Hello, my husband is a Jamaican. I need help with the proper procedures to apply for my marriage exemption certificate. Please can you tell me the steps I need to take to become certified, and what do I do after becoming certified. Also, I was told that I will need to go to the Jamaican Consulate in the U.S. Can you help me with this process. Thank you for your help
I have a Marriage Exemption. You will need: Marraige certificate Letter signed by husband and wife stating that you live together. This needs to be stamped/signed by a JP. Both passports There is a time frame that you need to be in country.....I don't remember what it is offhand. You will be interviewed at the Labour Department in Kingston, you must both be there. No appointment, just walk in and wait....... When they are satisfied that you are the real deal you will be given a bank voucher that you carry to the bank and return with a reciept. Having a car or driver is handy for this part. You present your paid voucher, then they give you a letter. DO NOT LOSE IT!! You then take the letter to the passport office. There will be charges, but you can pay them on site. They will stamp your passport. Men get 3 years, women get 10. The whole thing costs around 25K JMD. Never lose the letter, you will need it to extend your exemption.
Do some online research, the fees are posted online somewhere. Best of luck, plan on a full day in Kingston to get it done.
Thank you, you have been a great help. I also read your response to someone else question about shipping all of your belongings to Jamaica, and it being free if it is shipped to a Jamaican citizen. Since my husband is a Jamaican citizens I could shipped everything to him. Is this correct?
Yes. It is a one time deal. I'll try to find the relevant links to all this. Also, if you do not yet have a TRN you will need one for the exemption interview. It is a a Jamaican SSN and you can get one at any tax office.
Ooowee, thanks for your help. I am feeling a lot better about this process, because of your knowledgeable help.
I was wondering about that. So it is called a "TRN." So once I receive my MEC status, I will go and apply for my TRN. I pray that once I get settled in, my job hunting will be just as easy. Thank you for everything.
This is the first step of doing this process. Everything taken from the governments sites. I followed everything when I did it 3 years ago and it is still the same. Step 1: Persons who are eligible for Marriage Exemption under Part I of the Schedule of the Foreign Nationals and Commonwealth Citizen (employment) Exemption Regulations i.e. in view of their marriage to Jamaican nationals are required to attend the Ministry of Labour, 1F North Street Kingston (see checklist for guidance) with their spouses in order to obtain a Marriage Exemption Certificate.
Procedure for obtaining a Marriage Exemption by Foreign Nationals married to Jamaican Spouse A processing fee of Fifteen Thousand Jamaican dollars (Ja$l5,000) is to be paid (using the Ministry Payment voucher), at any branch of the National Commercial Bank submitted on attendance. The vouchers can be obtained at the Work Permit Department or any Regional/Parish Office island wide.
Both Husband and wife must attend at the Ministry of Labour, 1F North Street, Kingston with the following documents:
Birth Certificate or Citizenship Certificate of Jamaican Spouse (original and certified copy). Marriage Certificate (original and certified copy). Passport of both husband and wife. For the Jamaican, a valid passport, national ID or driver’s license maybe used. Affidavit signed by both husband and wife stating that they share a common matrimonial home in Jamaica. This must be certified by a Justice of the Peace. Two certified passport size photographs of husband or wife (expatriate). One certified passport size photograph of husband or wife (Jamaican). A copy of the Decree Absolute if either or both the husband and wife have previously been divorced. A copy of death certificate (original and certified copy) if a former spouse has died. PLEASE NOTE
Expatriate males are issued an Exemption Certificate which is valid over three (3) years period. Expatriate females are issued a letter of Exemption valid for the duration of the marriage to the Jamaican spouse. Marriage should exceed ONE MONTH before attending the Ministry for processing. Processing and delivery is done the same day attended. The Certificate along with the passport of the Non-Jamaican is to be taken to the Immigration Authorities for the passport to be endorsed. FOR RENEWAL
Both parties must attend at the Ministry at least one (1) month before the expiry date and should take along the following documents.
1) Exemption Certificate previously issued.
2) Both Passports (Please see above note on valid forms of identification for the Jamaican).
3) Affidavit duly signed by both parties and certified by a Justice of Peace or Notary Public.
PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE CAREFULLY
After you do complete step on go to Pica Office with the Marriage Exempt Certificate Step 2: MARRIAGE EXEMPTION – This is where a foreign national is married to a Jamaican national Valid passport for at least six(6) months Marriage exemption certificate from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Birth/Naturalization Certificate or Machine readable Jamaican passport of Jamaican Spouse Entry Visa (where applicable) based on list of countries that require visa prior to arrival Marriage Certificate
Pics will interview you and husband separately then after that if all checks out with them then they will stamp your passport for 3 years with the eligibility to work. You have to wait a couple of days to pick up passport.
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