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August 8, 2014
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Hearing to decide Jamaican's fate

A Jamaican national working as a domestic helper in The Cayman Islands for over two decades will be allowed to continue working in the island, pending the outcome of a legal hearing concerning her case, THE WEEKEND STAR has learnt.

According to the Cayman Compass newspaper, Birdy Evadney Blake Morrison of Jamaica was ordered to leave Cayman within 90 days earlier this year when an appeal seeking to grant her permanent resident status failed.

judicial review

Morrison's employer, a prominent Caymanian immigration attorney, submitted an application seeking judicial review of the appeal decision, arguing that Morrison should have been given at least a year to sort out her citizenship in the country.

Grand Court Justice Richard Williams agreed that Morrison had an arguable case and ordered the matter to proceed to a full hearing.

"It is both just and convenient that Mrs Morrison be permitted to work until the judicial review hearing is disposed of in one way or another," Justice Williams wrote. "It is only fair, as she has lived here under a work permit for almost 20 years and she and her son are dependent on the income derived from it."

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