Jamaica will soon copy other Caribbean countries by introducing one-year temporary residency to foreign nationals.
A submission is soon to be presented to Cabinet for the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang made the announcement.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Chang noted, an increase in travel to the island is expected. “One of the questions coming out of the pandemic is 'where will I live', and in figuring this out one has to establish residency, which is why PICA is working to establish the temporary residency programme. The impact of that will not only increase demands on the operations of PICA, but will provide an opportunity for foreigners to live and work in Jamaica for one year,” he said.
A new office in Montego Bay will enable PICA to provide more immigration and citizenship products to the list of offerings. Additionally, Jamaicans who live in the western parishes will no longer have to travel to Kingston to submit applications.