Apr 25, 2017 Last Updated 4:16 PM, Apr 24, 2017

The CAPS - What are the benefits?

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CAPS will also contribute to improving access to CSM rights as a result of factors such as the following:

  1. Member States are using a standardized, harmonized and  streamlined approach in receiving applications from and issuing certificates to CARICOM Nationals who wish to move within the Region to access their rights:
    1. Skilled Nationals
    2. Service Providers
    3. Business people (under the Right of Establishment)
  2. Online application process leading to Improved Access - from anywhere in the world at anytime
  3. Improved and more efficient processing and approval of applications for certificates of recognition as skilled nationals and service providers as well as reduce the burden on scarce human resources, as the review of applications can be done fully online;
    1. Electronic processing rather than manual
    2. Virtual meetings for Free Movement Committee (approvers)
    3. Electronic signature
    4. Online payments
  4. Easier procedures at Ports of Entry
    1. Standardized certificate
    2. Information in CAPS accessible to Immigration Officers
  5. System can Provide Information on Certificate Holders
    1. Skilled Nationals can opt to be visible to regional employers
    2. Service Providers can opt to be visible
  6. Central Repository of Information on CSM regimes that can be accessed by
    1. CCS
    2. Governments of Member States
    3. Academia
    4. Media
    5. Investors
  7. Provide the Community and Member States with improved capability to collect and capture reliable data on the five Core CSME regimes, such as the number of applications for recognition of skilled nationals by nationality or by country granting such recognition; this will lead to the collection of much needed factual information on which to formulate/develop policy and take decisions;
  8. Create/strengthen e-government systems. It communicates that Governments are responding to the current needs to move their operations and administrative processes into a virtual environment.

There is a large cadre of persons trained around the Region who can utilize, train and promote CAPS and in so doing promote the CSM.


The CSME Unit of CARICOM is the impementation office which assists the Member States in fulfilling the requirements of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.


Website: www.csmeonline.org

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