Obtaining Jamaican Citizenship

  • By Descent
  • By Marriage

Any person born in Jamaica prior to 5th August 1962, who was on that date a citizen of the United Kingdom and its colonies or any person born in Jamaica after 5thAugust 1962, is a Jamaican citizen by birth.

Some of the advantages of becoming a Jamaican citizen include but are not limited to the ability to:

  • Acquire a Jamaican Passport
  • Work without a work permit
  • Vote in General and Local Government Elections
  • Receive Social benefits and get access to government programmes
  • Be exempt from international fees at Jamaica’s universities
  • Duty free allowance from customs and at the airport as allotted to Jamaican nationals
  • Protection under the Constitution and laws of Jamaica
  • Register a non-Jamaican Spouse as a citizen of Jamaica

Obtaining Citizenship by Descent

 The following (original) documents are required:

  • Completed Citizenship application form – may be obtained at pica.gov.jm or from the Consulate
  • Applicant’s Birth Certificate- if born in Canada Statement of Live Birth
  • Applicant Mother’s/Father’s Birth Certificate
  • Applicant’s parent’s Marriage Certificate, if applicable
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs – both to be notarized by a Notary Public if unable to appear in person at the Consulate
  • Certified copy of Parent’s Jamaican Passport or other form of government issued identification
  • Adult applicant’s ID
  • Official Change of Name Document – Court Order, Deed Polls registered through the court or the Country’s record office, etc (where applicable).

PICA reserves the right to request additional and or updated information during the processing of the application.

Fee

The fee is One Hundred and Ten Canadian Dollars (CDN$110.00-International Money Order), made payable to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency or PICA
Please note that a consular fee of Thirteen Dollars (CDN$13.00) and a fee of Twenty Dollars (CDN$20.00) for the certification of each document will be charged.

Processing Time

Once the above documents are submitted, the application will be sent to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency to be processed. The processing time takes approximately three (3) months.

Obtaining Jamaican Citizenship by Marriage

A non-Jamaican national is eligible to make an application for citizenship by virtue of Marriage if he or she is married to a Jamaican citizen.

The following (original) documents are required:

  • Letter to the Minister of National Security requesting registration as a Citizen of Jamaica.
  • Completed Application R1 Form (obtainable at www.pica.gov.jm or the Consulate).
  • Original copy of Birth Certificate and Passport of the Jamaican National
  • Original copy of Birth Certificate and Passport of the applicant (spouse)
  • Original copy of Marriage Certificate
  • Recent ( at most 6 months old) Police Record of the Applicant
  • Income Letter and Bank Statement of the Applicant
  • Official Change of Name Document – Court Order, Deed Polls registered through the court or the Country’s record office, etc, where applicable.
  • Two (2) Passport sized photographs of the Applicant- both to be notarized by a Notary Public if unable to appear in person at the Consulate

Fee

The fee is Two Hundred and Ninety Canadian Dollars (CDN$290.00-International Money Order), made payable to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency or PICA

Please note that a consular fee of Thirteen Dollars (CDN$13.00) and a fee of Twenty Dollars (CDN$20.00) for the certification of each document will be charged.

Processing Time

Once the above documents are submitted, the application will be sent to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency to be processed. The processing time takes approximately 24 months.

Renunciation of Jamaican Citizenship

Persons who decide to renounce their Jamaican citizenship should be of full age and capacity, either a national of a foreign country or has been assured of such nationality on the condition that he/she renounces Jamaican Nationality.

The Procedure

The applicant must complete the Declaration of Renunciation of Citizenship Form in triplicate (3) and sign in the presence of a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, Commissioner of Oaths or a Consular Officer at the Jamaican High Commission in Ottawa or the Consulate General of Jamaica in Toronto.

The application should be submitted along with the following original documents:

  • Birth Certificate/Adoption Certificate/Citizenship Certificate
  • Jamaican Passport
  • Valid ID of applicant
  • Evidence of other nationality (citizenship certificate, passport or official letter of assurance or promise of other nationality) to ensure the person does not become stateless.
  • Two (2) certified passports sized photographs of the applicant, taken not more than 6 months prior to the application.  The photographs can be certified by a Notary Public, a Commissioner of Oaths or Consular Officer at the Jamaican High Commission in Ottawa or the Consulate General of Jamaica in Toronto.

The fee is One Thousand One Hundred Canadian Dollars (CAD$1100.00-International Money Order), made payable to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency or PICA.

Once the above documents are submitted, the application will be sent to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency to be processed. The processing time takes approximately 24 months

PICA reserves the right to request additional and or updated information during the processing of the application.

Restoration of Jamaican Citizenship

The restoration of Jamaican Citizenship is applicable only to former Jamaican nationals who acquired Jamaican Citizenship by virtue of birth, descent or adoption and subsequently renounced it.

The Procedure

The applicant must complete the Restoration of Citizenship Form R5 in triplicate and sign in the presence of a Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths or a Consular Officer at the Jamaican High Commission in Ottawa or the Consulate General of Jamaica in Toronto.

The application must be submitted along with the following original documents:

  • Letter of renunciation
  • Proof of current citizenship
  • Valid ID of applicant
  • Two (2) certified passports sized photographs of the applicant, taken not more than 6 months prior to the application. The photographs can be certified by a Notary Public, a Commissioner of Oaths or Consular Officer at the Jamaican High Commission in Ottawa or the Consulate General of Jamaica in Toronto.

The fee is One Thousand One Hundred Canadian Dollars (CAD$1100.00-International Money Order), made payable to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency or PICA.

Once the above documents are submitted, the application will be sent to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency to be processed. The processing time takes approximately twenty-four (24) months

PICA reserves the right to request additional and or updated information during the processing of the application.

Replacement of Citizenship Certificates

Persons who have misplaced their original Certificate of Jamaican Citizenship can apply for a certified copy from Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA). The applicant must write a letter addressed to:

Chief Executive Officer

Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency

25c Constant Spring Road

Kingston 10

Jamaica W.I.

The letter should state the following:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. File Reference or Certificate Number
  4. Brief statement of the circumstances behind the loss of the original Certificate of Jamaican Citizenship. This information must also be reflected in the Police Report (see below).

The letter must be accompanied by the following original documents:

  1. A Police Report (not older than 6 months) stating the circumstances behind loss of the original Certificate of Jamaican Citizenship.
  2. A certified passport sized photograph of applicant.
  3. If applicant is a minor, a certified copy of one of the parent’s photo I.D.

PICA reserves the right to request additional and or updated information during the processing of the replacement of the Citizenship Certificate.

Processing Time

Compliant applications will be processed within ten (30) working days.

Cost

Please contact the Mission for prices.