(CMR) Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) has simplified applications by removing the requirement to submit multiple medical records for persons submitting Work Permits, Permanent Residency and Cayman Status applications, Temp Work Permits, Extensions, Business Visitor’s Visas, and Special Economic Zone applications.
Effective 1 December 2022, a medical declaration cover letter from a medical practitioner will be the document required for the submission of applications.
“The change to simplify the medical documents for application submission has been long overdue, and with the passing of the Data Protection Legislation (DPL), it is imperative now more than ever that WORC receives, processes and stores only the relevant and necessary information that belongs to that department for processing applications,” said Acting Interim Director Jeremy Scott.
It’s important to know that WORC does not own medical documents that are considered sensitive data under the Data Protection Legislation. WORC will receive in the medical declaration cover letter what the individual has been screened for in accordance with the medical examination guidelines.
The medical declaration cover letter will need to be completed in conjunction with a medical examination guidelines document that specifies the minimum medical requirements. The cover letter is valid for twelve (12) months.
Individuals or companies submitting the applications need to ensure they remain in compliance with what’s required and that the medical declaration cover letter is signed and dated by the medical practitioner carrying out their examination.
A medical examination will need to be completed by a practitioner fully registered as a medical doctor from one of the jurisdictions accepted by the Medical and Dental Council of the Cayman Islands (the United Kingdom, United States or Canada, Jamaica, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand). If coming from other countries, the medical examination needs to be completed in the Cayman Islands.
A grace period will be given to allow persons submitting applications to be aware of the new requirement. However, applications received after 1 December 2022 without the medical declaration cover letter will not be accepted for processing.
Contact WORC’s Customer Care at 1-800-534-9672 or 945-9672 with queries or to review the medical examination guidance document and new medical cover letter, visit medical.worc.ky