I Am Jamaican citizenship drive gets underway in August

by / Monday, 22 July 2019 / Published in Latest posts

Kingston, Jamaica; 2019, July 15: The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship (PICA), through a partnership with the Consulate General’s office in New York is reaching out to 2nd and 3rd generation Jamaicans to help them to connect with their roots by offering Citizenship services in its I Am Jamaican citizenship campaign.

The campaign will see PICA’s team engaged in a 4-day roadshow in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Jersey to offer citizenship by descent service to persons of Jamaican heritage. The PICA team will also provide passport renewal service during the event. The roadshow gets underway on Wednesday, August 14 and ends on Saturday, August 17, 2019 and runs from 10am to 7pm each day.

PICA’s Director of Citizenship, Mrs. Carol Hammond observes that many persons of Jamaican heritage live outside the island but often yearn for a greater sense of connection with their roots. According to her, citizenship by descent is one way of satisfying that yearning while still being able to retain one’s American citizenship.

Mrs. Hammond notes that citizenship by descent has allowed many young athletes to represent their ancestral home in various sporting disciplines over the years. She observes that, “it is a dream come true for many 2nd and 3rd generation Jamaicans as they feel a strong connection to Jamaica and desire to contribute or have made contributions to the country’s development”. As such, she explains, many believe that their Jamaican citizenship will put them in a better stead to do so.

During the tour, the PICA team will be at the True United Church in Philadelphia on August 14; the Seventh Day Adventist Church of the Oranges in Orange, New Jersey on the 15th; the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc.in Hartford, Connecticut on August 16 and the Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York on August 17.

Persons wishing to claim Jamaican citizenship by descent must provide:

  • Their Birth Certificate;
  • Their Jamaican father’s/grandfather’s or mother’s/grandmother’s Birth Certificate or Certificate of Jamaican Citizenship (by Marriage/Descent/Doubt) or Adoption Certificate issued by Jamaica’s Registrar General’s Department (RGD);
  • Two (2) certified passport-sized photographs of the applicant
  • Marriage Certificate (Where applicable);
  • A valid government issued ID for the applicant (Adult over age 18);
  • Their Jamaican parent’s government issued ID (Valid Passport or Driver’s Licence);
  • A Court-issued document evidencing Legal Guardianship where applicable;
  • An official Change of Name Document (Court Order, Deed Polls registered through the court or the Country’s records office, etc.) if applicable

The cost for Jamaican Citizenship by Descent is US$100. Persons who qualify can also visit the PICA team and apply for citizenship by virtue of marriage to a Jamaican.