Jamaica offers Permanent Residency which allows a foreign national to live and work in Jamaica without restrictions on their stay, without submitting an application for a work permit or Jamaican citizenship. They are not afforded the same constitutional rights as a Jamaican citizen.
As a part of the approval process, Permanent Residence applicants will be interviewed by the Agency’s Investigation and Surveillance Unit.
Applications are processed within 3 to 6 months and all documents submitted must be the original.
Categories for Permanent Residence:
Residency through Work Permit
Foreign and Commonwealth nationals who wish to engage in employment activities in the island, whatever the nature of the employment, are required to obtain a work permit or work permit exemption before entering the country.
Residency through Registration
Non-Jamaicans may be granted Jamaican Resident Status on application by virtue of marriage to Jamaican nationals. Hence, foreign spouses are required to register with the Ministry of National Security upon arrival in Jamaica, after which they will be allowed to reside permanently on the island.
The couple is required to submit the following:
A person may be granted naturalization after a minimum period of five (5) years of residency in Jamaica on application following his/her residency through either visa or work permit application.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 from the appropriate authorities in Jamaica.
To apply for Permanent Residence you must submit:
N.B – All documents submitted must be original.
Applications are usually processed within 3 to 6 months.
Residence Permit Application Steps:
Step 1. Apply for a visa at the nearest embassy/consulate of Jamaica in your home country.
Step 2. After entering Jamaica, book an appointment at the Agency’s Investigation and Surveillance Unit to apply for a residence permit.
Steps 3. Gather and submit all the requested documents. All the documents you submit must be original. Make sure you attend your appointment on time because you may be asked to be interviewed by the Agency’s Investigation and Surveillance Unit.
Step 4. Wait for a response. You shall receive a response to your residence permit application within three to six months for your residence permit result.
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Yes, Jamaica accepts dual citizenship. Persons interested in becoming citizens of Jamaica should first check to see if their country allows for dual nationality.
Yes, a dependent of a permanent holder can also apply for the program.
It takes 5 years of permanent residency to obtain citizenship in the country.
Yes, the holder of the program allows a foreign national to live and work in Jamaica.
Yes. Permanent Residence applicants will be interviewed by the Agency’s Investigation and Surveillance Unit.
Jamaican residents and domiciled individuals are taxed on their worldwide income.
Non-resident individuals are taxed on Jamaican-sourced income. A non-domiciled individual working in Jamaica is taxed on the compensation attributable to services rendered in and in relation to Jamaica (subject to certain exceptions) as well as Jamaican-sourced income.