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Why Cayman?

How Hard is it to Move to the Cayman Islands?

How to move to the Cayman Islands

Nestled in the heart of the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands have long been a dream destination for those seeking the perfect blend of tropical paradise and a thriving business environment. Boasting crystal-clear waters, a robust financial sector, and a laid-back lifestyle – it’s no wonder that many are considering making the move to this idyllic destination. But how challenging is the process of relocating to the Cayman Islands? Quite frankly, it is much easier than one would believe! In this article, we explore the various ways to moving in the Cayman Islands, shedding light on the options available for those eager to call this island oasis their home.

Different Routes to Take

Embarking on the journey to becoming a resident in the Cayman Islands involves navigating through several pathways, each tailored to suit different needs and circumstances. Whether you are drawn to Cayman's business-friendly environment, or simply captivated by its natural beauty, there's a route for everyone. Let's dive into the details of two prominent avenues, with a special focus on Cayman Enterprise City.

Cayman Enterprise City: A Unique Pathway to Living in the Cayman Islands

Cayman Enterprise City (CEC) stands out as a distinctive and easy process for those looking to establish themselves in the Cayman Islands. The special economic zones (SEZs) are designed to attract knowledge-based industries, including science and technology, media, commodities and derivatives, maritime, aviation, and more. The CEC residency programme offers a streamlined process for eligible individuals, providing a unique opportunity to live and work in the Cayman Islands.

To qualify for residency through CEC, individuals must be part of one of the approved categories. Businesses choosing the Cayman Islands as an international base of operations enjoy 100% exemption from local Corporate Tax, 100% exemption from Capital Gains Tax, and 100% exemption from local income, payroll, and sales tax.

For those looking for a way to move to Cayman fast, individuals will be pleased with CEC's quick and efficient process of only 4-6 weeks to set up their business in the Cayman Islands. CEC offers qualified individuals 5-year work visas that can be renewed for a further 4 years. Once you are in your eighth year, CEC visa holders can then apply for Permanent Residency with the right to work, and your time with the CEC visa counts towards your application status.

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Work Permits

If you are looking into relocating to the Cayman Islands but are not Caymanian or married to one, the process may take a bit more time. Your initial step to moving to this so-called paradise is to secure a job or receive a job offer. Following this, your Cayman employer will need to apply for a work permit on your behalf. To navigate this process effectively, it is essential to grasp the distinctions between a Full Work Permit, and a Temporary Work Permit, as opposed to obtaining classification under a Student Visa

With a Full Work Permit, all foreign nationals that get employed in the Cayman Islands and who are granted a work permit are allowed to stay on-island for up to nine year. After eight years, most residents are assured of the right to apply for Permanent Residence. In comparison, a Temporary Work Permit ranges from terms of one month up to a maximum of six months and generally cannot be extended or renewed.

How to move to the Cayman Islands

In conclusion, moving to the Cayman Islands is a viable and attractive prospect for those seeking a blend of business opportunities and a high-quality lifestyle. With the option of being granted the right to work and reside in the Cayman Islands, individuals can find a route that aligns with their goals and aspirations. Whether you are drawn to the thriving business landscape or the natural wonders that abound, the Cayman Islands present an inviting and fairly easy opportunity for those ready to make the move to this Caribbean gem.

If you would like to hear more about Cayman’s thriving special economic zones and discover what our team can do to help your business grow, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – trading in the snow for white sandy beaches is easier than you think.

Topics: Why Cayman?
Rebecca Young
Rebecca Young is the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Cayman Enterprise City (CEC) and leads the delivery of all marketing and promotions for CEC’s sister organisation and not-for-profit, Enterprise Cayman. Rebecca helps to coordinate and raise awareness of community initiatives, events, and opportunities for entrepreneurs and individuals embarking on careers in Cayman’s knowledge and technology sectors.
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