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Time Given Back on Temporary Work Permits Affected by COVID-19 Shutdown

Date: Friday, 31 July 2020


Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC), under a directive by Cabinet, is recompensing time on Temporary Work Permits granted to employers.

Due to the ‘shelter in place’ suppression measures, all non-essential businesses were closed. The concern was raised by the construction industry to the Government, insofar as to the negative financial impact this measure had on their operations at a time when financial resources had already been severely affected.

 In recognition of the hardship that many companies faced, it was decided that time should be credited to temporary work permits that were in effect at the start of the shutdown as they would have lost approximately 10 weeks out of the validity period of those permits.


It was therefore decided by Cabinet, that:

  1. Temporary work permits valid on 22nd March 2020 and expired before the 22nd July 2020, a new temporary work permit will be approved until the 31st August.

  2. Where a temporary work permit was valid on the 22nd March 2020 and remained valid through 22nd July 2020, an application shall be approved for a period of ten (10) weeks from the date of expiry of that temporary work permit.

Each of the aforementioned applications will not require the payment of any fees in respect to the submission of the application/request. The request can be made by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the subject line should state “TWP Directive Application". Visit to view the other information required to be included in the request.

When the temporary work permit issued/extended under the above provisions has reached its expiration, the employer will be required to apply for a full work permit, and in every case, comply with the requirement to advertise the position on JobsCayman for a period of no less than fourteen (14) consecutive days.

Contact WORC at 945-9672 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or visit