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.