Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith defends his department after coming under fire on social media over non- collection of $4 million in outstanding permanent residency fees.
Mr Bruce, responding to Cayman 27 queries on the issue, says his team is actively pursuing the fees. In fact, he is sounding a warning that new strategies will be deployed to recoup money from nationals on the delinquent list.
He says PR holders had their facilities revoked in the past for failing to pay and that will continue to be done.
It’s a point Deputy Governor Hon Franz Manderson also made to social media responding to the flurry of comments after the publication of FOI outlining the nationalities of delinquent PR holders on the Facebook page of local group- I am Caymanian where are my rights? sparked widespread debate.
According to the list topping the non-payment offenders; Great Britain (60) $886,841.50, Canada (66) $875,645.00, Jamaica (164) $838,323.00, USA (45) $452,145.00 and Ireland (9) $285,300.00.
And the acting Chief Immigration Officer also addressed the $2 million listed as un-collectible in the FOI, which he says, is currently under review.
“We are in the process of collating updated figures and we shall be pursuing the entire amount,” he says.
Collection of that amount, he adds, will encompass a different approach given the complexities of what immigration is working with in the pursuing the outstanding money.