Embassy of Jamaica Tokyo, Japan

Consular Services - Jamaican Citizenship

Jamaican Citizenship
The Jamaican constitution provides for the acquisition of Jamaican citizenship on any of the following bases:

  • By birth;
  • Descent;
  • Registration as a citizen based on marriage to a Jamaican citizen; or
  • Adoption.

Provision of guidance to applicants as well as transmission of the relevant forms and supporting documents for processing to the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).

Applicants who are submitting their applications through the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo, for onward transmission to PICA, Ministry of National Security, must submit the original of all documents or certified copies of same. All original documents are returned upon completion of the process.

Applicants who are submitting their applications through the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo must submit the original of all documents. These will be copied and certified by the Embassy for transmission to the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica, and the originals will be returned.

Citizenship by Birth
Citizenship by birth is applicable as follows:

  • Any person born in Jamaica prior to August 5, 1962, who was on that date, a citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies;
  • Any person born in Jamaica after August 5, 1962.

Citizenship by Descent
In order to apply for Citizenship on the basis of Descent, applicants must submit a Citizenship by Descent Application Form to the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica, along with the following documents:

  • Original or Certified copy of applicant's birth certificate;
  • Original or Certified copy of original birth certificate of mother or father;
  • Original or Certified copies of the first five pages or the data page of the passport of the mother or father;
  • Original or Certified copy of parent's marriage certificate, where applicable;
  • Three (3) passport-sized photographs of the child (one must be certified). Two are required for PICA and one is retained at the Embassy for filing purposes.

The processing time is approximately six (6) to twelve (12) months.

After the Ministry of National Security is satisfied that the criteria for obtaining Jamaican Citizenship have been fulfilled, a Letter of Certification of Jamaican Citizenship will be issued.  The individual would now be eligible to apply for a Jamaican passport.

Please note that an application for Jamaica Citizenship may be submitted simultaneously with a first time passport application. However, the passport will not be issued until the certification of citizenship is finalised. Where both applications are being made at the same time, the applicant should submit in addition to the application for citizenship documents, a completed passport application form, six, instead of three photographs, and pay the requisite passport and processing fees.

For further information on to the requirements related to the above, interested parties are invited to visit the following webpage: http://www.pica.gov.jm/citizenship/category-of-citizenship/citizenship-by-descent/

Citizenship by Marriage
Non-Jamaicans who are desirous of obtaining Citizenship on the basis of Marriage must submit an Application Form to the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica, along with the following documents:

  • Completed Registration Form RI in duplicate (which may be obtained from the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo);
  • Applicant’s birth certificate and passport;
  • Certified copy of the birth certificate and passport of the Jamaican national (spouse);
  • Certified copy of Marriage Certificate;
  • Three passport-sized photographs of the applicant;
  • Tax Compliance Certificate ( if resident in Jamaica);
  • Police Report ( Character Reference);
  • Fee of $7,000 Jamaican dollars or the equivalent in American dollars, in the form of an International Money Order payable to the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica.

For further information on to the requirements related to the above, interested parties are invited to visit the following webpage: http://www.pica.gov.jm/citizenship/category-of-citizenship/citizenship-by-marriage/

The processing time is approximately six (6) to twelve (12) months.

https://www.rgd.gov.jm/index.php/marriage-officer

Permanent Residence
Any foreigner who has lived in Jamaica continuously for a minimum of two (2) years is eligible for consideration for permanent residency status, provided that they establish residency either through Visa/Work Permit application or Registration.

To qualify for residency in Jamaica the following should be submitted to the Ministry of National Security for consideration:

  • Valid national passport;
  • Evidence of financial status and means of support, such as pension information, bank account, property owned and business investment;
  • Certified copy of birth certificate;
  • Certified copy of Marriage Certificate, as well as information on spouse, children and dependents, where applicable;
  • Medical Certificate of good health;
  • Police Certificate from the country from which the applicant is migrating;
  • Two (2) recent passport-sized photographs;
  • Reasons for seeking permanent residence in Jamaica;
  • Names and addresses of at least two reputable references or acquaintances. 

The processing time is approximately three (3) to four (4) months.

Persons who are applying for residency and who will need to seek employment in order to maintain themselves in Jamaica must also apply for a Work Permit at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. On approval of the work permit, which is usually based on a job offer, a visa will be granted. Once this visa is issued, the person may apply for a multiple re-entry visa from the Immigration Department prior to any overseas travel.

Permanent Residency Status may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Minister of National Security of Jamaica.

Citizenship by Naturalization
The Jamaican Nationality Act of 1962 provides for the granting of Certificates of Naturalization to persons who have lived in Jamaica continuously for a minimum of five (5) years and are of good character. Other factors taken into account in granting Citizenship by Naturalization include financial standing, as well as the applicant’s contribution and involvement in the society.

