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US Embassy In Jamaica
What Services Does It Provide to Jamaicans?

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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

What’s the one thing that every Jamaican will keep a secret? That they applied for an American visa. Going to the embassy for most is quite nerve-racking and they will only make mention of it once they have their visas in their hands.

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The U.S Visa

A U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveller's passport, a travel document issued by the traveller's country of citizenship, is typically required before a foreign national can enter the US. If they satisfy the prerequisites for visa-free travel, some foreign visitors may be qualified to visit the United States without a visa.

Types of U.S Visa

1. Nonimmigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant visas (NIV) are intended for those who intend to travel to the United States for either business or pleasure; students or exchange visitors beginning study or cultural work programs in the U.S.; travellers passing through the country on their way to other destinations; seasonal temporary workers or employees hired by American businesses for long periods; travellers on diplomatic, official, or U.N. business; and journalists providing time-specific media coverage.

2. Immigrant Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Kingston processes immigrant visas to the United States for citizens and residents of Jamaica. A foreign national seeking to immigrate to the United States must typically be sponsored by one or more U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or potential U.S. employers. It must have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The process starts when the sponsor submits a petition to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on behalf of the foreign national (USCIS).

3. Family-Based Immigration

The Immigration and Nationality Act, which governs immigration to the United States, offers two categories of family-based immigrant visas: immediate relatives and family preference.

4. Fiancé(e) Visa

The foreign citizen fiancé (or fiancée) of an American citizen is eligible for a K-1 nonimmigrant visa. The K-1 visa enables the foreign national's fiancé(e) to visit the country and wed the sponsor, a citizen of the United States, within 90 days of arrival.

5. Employment-Based Immigration

Approximately 140,000 employment-based immigrant visas are made available to qualified applicants each fiscal year (October 1 – September 30) under the terms of U.S. immigration law. Immigrant visas based on employment are separated into five preference categories. Some spouses and kids may follow employment-based immigrants or join them.

6. Diversity Visa - The Diversity Visa (DV) program, which would offer 55,000 immigrant visas through an annual lottery beginning in the fiscal year 1995, was established by the Immigration Act of 1990. By choosing applicants primarily from nations with low rates of immigration to the United States over the previous five years, the lottery seeks to diversify the immigrant population in the country.

7. Returning Resident Visas - When returning to the country from abroad, all Conditional Residents (CR) and Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) of the United States must show valid identification proving their residency status. If you have been absent from the country for more than a year (or if a Re-Entry Permit has expired), don't have your I-551 Permanent Resident ("green") card, or both, you might need to go to the embassy to get the necessary paperwork to enter the country again.

Visiting the Embassy

American citizens and visitors to the consular section must enter the buildings through a specific consular entrance on Old Hope Road. Every visitor to the Embassy must go through a security inspection.

Cell phones, cameras, beepers, and pagers should all be put away before entering the Embassy because using them on the compound is forbidden. The Embassy cannot store these items and reserves the right to restrict the entry of possessions.

How long does it take to get a U.S. visa in Jamaica?

Most administrative processing is finished in 60 days, though this time frame may change depending on the case's specifics.

What happens if the visa gets rejected?

The applicant is typically informed of the specific law that is relevant if their request for a visa is denied. The consular officer also informs applicants for visas if they can request a waiver of their ineligibility.

What are the causes of visa rejection?

There are several reasons why a visa may be rejected, here are a few common ones:

  1. Application errors and data inconsistencies.
  2. breaking the rules regarding documentation and visas.
  3. Poorly detailed travel plans.
  4. Insufficient Justification for the Travelling Intention.
  5. Lack of funding

Contact Information

Address: 142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica, West Indies

Phone: 876-702-6000

Fax: 876-702-6348

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References & Sources For US Embassy In Jamaica

  1. U.S. Embassy in Jamaica. 2022. Homepage. [online] Available at: [Accessed 2 September 2022].

US Embassy In Jamaica | Written: September 02, 2022

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