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What exactly is the Marriage Exemption?

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Bigstep
9/8/2017 00:46 EST

Im currently on a visit to Jamaica. I went to PICA in Mobay today to extend my visa and to apply for "Unconditional Landing" for my daughter (my husband is a Jamaican, residing in Jamaica).

My husband and I have been separated throughout our 4 year marriage. I have been regularly coming back and forth. I am a British student, studying in the UK. Next summer I would like to obtain some work experience here to compliment my degree. The immigration officer at PICA advised that I could apply for Marriage Exemption. She gave me a information sheet, but it does not have much information about what exactly it is and what it entirely enables me to do. Ive tried to research it online to get more information, to no avail.

Besides enabling me to lawfully work, what else does it entitle me? Does it have a length restriction on it? What is the difference between the Marriage Exemption and Permanent Residency?

Thank you so much in advance for any help and information.

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Clarendon72
9/9/2017 16:22 EST

Hi Bigstep,

As a female the Marriage Exemption Certificate is unrestricted, meaning it is valid as long as you are married to your husband.

It will also allow you to obtain an Extension of Stay from the passport office. Basically its a stamp in your passport that will allow you travel on a one way ticket to Jamaica and to live in the country.

However, it expires when your passport expires. So you would have to renew the Extension of Stay after you get a new passport. Of course, you would obtain a new passport before your current one expires.. Hope this helps.

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Bigstep
9/17/2017 19:52 EST

Thank you for your reply Clarendon72.

I do have one more question if you dont mind? What is the difference betwwen the Marriage exemption and permanent residency?? Thats the part Im confused about. Do you have any idea? It would be very much appreciated.

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Clarendon72
9/19/2017 18:26 EST

I don't know much information about Permanent Residency. It has more detail in the application process, takes longer and cost more to process.
But for our circumstance, having the marriage exemption and extension of stay for my wife will do the job for now.

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