The primary mission of the Jamaican Consulate General is the promotion and protection of the interest and welfare of Jamaicans visiting and residing in the Southern United States. The Consulate also provides consular services and guidance to persons seeking to visit the island of Jamaica for scholarly, charitable or vacation-related purposes. In this regard, we remain committed to delivering courteous and efficient service to all our customers and are honored to have the opportunity to facilitate you.
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Dear Fellow Jamaicans,
It is a distinct pleasure and honor for me to represent the Government and people of Jamaica.
With arguably the third largest concentration of Jamaicans living outside of Jamaica, the positive impact of the community of Jamaicans residing in the South Eastern United States of America reverberates not only in Jamaica, but also in their adopted country. The Consulate General also has jurisdiction over The Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. During my tenure, I intend to continue to foster the relationship with the members of the Diaspora which has been a vital community of support for their families in Jamaica.
My attention will also be focused on promoting the vast commercial and investment opportunities that are available in Jamaica, as the Government pursues efforts to grow the economy to ensure sustainable economic development. In all these efforts, I will be supported by a committed and dedicated team, whose primary task is to provide service in a courteous, efficient and professional manner.
I pause to acknowledge the many non-Jamaicans who have been, and continue to be, supporters of Jamaica - I am grateful for their partnership with and commitment to Jamaica and its people.
We are a people rich in cultural heritage, imbued with unmatched creativity, talent and skill. Let us all work together to bring these attributes to bear on the challenges that face our nation; working in the spirit of unity we can achieve the ideals embodied in the words "Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business".
The Mapping Jamaica’s Diaspora Project is designed to obtain, through survey responses, information on the Diaspora to better enable the Government to determine, in a structured way, how the Diaspora could contribute to Jamaica’s development.
Let us know about your skills, interests, and plans to return home. With important development projects underway, Jamaica holds the potential to be the site for your next big business opportunity and the place you experience growth and prosperity. Any information collected will be used strictly for the intended purposes of this Project.
The Project is being implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration.
INFORMATION NOTE - November 2014
Summary of Recent Changes to US Immigration Policy Recently, the President of the United States of America announced a number of measures designed to address the question of immigration in this country. The measures announced provide some degree of relief for certain non-citizens of the United States , who are currently resident in the country without the requisite documentation or approval. The measures are to take effect as Executive Action.
The following are the salient points that may have an impact on Jamaican nationals:
(a) Five Years Residence with a Child. Immigrants who have been in the USA for five years or more will be able to stay in the country legally if they have a child who is a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident. Persons in this category will be required to pass a criminal background check, pay a fee and demonstrate that their child was born before President Obama’s announcement.
(b) Undocumented Children. Immigrants who were brought to the USA by their parents as children and who have remained undocumented. This category will include any person who was brought to the USA in 2009 or earlier, regardless of his or her age.
(c) Administrative Relief. Persons who satisfy the criteria in either (a) or (b) above will obtain administrative relief from the Executive. Thus, they will receive protected status for three years, and will not be subject to deportation in that three - year period. They may reapply for protected status after three years. They may also apply for work permits, and travel to and from their home country as long as they obtain permission to do so.
(d) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Graduates. There will be an expansion of measures that will allow foreign students in STEM programmes to remain in the USA upon completion of their studies.
(e) Foreign Entrepreneurs. Foreign business people who wish to start up enterprises in the USA may also find it easier to remain in the country provided they can find the capital for these enterprises.
(f) Border Security. The Administration will seek to bolster border security.
(g) Deportees. The Department of Homeland Security will issue new guidelines under which persons to be deported will be national security threats, serious criminals and recent border crossers. These new guidelines when issued could have especially significant bearing on the question of Jamaican deportees.
(h) Points of Contact. An effort will be made to accelerate the pace of work in the immigration courts, and a public awareness campaign will be launched in the 10 States with the highest number of legal permanent residents to encourage applicable persons to apply for protection.
Disclaimer: This above summary is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be used as legal advice in a Court of Law or in respect of any other legal matter involving the immigration authorities in the USA. For legal advice, persons are encouraged to retain the services of a reputable and trained immigration lawyer. Please note that the Consulate General of Jamaica does not provide legal advice on matters relating to US Immigration procedures or policies
Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.