IELTS or TOEIC required for overseas workers in Cayman Islands

IELTS or TOEIC required by Overseas Workers (OWs) for Cayman Islands

As from July 1, 2014, the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) in the Cayman Islands will require Filipino and other overseas workers to provide evidence of their proficiency in the English language. Filipino workers were advised by DOLE to take IELTS or TOEIC English language tests before arriving in the Cayman Islands to work.


The new requirement will be introduced by the Cayman Islands immigration authorities in July this year and apply to potential workers arriving in the country whose first language is not English. The two English language proficiency tests which are accepted by the immigration authorities are: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication).

IELTS band 6 or TOEIC Level B2

In order to obtain a work permit, a candidate will need to achieve a band score of 6 in IELTS or level B2 in TOEIC. Potential workers will be responsible for paying the test fee and arranging their own test. If a worker has already taken either of the two tests and successfully achieved the necessary score, the test results will be valid for the work permit application if the test was taken no longer than two years prior to the application for a work permit.

Employers based in the Cayman Islands looking to recruit OFWs will be responsible for ensuring that all candidates are aware of the English language proficiency requirements for their application as a worker in the Cayman Islands.

No Shortcuts!

A spokesperson for DOLE commented that as Filipinos in general are well known for their English fluency, and therefore the tests should present no real hurdle to obtaining a valid work permit for the Cayman Islands. Prospective workers should book their IELTS or TOEIC test at an accredited test center and ensure all their documents in relation to the application for a work visa are in order before pursuing their application.

OWs were also warned to be aware of disreputable recruitment agencies and scam schemes promising fast track options of obtaining a work permit without the necessary English proficiency test certificate.