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Working on Grand Cayman?
I'm currently working at a hotel resort in SE Georgia, USA. I'm thinking of moving to Grand Cayman in December 2007.
I've got a few questions:
Can I apply for a work visa/permit before I arrive or will the company that I apply to sort the visa out for me?
What is the maximum length of time you can get a working visa for?
Can anybody reccommend websites for property rental on Grand Cayman?
Does anybody know of any recruitment agencies on Grand Cayman that specialize in the hospitality industry.
I worked in Grand Cayman for over 2 years back in 2000, things may have changed a bit since (left mid 2003) but here's how it worked:
To stay in Cayman you need a work permit. The company that wants to employ you must apply for the permit and pay all fees. The local authorities require that the local employer 'prove' a job can't be filled by a Caymanian or a permanent residente (basically someone married to a caymanian).
Normally there are 2 types of work permits, a temp work permit which gets you there quicker but only lasts 6 months and isn't usually renewed (thing may have changed), or a 'permanent' work permit which must usually be renewed every year but can be more easily renewed. The hospitality industry usually make use of the temp work permits as they can get people down within a couple of weeks, the banking/accounting/IT industries tend to apply for permanent work permits which cost more, take longer to get approved by immigration but can be more easily renewed. Doesn't mean a temp permit can't be renewed I think...
Can't remember any recruitment agencies in Cayman but you could try a search on google... I only know of 'http://www.steppingstonescayman.com/'.
Renting on the island is a bit of an adventure... I suggest you stay close to where you work. Most work is around georgetown and hotels along west bay road (along 7 mile beach)... Renting and cost of living in general is expensive, make sure you money making prospects take that into consideration. It's a nice island although I haven't been there since Ivan almost totally distroyed the island back in 2004, I hear crime went up a bit, still I doubt it is anything like other carribean islands...
Hope this helps, like I said some things may have changed since I last worked there...
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