in accordance with the Immigration Law. If employers or anyone is uncertain as to their compliance with the law, they should reach out to the WORC department.
Failing to adhere to the Cayman Islands Immigration Laws could lead to a substantial monetary fine, being arrested or prosecution in court.