It appears the ruling Government and Opposition have found something they can finally agree on: The rollover policy and doing something about it.
If members of the Cayman Islands Cabinet approve recommendations on how to change Cayman’s immigration system, then rollover is here to stay and the debate is finally over.
They recommend that the term limit be extended from seven years to 10 years, allowing any workers who make it past seven years to apply for permanent residency.
The measure would be a win-win for employers and those who want to remain in the Cayman Islands and meet stringent requirements to be granted permanent residency.
The United Kingdom does not want Cayman to allow foreign nationals to stay here more than 10 years without any security of tenure or citizenship rights because it is against human rights conventions. On the other hand, our government does not want to allow everyone to remain here long enough to get security of tenure because Caymanians will soon become a minority citizenship group in their own country. That’s what the rollover was all about in the first place - controlling the population of the Cayman Islands; not ensuring that Caymanians got jobs. We wait to see what Cabinet is going to do.