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Cayman's Global Citizenship Concierge Program

“Work from paradise” in one of the safest places in the world

Launched in October 2020, the Cayman Islands’ Global Citizen Concierge Program continues to create a buzz among digital nomads all over the globe who believe that making the Cayman Islands their “virtual office” for the next two years is an opportunity too good to resist.

After all, how many other places do you know where you can work remotely in absolute safety and convenience, amidst the enchanting vista of one of the most celebrated island destinations in the world?

According to reports, more than 50 digital nomads have already been residing on island under the Global Citizen Concierge Program at the beginning of the current year, with almost a hundred applications in process or already approved. This early surge of applicants totaled 205 individuals – a number that is expected to rise dramatically especially then the borders reopen.

Reviving work-life balance with Caymankindness

It is not surprising why so many professionals and independent workers are choosing to work away from home and work in paradise instead — especially in the middle of a global health crisis.

Certainly, the Cayman government’s impressive management of the coronavirus crisis has largely contributed to increasing this high level of confidence. Not only is the Cayman widely recognized for its excellent quality of life, secure environs, and stable economy, it has also been successful in effectively suppressing the spread of COVID-19 at its earliest phase.

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Although international borders remain closed to date, daily activities on the islands have generally returned to normal, with people able to safely go about their business mask-free, except for a few high-risk facilities like hospitals and airports.

The promise of a safe haven where one can live and work freely without fearing for their wellbeing is especially irresistible to many professionals, particularly those from Europe and North America, who are hoping to escape the stringent health protocols and bitter winters of their home countries.

With the Global Citizen Concierge Program, professionals employed overseas but are capable of working remotely can create a temporary home base in the Cayman Islands for as much as two years – the longest remote work visa offered anywhere at the moment – and still enjoy unlimited trips in and out of the country for those who need to travel frequently for work.

Admittedly, the Cayman Islands’ Global Citizen Concierge Program is more exclusive and has stricter entry requirements than similar remote work visas offered by other countries. But all for good cause.

Aside from offering the longest period of stay for digital nomads, the GCCP also provides the highest level of personalized service for approved members throughout their residency on the Cayman Islands, along with the tourism ministry’s assurance of support in facilitating a seamless application and relocation process.

On top of the bespoke concierge services offered by the program, Cayman tourism officials are also hoping that professionals and digital nomads alike can “embrace a remote lifestyle and immerse themselves fully in the bespoke luxury, adventure, culture and beauty of the Cayman Islands” as they revive their work-life balance with true island living and the unique experience of Caymankindness.

How to apply for the Global Citizen Concierge Program

If you are ready to pack your bags and spend the next couple of years dipping your toes in crystal clear waters during your lunch break or watching the sunset while sipping a tall drink with friends on your way home, here is a brief overview of what documents are required before you can apply for the Cayman Islands’ Global Citizen Concierge Program:

 FOR APPLICANT(S):

  • Proof of Employment and/or Income

Applicants must provide a letter showing proof of employment with an entity outside of the Cayman Islands stating position, length of employment, and annual salary on company letterhead. Applicant(s) minimum annual salary requirements are as follows:

  • Applicant must make a minimum income of US$100,000 annually if applying as an individual
  • Applicant must make a minimum income of US$150,000 annually if applying with an accompanying spouse/civil partner
  • Applicant must make a minimum income of US$180,000 annually if applying with an accompanying spouse/civil partner and/or dependent(s)
  • Applicant must make a minimum income of US$180,000 annually if applying with an accompanying dependent(s)
  • Proof of Legal Existence of Employer/Company 

Provide a copy of a Certificate of Good Standing/Certificate of Incorporation or Registration with an authorized government body in your country including website details and any social media profile information.

  • Bank Reference
  • A notarized bank reference. (A bank reference is a bank manager’s written opinion of your credit standing which includes the length of time in which you have been with the bank and the average balance of your accounts.)
  • 6 months of bank statements.
  • Proof of Identity

Clear color copy of the photo and information page of a valid passport. Persons requiring a visa for entry into the Cayman Islands must apply. Please click here to find the most updated visa requirements.

  • Police Clearance

Provide a Federal criminal record or similar documentation, issued within the past 6 months old, from the last place of residence for more than 6 months. For all countries, this document must be submitted with fingerprint verification.

  • Proof of health insurance
  • Coverage for all applicants in your party for a minimum of 30 days upon arrival in the Cayman Islands.
  • All applicants must obtain local health insurance coverage within 30 days of arriving in the Cayman Islands.

FOR DEPENDENTS:

Per Cayman Islands Government law, a dependent is defined as the spouse/civil partner of that person, or one of the following relations of that person, namely a child, step-child, adopted child, grandchild, parent, step-parent, grandparent, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, being, in each case, wholly or substantially dependent upon that person. Dependents do not include, caregiver, nanny, au pair, common-law relationships, etc.

  • Proof of Identity 

Clear color copy of the photo and information page of a valid passport of each requested dependent. Persons requiring a visa for entry into the Cayman Islands must apply.

  • Evidence of Marital Status/Civil Partnership

Certified copies of marriage/civil partnership certificate and/or death and divorce decree(s), where applicable if the applicant and/or spouse was married/civil partner before.

  • Dependent Children

Provide copies of birth certificates or adoption orders in respect of any dependent children listed on the application.

  • Police Clearance

Provide a Federal criminal record or similar documentation, issued within the past 6 months old, from last place of residence for more than 6 months, for dependents 18 years and above.

  • Proof of health insurance
  • Coverage for all applicants in your party for a minimum of 30 days upon arrival in the Cayman Islands.
  • All applicants must obtain local health insurance coverage within 30 days of arriving in the Cayman Islands.

FEE STRUCTURE AND REFUND POLICY:

  • Global Citizen Concierge Certificate Fee up to Party of 2 persons: US$1,469 per annum
  • Global Citizen Concierge Certificate Fee for each dependent: US$500 per dependent, per annum
  • Credit Card Processing Fee: 7% of the total application fee

Fees are non-refundable.

*The application requirements provided above have been sourced from the Cayman Islands official website for the Global Citizenship Concierge Program

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