People have traveled many parts of the world from time to time; to gain employment, go on a vacation, visit friends and/or relatives or just to reside in a particular country than that of their native. Many people have traveled to Jamaica and have grown to like the Island and wish to make it their place of abode. For this to happen there is a process that one has to adhere to in order to become a Jamaican citizen.
There are several ways a person can become a Jamaican citizen and these can be categorized as follows:
Citizenship by Birth - a person born in Jamaica before August 5, 1962 and on that date a citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies.
A person born in Jamaica after August 5, 1962.
Citizenship by Adoption - A non-Jamaican child legally adopted in Jamaica in accordance with the children (Adoption Act) can claim Jamaican citizenship through either the adopted mother or father.
Citizenship by Decent – the following documents and procedures are required:
Original Birth Certificate
Citizenship application form-to be obtained from consulate
Mother/father’s original Birth Certificate
Notarized copies of the first five pages of mother/father’s Jamaican Passport
If child was born in wedlock, parent’s original Marriage Certificate
Two (2) recent Passport size photographs - one of which is notarized by a Notary Public if the person cannot attend the consulate.
Once the above mentioned documents are submitted the application is sent to the Passport, Immigration Citizenship Agency (PICA) where it is processed. The processing time takes approximately six (6) to twelve (12) months.
Fee Please consult the PICA website for information regarding the necessary fee.
Naturalization Citizenship by Naturalization - A person may be granted naturalization after a minimum period of five years residency in Jamaica on application following his/her residency through either Visa or Work permit application. Required documents are:
Certified copy of Birth Certificate
Passport used to enter Jamaica
Current Passport if different
Work Permit or Exemption Certificate
Evidence of involvement in any community activities
Two (2) Passport size photographs
A Jamaican Passport or Travel Document may be issued on application to a non-Jamaican only after the person has obtained a Certificate of Registration or Naturalization for Jamaica.
Citizenship by Marriage - the following requirements are:
Certified copy of Birth Certificate and Passport of the Jamaica National
Certified copy of Birth Certificate and Passport of the applicant (spouse).
Certified copy of Marriage certificate
Recent (at most 6 months old) Police Record of the applicant
Income Letter and Bank statement(s)
Two (2) passport size photographs of the applicant
Completed application R1 Form (obtainable at the Consulate)
Letter to be submitted to Passport, Immigration Citizenship Agency (PICA) requesting registration as a citizen of Jamaica.
Please consult the PICA website for information regarding the necessary fee.
In order for a person to become a Jamaican citizen one cannot obtain this by using a fraudulent birth certificate, you will be prosecuted and possibly charged. By following the proper procedures above, you will be able to become a Jamaican Citizen and will be provided with the correct documents.