How to apply for jamaican birth certificate

Overview of services provided

The Embassy of Jamaica is committed to providing efficient and courteous consular advice and service to both Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans.

Among the services provided for Jamaicans are:

  • Accepting and processing passport applications for issuance by the Immigration, Passport and Citizenship Division of the Ministry of National Security, Kingston;
  • Issuing of Emergency Certificates;
  • Facilitating and providing advice on matters relating to Jamaican citizenship;
  • Providing information and facilitating applications for records such as birth, marriage and death certificates and police record;
  • Providing information for returning residents;
  • Authentication of documents;
  • Providing information on Tax Registration Number (TRN) and conducting legal transactions in Jamaica;
  • Providing information on living and working in Japan;
  • Providing information on procedures regarding donations to Jamaican institutions;
  • Providing information on importation of motor vehicles from Japan to Jamaica;
  • Providing information on business and investment in Jamaica;
  • Providing general information on Jamaica to facilitate promotion of Jamaica by Jamaicans in Japan;
  • Assistance (non-financial) and advice to Jamaicans in distress;
  • Assistance in contacting next of kin in the event of emergencies;
  • Information by e-mail on important events in Jamaica and Japan.
  • Providing information on visa requirements for Jamaica and issuing of visas;
  • Providing information on applying for work permit;
  • Providing residency and citizenship information;
  • Providing information and facilitating applications for records such as marriage certificates and police records;
  • Advising on procedures for getting married in Jamaica, as well as procedures for getting married to a Jamaican national;
  • Providing information on visiting Jamaica and studying English in Jamaica;
  • Authentication of documents.

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.

All applications for citizenship may be made directly to the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica at the following address:

Ministry of National Security

Immigration, Citizenship & Passport Division

25 Constant Spring Road

Kingston 10

Jamaica, West Indies

Tel. (876) 906 1497 or (876) 906 4474

Applications may also be submitted through the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo, for which purpose a processing fee of ¥3000 will be charged.

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:

  • Certified copy of applicant’s birth certificate;
  • Certified copy of original birth certificate of mother or father;
  • Certified copies of the first five pages or the data page of the passport of the mother or father;
  • Certified copy of parent’s marriage certificate, where applicable;
  • Two certified passport-sized photographs.

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 finalized. 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, four, instead of two photographs, and pay the requisite passport and processing fees.

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;
  • Two 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Source: www.jamaicaemb.jp

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