If you are a person of independent means or a qualified business investor, the path to obtaining permanent residency in the Cayman Islands can be a straightforward process.
Provenance Properties, the official Christie’s Real Estate affiliate in the Cayman Islands, can help you to find a home if you are seeking to achieve permanent residency in this thriving British Overseas Territory. With four residency certificate options to choose from, a growing number of discerning individuals now live and work in one of the world’s top 10 financial centres.
The Cayman Islands has four options for seeking residency by investment
With few restrictions on foreign ownership, the tax-neutral Cayman Islands is an attractive option for relocation
Residents enjoy access to international brands through local shops, and fine dining through many high-quality restaurants
Democratically elected Government and Governor appointed by UK monarchy
The simplest and quickest path to permanent residency in the Cayman Islands is through the purchase of developed real estate valued at US$2.4 million or higher. For example, purchasing this three-bedroom luxury beach home at The Residences at Seafire, which offers optional turnkey furniture packages from Restoration Hardware, qualifies buyers to apply for Cayman Islands residency if all requirements are met.
Our team have a wide range of listings available to help satisfy this requirement while finding your ideal home.
According to the Cayman Islands Government, the following residency certificates are currently offered to “Persons of Independent Means and Investors”:
Residency Certificate for Persons of Independent Means grants the right to live but not to work.
Certificate of Permanent Residence for Persons of Independent Means grants the right to live and work.
Residency Certificate - Substantial Business Presence allows business owners and/or its senior management to live and work in the Cayman Islands for 25 years.
Certificate of Direct Investment is granted to those with an “employment-generating business”.
*Cayman Islands Economics and Statistics Office
** Cayman Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Development
Depending on which residency certificate you hold (or propose to hold) and whether you wish to progress towards citizenship, there are different requirements as to the number of days that you and your dependants must spend in the jurisdiction each year. Click here for more on this from Daniel Altneu, Senior Associate at Bedell Cristin.
These law firms can also assist in guiding you through the process should you wish to proceed on the path to Cayman Islands residency.