How does an american become a citizen of Jamaica? by Michelle

by Michelle Ray
(Morrow, Georgia)

QUESTION:
I would like to make Jamaica my "Island Home" and retire in Jamaica. I need to know, 1)who do I contact to obtain information to become a Jamaican Citizen, 2)do I have to give up my American Citizenship to become a Jamaican Citizen, 3)how much does it cost and, 4)can I get a long term visitor's visa.


I first traveled to Montego Bay in 2006, to celebrate my 50th b-day, and fell in love with my Jamaican sisters/brothers, the island, her culture, her breathtaking & amazing beauty and her deep love for the Lord/Jah.

I have returned to this beautiful island every year since 2006, and will be returning once again in Deecember 2011. I consider Jamaica my "island home" and, I named my 4th grand-daughter "Jamaica".

I reside in Mobay at Sunset Beach Resort when I come. However, I will do something different this year, "Parish Hop", wherein I will stay in Negril on the cliff side for 5 days and then return to Sunset Beach Resort for the remaining 13 days.

I always stay for 14 days, but every year I return, I keep adding more days and cry when I have to depart. I volunteered last year at "Tranquil Nursing Home" in Albion and, this year I would like to volunteer w/Robins Nest Chldren's Home in Mobay.

I look forward to your reponse to my inquiry. God Bless Jamaica.



ANSWER: by Wellesley July 25, 2011

Wow! It was a pleasure reading your feedback Michelle!

I could feel you deep passion and sense of belong to Jamaica - even naming your grandchild "Jamaica" wow! Love to hear of the work you did at the home in Albion too - I'd love to meet you on your next trip in December my friend.

Regarding your questions, on how to apply for Jamaican citizenship, take a peek at that that link above.

Incidentally, I had actually featured this article in my latest newsletter publication; it links back to the JIS website but it has some great information and tips & advise there.

By the way, if you are not yet a subscriber to our newsletter, I would suggest you subscribe now; we have loads of quality information about Jamaica in it every month.

Can I ask you a special favour now Michelle? Can you share your feedback from your Jamaican trips here? My site visitors (and myself) will be elated to hear from you! Seriously!

Either way, do continue to enjoy your love and passion, and please.... stay in touch Michelle Ray!

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Aug 22, 2013
love Jamaica
by: Willie McCambry

Hello my name is Willie McCambry I visit Jamaica every year . I plan to retire and Jamaica my retirement home.

I love the the people there and their culture. The beautiful weather the water the jerk chicken I am just in love with it.

I hope I don't have to go Thru a lot to become a citizen because I love it so much. Ocho Rios is where I usually stay but I venture all over when I'm there. I would retire right now if I could find the right work.

Aug 22, 2013
love Jamaica
by: Willie McCambry

Hello my name is Willie McCambry I visit Jamaica every year . I plan to retire and Jamaica my retirement home. I love the the people there and their culture. The beautiful weather the water the jerk chicken I am just in love with it. I hope I don't have to go Thur a lot to become a citizen because I love it so much. Ocho Rios is where I usually stay but I venture all over when I'm there. I would retire right now if I could find the right work.

Jul 26, 2011
"How does an american become a citizen of Jamaica?
by: Terri

Hi Michelle,

What a great story.


Jul 25, 2011
citizenship...lololol
by: Anonymous

good luck...if u have your own money & can prove it you're in luck. other than that get ready to wait a loooooong time. no you do not have to give up u.s. citizenship. many,many,many trips to kingston,lots of misinformation. i have been trying for 2 years..you'd think they would be happy to have you here, but they act like you are a terrorist. u.s.a should hire the ja government for airport screeners. no one would get through! but i listen to bob marley....don't give up the fight!!! good luck...you need it. i have been coming here since the 70s.

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