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PAHO and WHO Question and Answers: Zika and Pregnancy

The Ministry of Health is advising women to delay becoming pregnant for the next six to twelve months and those already pregnant to take extra precaution to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes given the possible link between zika virus infection and microcephaly...READ MORE   How does Zika virus affect pregnant…

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Flexible Work Arrangements FAQs

In 1996, a Labour Market Reform Committee, chaired by Professor George Eaton, recommended the implementation of Flexible Work Arrangements as one of the strategies for reform of the Jamaican labour market. It was recognized that flexibility in the labour market is crucial to the country’s ability to compete and survive…

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How to Apply for a Jamaican Passport?

A passport is a secure travel document that is often used to show proof of one’s identity and citizenship. It is also used for international travel. First-Time Applicant (Adult) Persons residing in Jamaica who have never held a passport MUST appear in person either at the head office of the…

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Applying for a Jamaican Work Permit

Persons seeking to obtain a work permit are required to submit an application to the Work Permit Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) through their prospective employer, contractor or legal representative. Employers submitting work permit applications on behalf of prospective employees are required to submit a…

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Applying for Jamaican Citizenship

Under Chapter two of the Jamaican Constitution, persons born in Jamaica and persons born outside Jamaica of Jamaican parents have an automatic right to Jamaican citizenship. Applications for Jamaican Citizenship are done in different categories. These include applications for citizenship: Descent Marriage Naturalization Registration (Commonwealth) Registration (Minor)     Based…

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How to secure permission to film in Jamaica?

Overseas companies wishing to film in Jamaica, whether still shoots, music videos, documentaries, reality and other television shows, must apply to the Jamaica Film Commission for a Film Licence. How to Apply Complete and submit the Film Licence Application Form available on the website of the Jamaica Film Commission: http://www.filmjamaica.com/ Applicants should also…

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Obtaining a Jamaican Passport – Overseas

Persons overseas who are applying for a Jamaican passport must submit their application to the relevant Jamaican Embassy or Consulate. The embassy will then send the application to the Passport Immigration & Citizenship agency (PICA) for processing. Processing of applications will be approximately four (4) to six (6) weeks. The…

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Obtaining a Death Certificate

What is a Death Certificate? A Death Certificate is a legal document which declares that a person is officially deceased. It is useful in settling the deceased person’s affairs, such as transfer of property through inheritance and/or insurance matters.   Who Can Register a Death? The occupier of the house…

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Adopting a Child in Jamaica

Who Can Adopt?                Under Jamaican law any person 25 years and older can adopt a child/children. However, the law allows persons who are 18 years old to adopt younger relatives.   Who Can Be Adopted?         Only children between the ages of six weeks and 18 years old are…

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