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British, Jamaican, Canadian and American citizens are permitted to enter the Cayman Islands as tourists without any restrictions. If you are thinking of moving to the Cayman Islands from anywhere else, you will need to apply for a tourist visa through the British Embassy.
When you wish to apply for an immigration visa to the Cayman Islands, you must first enter as a visitor or student, and then register yourself at the local administration unit, to stay for up to 6 months. After which time, you can apply for permanent residency. Favour is given to those that can prove they can support themselves, and are willing to invest around $180,000 (182,770 €) in the local economy. If you need to relocate to the Cayman Islands for work, you can apply for a work permit through the Cayman Islands department of immigration.
Grand Cayman is the most popular island with expats and depending on your situation, it is quite affordable to either buy a property or rent one there. In recent years, property prices have declined, making it an opportune time to secure your new home. However, you will notice a sharp increase in the prices in the centre of George Town, compared to the outskirts. A home in the centre of George Town will cost around $29,000 (29,450 €) per square metre, compared to only $8,000 (8,123 €) in the suburbs. If you are thinking of renting an apartment in the Cayman Islands when you first arrive, you could expect to pay around $1,500 (1,523 €) per month for a one-bedroom home.
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LIVING IN THE CAYMAN ISLANDS
Given the wealth that the Cayman Islands attract, the cost of living in Grand Cayman and other islands is higher than in the United States, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For a daily cappuccino in an average coffee shop, you should expect to pay around $5, and an average meal for two in a medium-priced restaurant will cost around $80-$100. Utility bills on average will cost you around $350 and the price to subscribe to a good internet plan can be between $85 – $100.
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The job market in the Cayman Islands is largely influenced by the many established businesses and entrepreneurs who choose to bring business to the Cayman Islands, thanks to its simplified tax system and lax corporate reporting obligations. Therefore, the best place to start looking for work when you are living in the Cayman Islands is in the tourism or financial sectors. You can find vacancies posted on local websites, or why not approach a few businesses directly and make an even better impression?
The Cayman Islands offer plenty of choice when it comes to schools, and public education is free of charge for locals and residents of the islands. Many wealthier residents and expats choose to send their children to one of the private schools in the Cayman Islands, with smaller class sizes and better facilities. The school system in the Cayman Islands is based on the British curricular and is offered in English:
The healthcare system in the Cayman Islands is very similar to the U.S. system, and each resident is obliged to pay for their own healthcare. However, the quality of medical services and healthcare available to expats and residents is top-notch, owing to the fact that their system is privately funded. Most public and private healthcare facilities can be found on Grand Cayman, with smaller clinics on the other islands.
If you are thinking of driving when you relocate to the Cayman Islands, the first thing you should know is that they drive on the left, not the right like in the United States. It is permitted to drive in Grand Cayman and the rest of the Cayman Islands with your foreign license and either a local visitors permit (which will cost you $16) or an international driving permit.
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