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  • Some 11 public sector agencies will be offering services at the 6th biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference scheduled for June 13 -18 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.
  • This is part of the ‘Government at Your Service’ feature of the conference being held under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Linking for Growth and Prosperity’.
  • Among the entities are: Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), National Housing Trust (NHT), Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Registrar General’s Department (RGD), Jamaica Customs, and National Land Agency (NLA).

Some 11 public sector agencies will be offering services at the 6th biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference scheduled for June 13 -18 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.

This is part of the ‘Government at Your Service’ feature of the conference being held under the theme: ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Linking for Growth and Prosperity’.

Among the entities are: Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), National Housing Trust (NHT), Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Registrar General’s Department (RGD), Jamaica Customs, and National Land Agency (NLA).

They will offer a range of services, including renewal of passport; application for Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN); registration of NHT Voluntary Contributors; and on spot interviews for approval of returning resident status, which will eliminate going to Customs House to be processed.

The NLA will offer services that are accessible via the online portal, eLandjamaica, while conference attendees will be able to access the RGD’s regular and express services for application for birth, marriage and death certificates.

Customers, who use the express service, which will be available on Monday (June 15), will be able to collect their documents on or before Wednesday (June 17). The RGD’s Genealogy Research Facility will also be available for persons to trace their family history.

PICA will have an immigration officer on location to facilitate processing of immigration documents, offer information and citizenship services to patrons.

“We are having a full house service and we are looking forward to having members of our Diaspora there and we are really excited about it,” Director of Customer Service at PICA, Lesline Chisholm, told JIS News.

Persons, who wish to renew and collect their passport at the conference, must submit a completed application at the PICA booth by 10:30 a.m. on June 16.

For submissions made after June 16, applicants will be required to pick up their passport at PICA’s Montego Bay office at Overton Plaza, 49 Union Street, or at the agency’s head office, 25C Constant Spring Road in Kingston.

Applicants will be required to indicate their preferred location for picking up the document.