In order to obtain a passport for Cayman Islands, or the British Overseas Territories Citizen passport, the applicant is required to follow through with the process set forth by the Passport and Corporate Services Office located in Grand Cayman, George Town.
The application process is a straightforward one, however, investors who need to go through with this step as part of Cayman Islands company formation can request details from our team specializing in offshore business incorporation.
About the passport for Cayman Islands
Foreign investors who are interested in setting up a Cayman Islands company will need to make sure that they possess valid travel documents (a passport issues by the authorities in their country of residence) before traveling to the Cayman Islands for business or investment purposes.
Holders of British Citizen of any other nationality passport are required to bring it when submitting the application to obtain a Cayman Islands passport. This is important as the details in the current passport are verified and cross-checked with the ones provided in the application for the Cayman passport.
It is important to observe both the required list of documents (such as original copies of the birth certificate and others) as well as the passport photo requirements which ask for professional printed pictures of a certain size.
The conditions are different for applicants who already reside in the Cayman Islands, compared to those who reside outside of the jurisdiction.
In some cases, a countersignature will ne needed when one intends to obtain a passport for Cayman Islands. This can happen when the application is for a first time British Overseas Territory Citizen (Cayman Islands) passport, when the old one was lost, stolen or damages, when for the renewal of a passport the applicant cannot be recognized from the photograph in the current passport.
The new passport is collected by the applicant from the Cayman Islands Passport and Corporate Services Office.
The video below summarizes the passport services available in the Cayman Islands:
Passport services and special issues in the Cayman Islands
Process and issuing: it processes and issues passports for Cayman Islands and British Overseas Territories Citizens;
Emergency documentation: it is also the one to issue emergency travel documentation such as identity travel documents or British Citizen emergency passports;
Visa issues: the Office is also able to provide information on the U.S. Visa Waivers as well as other information for the U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa;
Others: forwarding of U.S. Visas to Jamaica and evaluating the renewal of British Citizen passport applications (made to HM Passport Office in Durham U.K.).
Foreign investors who are interested in making submissions to the passport services office can reach out to our team of agents who specialize in Cayman Islands company formation if they are interested in knowing how the requirements may apply in their case.
The Passport and Corporate Services Office is also responsible for issuing the Governor’s Special Marriage License as well as providing services related to the legalization of documents.
We also highlight some of the applicable passport fees below:
•100 CI$: the fee for the issue or the renewal for an adult’s Cayman Islands passport;
•100CI$: this fee also applies for issuing an emergency passport for a British citizen;
•75 CI$: the issue/renewal fee for a child’s Cayman Islands passport (under 16 years);
•50 CI$: the administrative fee for U.S. visitors visas for British Citizen Passport Holders;
Please keep in mind that the fees mentioned were in place at the time this article was written and can be subject to change. For complete details on the current fees that may interest foreign investors for immigration as well as for the purpose of setting up a Cayman Islands company, please reach out to our incorporation agents.
The Passport and Corporate Services Office also offers a number of services aimed at corporations. Investors who are interested in opening a Cayman Islands exempted company may find that some of these are required in some situations. If this is the case, you may contact our company formation specialists to find out more about the need for an apostille service or other requirements.
Investors who are interested in both investment and immigration in the Cayman Islands can reach out to our team for complete information on the travel and stay requirements, the visa conditions and how to apply for various permits, licenses or renewals after their have settled in.
Contact us for complete services related to Cayman Islands company formation.
Call us now at +1 888 959 8022to set up an appointment with our lawyers in George Town. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Cayman Islands.
As an International Management Services client, you will benefit from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Cayman Islands.