GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC):
THE NEW Immigration Reform Bill for the Cayman Islands, which was passed by legislators last week, will become law today, extending the term limit for work permits from seven to nine years.
As a result, the Immigration Department here is preparing for an influx of customers when the Term Limit Exemption Permits (TLEPs) expire.
The law gives a 45-day reprieve to non-Caymanian workers who otherwise would have had to leave the islands after today, when their TLEP expired.
Those exempted workers, about 1,500, can now stay in the British-dependent territory until December 9, as long as they get their passports regularised today or tomorrow.
Chief immigration officer Linda Evans said the Immigration Department is setting up temporary facilities to assist some of the TLEP holders who need to get their passports stamped.
After the December 9 deadline issues are resolved, the exempted workers' employers will have to apply for a new work permit on behalf of those individuals.