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Cayman Islands requires English language proficiency from migrant workers

Labor and Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said Filipino workers who look forward to working in the Cayman Islands should take an English Language Test prior to working in the islands.

The labor and employment chief said this after receiving a report from Labor Attache to Washington DC, USA Luzviminda Padilla stating that the Cayman Islands’s Department of Immigration will introduce a requirement for overseas English language testing (ELT) for prospective workers whose first language is not English beginning 1 July 2014.

Prospective workers are required to undergo examination by one of the two recognized English Testing Centers—the International English Language Test (IELTS) and Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)—from the workers’ own country prior to travelling to the Cayman Islands, according to Padilla’s report.

“Workers must score within the following ranges to be able to secure their work permits—Band Score Level 6 for IELTS and Band Score Level B2 for TOEIC,” Padilla said.

Testing fees are determined by the testing centers and shall be shouldered by the applicant, as well as other arrangements.

Tests taken prior to 1 July 2014 will be accepted by the DOJ provided that the results are not older than two years. Employers are responsible for advising their potential workers from non-English speaking countries of this requirement.

“IELTS and TOEIC has test centers operating in the Philippines. We are confident that our overseas Filipino workers can pass the test easily as they are known globally for their fluency in English. We just want them to make sure that the testing center where they will take their test are accredited by either IELTS and TOEIC to avoid problems with their work permits and other documents needed for their work application in Cayman Islands. However, the DOLE will never get tired of cautioning those who wants to try overseas employment to be very careful in dealing with recruitment agencies and not to turn to illegal schemes to fast track their deployment abroad,” Baldoz said.

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