The Office of the Premier today dismissed as “nonsense” an online article claiming work permit fees for Jamaicans will be waived as well as the reintroduction of a no-visa policy.
The article, from the site I ndependent.co.uk, is being circulated on social media and has been shared 190 times on Facebook. It also been generating a flurry of comments locally.
It purports that under the new policy citizens of both Cayman and Jamaica can travel to either country without a visa for up to six months and fees for new work permit applications and renewals will be waived from next month.
However the Office of the Premier refuted the contents of the article.
“There has been no discussion at caucus or at Cabinet with regards to such a change and the false article is mischievous and people should not be fooled by it,” the Office of the Premier said in a statement to Cayman 27.
The Office of the Premier said that the story was brought to its attention that the changes were “supposedly sanctioned by Cabinet and approved by Legislative Assembly members on Friday last. It is obvious that this story is nonsense,” the statement said.
The article attributes the confirmation of the change in policy to HE Governor Helen Kilpatrick. However, the article has no author nor does it have a date.
The Office of Premier, in its statement, made it clear, “Cabinet has neither considered nor does it intend to consider nor has it sanctioned any such measure. Certainly the Legislative Assembly is yet to meet and has obviously not passed such changes to work permit fees for Jamaicans.”
The article also states that Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin will issue a statement on Monday announcing the changes.
However the Office of the Premier denied any plans for such an announcement.