Term Limit Review Committee proposes abolition of key employee
The Term Limit Review Committee, appointed by the government in September last year to review the controversial term limit policy for foreign workers in the Cayman Islands, has recommended moving the term limit from seven to 10 years and doing away with the key employee provision in the current immigration law.
The report was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Friday, 15 June.
The recommendation is for a fixed term limit of 10 years and “that if a person has not obtained the right to permanently reside, they will have to leave the jurisdiction for a minimum of not less than one year.”
The proposal to abolish the key employee mechanism is on the grounds that “it creates an unsatisfactory and artificial vetting system for long-term residents, which is effectively controlled by employers and is unfair to employees.”
Under the recommendations, all foreign workers would be able to apply for the right to reside permanently in the islands, between year 7 and 8.
The committee’s recommendations also call for the term limit to be implemented for expatriate employees working in the public sector “to ensure there is a level playing field”.
In presenting the report to the Legislative Assembly, Premier McKeeva Bush, stated that the document had not yet been accepted by Cabinet, but the public will be asked to provide feedback on the recommendations.
“Given the high profile nature of this subject and to ensure openness and transparency within my government, I am tabling this report today in order to provide the public with an opportunity to review and provide comments,” the Premier stated in the Legislative Assembly on Friday.