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Thinking about moving to Kingston Jamaica

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Ballin2394
9/10/2018 11:54 EST

I want to live a year abroad from America in Jamaica. The first thing people say is the crime. But I'm from Detroit Michigan and anyone who's from there knows how crazy it is. The only difference in Jamaica I wouldn't understand patwa at first. So I'm not worried about crime. Plus I'm black with dreadlocks so until I speak they'll pretty much think I'm from there as long as I don't dress like a tourist. My biggest concerns are finding cheap but nice areas to rent. My ex gf was from portmore so I know a tad about that area. Plus to live for a year here or possibly longer how much would I have to save in US dollars? I was thinking 20,000 to be safe. I want to use this year or more away to get myself back. I've had a lot of personal family issues and even as a kid I was the family member who cared about having a close family no fighting. I'm 23 now and I feel like I've been manipulated so many times by my parents through out my childhood. I just wanna move get myself straight and move to a place to wear if I really really like it I would actually stay and Kingston Jamaica is the place. I'm kinda confused on how the politic war thing goes but I'll get it. Lucky for me I have cousins who are Jamaican with their mother being from the country. Basically all my questions are about the financial side of it. What's a good cheap renting area for a single male. How long would it take to get the work permit. Would I be able to live there if I traded stocks as my job instead of getting a perimit?

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ruthie14
9/12/2018 21:17 EST

Kingston is a pretty stressful place to live. If I was trying to get some head space, I would look more into living in the country or on the north coast. The more money you have in hand, the better. Most of the good areas to live in are pretty expensive. Check out the thread "honesty about Kingston" on this site for more information about which areas to consider.

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Iriestar68
9/14/2018 08:31 EST

So you're an American looking to move to Jamaica? You say you have family here...are your parents or grandparents Jcan? I would assume so, but I'm asking anyway lol

You will be given a three month tourist visa upon arrival..you can extend it another 3 months as long as you can prove you won't be a burden to society and have a place to live and money to support yourself.

File for your citizenship/resident status as soon as you can..it takes no time and then you can work. Going as an American and applying for a work permit is going to be tough unless the company you currently work for, is having you relocate to the area. You can also work under the table for cash, but thats a risk you need to be willing to take. We hire labors all the time and don't ask for papers so that might be an option.

20k might seem like a lot of money, but in reality, it's not. Rent is about the same as the US, but food is not. If you plan on living and eating like an American, your money will run out before you know it.

Good in luck in your adventure...why don't you come down for three months and play it by ear since you're only thinking of being here a year.

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