FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - CITIZENSHIP

QUALIFICATION:

The applicant should have been granted an original Certificate of Jamaican Citizenship.

PROCEDURE:

  1. A letter applying for a Certified Copy should be addressed to:-
      The Chief Executive Officer Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency 25c Constant Spring Road Kingston 10.
    The letter should state the Name, Address and File Reference Certificate number of the applicant.
    The applicant is required to state what has happened to the original Certificate of Citizenship and why the certified copy is required. 
  2. The letter should be accompanied by the following documents:-
    (i.) Recent Police Report on the status of Original Certificate.  (ii.) A Certified Passport sized photograph of applicant.  (iii.) Parent’s photo I.D. if applicant is a minor. (iv.) Processing fee & PICA fees are applicable.
  3. Processing time: Approx. 2 weeks.
    Applications are accepted at the Jamaican Consulate.

Processing time for citizenship s dependent on the category of the application:

  • Applications for Citizenship by Descent - Within 2 – 3 months.
  • Applications for Citizenship by Marriage - Within 2 yrs.

Processing time for citizenship s dependent on the category of the application:

  • Applications for Citizenship by Descent - Within 2 – 3 months.
  • Applications for Citizenship by Marriage - Within 2 yrs.

Currently the Agency does not offer express service in the processing of citizenship applications.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - PASSPORTS

The Jamaican Passport is valid for 10 years for an adult and five years for children 17 years and under.

  • Adult - CI$165
  • Children 17yrs and under - CI$125
  • Adult Replacement – CI$250
  • Children Replacement – CI$175

Payment can be made by cash, credit or debit card. Personal cheques are NOT accepted.

Because all passport processing is being done at the passport office in Kingston, Jamaica, it takes approximately 3-4 WEEKS from the date your application is approved as complete.

No, it cannot. An applicant may, however, obtain an Emergency Travel document if there is an urgent need for travel and provided he or she is Jamaican.

Expedited passport services are available at PICA’s head office – 25 Constant Spring Rd, Kingston.

Processing times offered – sane day service, next day service, 3 day service, 7 day service.

All applicants MUST appear in person! 

Original birth certificate, Citizenship Certificate, Deed Poll, Marriage Certificate or Divorce Decree if applicable. Supplementary ID (Government issued ID e.g. Passport, Driver’s Licence), and two (2) photographs. 

All documents submitted to the Consulate must be originals, certified copies will be made and all original documents will be immediately returned to the applicant.

Expired passport, Original birth certificate, Citizenship Certificate, Deed Poll, Marriage Certificate or Divorce Decree if applicable. Supplementary ID (Government issued ID e.g. Passport, Driver’s Licence, and two (2) photographs. 

All documents submitted to the Consulate must be originals, certified copies will be made and all original documents will be immediately returned to the applicant.

It is needed to prove the identity of the applicant beyond reasonable doubt.

Application forms and photographs can be certified by a Consular Officer at the Jamaican Consulate, Notary Public or Justice of the Peace.

In the case of children 17yrs and under, photographs must be certified by a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace.

Yes, the original copies of the old birth certificate as well as the new birth certificates are accepted for passport applications providing all information is clearly legible.

The birth certificate is required to establish the database of the new passport issuance system and to aid in verifying the identity of each individual.

No, it is only required for persons who are unable to write.

Expired passport, Birth certificate, Citizenship Certificate (if applicable), parent’s or guardian’s Government issued ID e.g. Passport, two (2) photographs, one of which should be certified by the certifying official who signed the application form (Notary Public or Justice of the Peace).

All applicants MUST appear in person! Original birth certificate, Citizenship Certificate, parent’s or guardian’s Government issued ID e.g. Passport, two (2) photographs, one of which should be certified by the certifying official who signed the application form (Notary Public or Justice of the Peace). 

Original marriage certificate, birth certificate, Citizenship Certificate (if applicable), expired passport, two (2) photographs. Married men need not present their marriage certificates. 

If you already hold a machine-readable passport, your married name CANNOT be added to that passport.

In order for your married name to be included, you will have to apply for another machine-readable passport, supplying your marriage certificate along with the other required documentation. This will be treated as regular processing and will take 3-4 weeks. 

Original divorce decree or marriage certificate along with the birth certificate, expired passport, two (2) photographs. one of which should be certified by the certifying official who signed the application form.

Report it to the nearest police station. You will need to submit the police report when you submit your application for the replacement of your passport.

Police report, Original birth certificate, supplementary Government issued ID, two (2) photographs, one of which should be certified by the certifying official who signed the application form and the original marriage certificate where applicable. Replacement fees will apply. Adult Replacement – CI$250, Children Replacement – CI$175

Yes. All countries around the world have been advised by the Government of Jamaica that the old format and the new machine-readable passports are equally valid for travel anywhere in the world.

Due notice will be given whenever a decision is taken to withdraw the old format passport.

Once a passport is damaged, it must be replaced. You will be required to write a statement indicating how the passport was damaged. The replacement processing time is approx. 3 – 4 weeks. Replacement fees will apply.

As a general rule, passports should have at least six (6) months of validity for international travel.

Most countries will not allow a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six (6) months after the final day of travel. The standard time for international travel is 6 months.

The CARICOM Passport is an official travel document that can be used for travel within and outside the Caribbean. It will now become the standard issue for the Jamaican passport.

The introduction of this passport will facilitate smoother processing of CARICOM nationals transiting the region. It is intended to foster a greater sense of community within the region and would be a tangible demonstration of one’s membership in the Caribbean family.

Collecting your own passport

  • The official receipt

Collecting passport for adult applicant

  • The official receipt
  • A letter from the applicant giving you permission to collect his/her passport
  • Valid photo identification

Collecting for your children (under 18yrs old)

  • The official receipt
  • Valid photo identification for the parent/legal guardian who applied

Yes, all applicants must appear in person (adults and children).

There are specific requirements that must be met when submitting passport photographs.

These requirements are in keeping with the criteria determined by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency of Jamaica (PICA). Please see detailed list on the Jamaican Consulate Cayman website under the Section entitled, PASSPORT, subsection PASSPORT PHOTO REQUIREMENTS http://www.jaconsulatecayman.org/passport-photo-requirements

No, only originals are to be submitted

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