For information on to the requirements related to the above, interested parties are invited to visit the following webpage: a href="http://www.pica.gov.jm/citizenship/category-of-citizenship/naturalisation/"target="_blank">http://www.pica.gov.jm/citizenship/category-of-citizenship/naturalisation/

Applicants should also have resided in Jamaica for at least twelve (12) months preceding the date of application and must state their intention to live in Jamaica if naturalization is granted.

In order to apply for Naturalization, applicants should complete in duplicate, a Naturalization Form N1, which may be obtained from the Jamaica Printing Office, and submit along with the following documents:

  • Birth certificate and any other evidence of nationality;
  • Passport on which the applicant originally entered Jamaica;
  • Current passport, if different from above;
  • Work permit or Exemption Certificate;
  • Tax Compliance Certificate;
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs certified by a Justice of the Peace; 
  • Evidence of any community activities in which the applicant may be involved.

The cost of Naturalization is $10,050 Jamaican dollars, including a non-refundable deposit of $2,000 on application. The remaining $8,000 is payable to the Accountant General’s Department on approval of the application and $50 is payable for Stamp Duty.

Renunciation of Jamaican Citizenship
Applicants should give very careful consideration before applying to renounce their Jamaican citizenship.

When convinced that it is necessary to do so, a person may renounce his/her Jamaican Citizenship, provided that the individual is an adult of sound mental capacity who is either a national of a foreign country or has been assured of such nationality if he/she renounces Jamaican Nationality.

In order to apply, please obtain a Declaration of Renunciation of Citizenship Form. This form should be completed in triplicate and signed in the presence of a Notary Public or Consular Officer. The form should then be submitted along with the following:

  • Jamaican passport;
  • Certified copy of birth certificate;
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs certified by a Notary Public or Consular Officer;
  • Application fee of $30,000 Jamaican dollars or equivalent in American dollars payable to the Ministry of National Security. 

Applicants will be required to submit evidence of other nationality or proof of eligibility to obtain other nationality upon relinquishing their Jamaican citizenship.

The processing time is approximately six (6) to twelve (12) months.

For further information on to the requirements related to the above, interested parties are invited to visit the following webpage: http://www.pica.gov.jm/citizenship/general-citizenship-information/how-do-i-give-up-renounce-jamaica-citizenship/

Restoration of Citizenship
Individuals who had previous renounced their Jamaican Citizenship may apply for Restoration of Jamaican Citizenship by completing in duplicate, a Restoration of Citizenship ( Form R5) which may be obtained from the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo. This should be completed and submitted along with the following:

  • Letter of Renunciation;
  • Proof of current citizenship;
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs certified by a Notary Public of Consular Officer;
  • Application fee of $15,000 Jamaican dollars or the equivalent in American dollars payable to the Ministry of National Security.

The processing time is approximately six (6) to twelve (12) months.

For further information on to the requirements related to the above, interested parties are invited to visit the following webpage: http://www.pica.gov.jm/citizenship/general-citizenship-information/restoration-of-jamaican-citizenship/

Alien Registration
All foreigners over the age of sixteen (16) years who expect to be in Jamaica for more than six (6) months are required to register as aliens at the Ministry of National Security, Immigration, Citizenship and Passport Division, 25 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10, Jamaica. The registration fee is $1,000 Jamaican dollars.

Registration of Minors
The Ministry of National Security has discretionary powers to grant Jamaican Citizenship by Certification to any minor. In order to apply for this, the applicant’s parent or legal guardian should complete a Registration Form R4 which is available at the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica, and submit along with the particulars of two (2) references in Jamaica, who will be interviewed by an officer of the Ministry. The cost of Registration is $2,500 Jamaican dollars.

For further information on to the requirements related to the above, interested parties are invited to visit the following webpage:http://www.pica.gov.jm/citizenship/category-of-citizenship/registration-of-minors/

Passport applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • Completed passport application form (click here to download form in pdf format *);
  • Original or Certified copy birth certificate;
  • Original or Certified copy Marriage, Divorce, or Death Certificate, as appropriate (Officially translated & certified documents MUST be submitted, where necessary);
  • Three (3) Passport-sized photographs (one to be certified by a Notary Public, Jamaican Honorary Consul or Consular Officer);
  • Expired or current Jamaican passport;
  • Police Report in the case of lost passport;
  • Requisite passport fee.

Photographs
In order to avoid rejection of photographs during the processing of any passport application, applicants are advised to ensure that:

  • photographs are not older than six (6) months;
  • photographs are of high quality;
  • photographs show skin tone and have appropriate brightness or contrast;
  • there are no shadows or flash reflections on the photograph;
  • the applicant's eyes are open and both ears are visible;
  • the back of one (1) photograph only is certified.

Please ensure that the photographs are in keeping with the requirements of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), on the following website: http://www.pica.gov.jm/passport-servies/general-passport-information/passport-photo-requirements

Note

The processing of each passport application may take approximately nine (9) weeks, given the geographical logistics involved. Once the new machine readable passport is ready, it will be returned to the applicant along with the cancelled passport, all original documents submitted, as well as receipt for payment.

Please note that the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) reserves the right to request additional documents during the process.