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Missamyholland
9/9/2018 09:29 EST

I am a Mother with a Jamaican descendant planning to move to Jamaica Westmoreland next year with my 8 year old son. I have been visiting the island for 28 years, mainly staying in Sav La Mar with family.

How difficult or easy have some of you on here found the move and all the requirements and financial commitments that come with moving?

Has there been any strains on your mental health?

If any of you have young children, how have your children coped with the move and change of schooling?

This is something I am doing alone. I am entitled to residency through descendancy as my maternal family all have Jamaican passports.

Do these processes take long?

I have administration, customer service, special educational needs, psychology, counselling work background (5years +). How is finding employment?

Can expats apply or enroll on the vocational courses that are offered to residents?

I’m not interested in the opinions of people who went looking for an easier life. Jamaica has been my second home all my life.
I’m committed to moving, settling, working hard and I’m already comfortable and accustomed to daily life styles.

Any advice would be highly appreciated.

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Iriestar68
9/10/2018 10:07 EST

Are you Jcan born? That makes a difference.

If you're a Jcan, you can find whatever work you need on day one..if not, you need to apply for your citizenship ASAP and once you get your papers, then you can find work. Until then you're just a tourist and have no rights to work.

Finding work is going to be an issue.....can you support yourself and your son on Jcan wages?

Do you have family on the island that can help you with such things as opening a bank account, filing for your papers etc. You will need a JP. You can't just walk into NCB and open an account..it's not that easy. You need your TRN card as well.

As for children and school...the Jcans schools can be tough..go private if you can afford it. Your child's 'public' school will be based on his test scores and you don't him ending up on a dump school.

As for mental health..it does take awhile to get used to the lifestyle, the processes and slowness of it all. Visiting here and living are not the same thing...not even close.

How much research have you done? Have you read the PICA site? Like I said, you need to get your papers in order before you think about getting a job...you'll be here as a tourist first and resident/citizen second.

good luck in your move! We are Sav quite a bit..I like it there but boy is it HOT!!!

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Gardis
9/10/2018 19:49 EST

Iriestar, I'm confused by your seemingly conflicting statements. First you tell this person "If you're a Jcan, you can find whatever work you need on day one."
Then two sentences later, you say "Finding work is going to be an issue". From my experience (10 years managing a free zone factory, employing 100 people - all Jamaicans, non expats except me), it is very very difficult to find work in Jamaica. How is possible they would be able to find work "on day one?" Please let me in on the secret so I can inform my unemployed Jamaican friends by all means. Otherwise, your advice was spot on.

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Iriestar68
9/11/2018 07:48 EST

Unless the OP is already a Jcan citizen, finding work, other than opening her own business, is going to be an issue. Even opening her own business is going to take some time...but it can be done.

There is work out there to be had IF you're willing (and qualified) to work.

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