Permanent Residence Visa

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


An applicant for permanent residence must fall in any one of the following categories:

  • Employment (not less than 3 years)
  • Retirement
  • Marriage to a Jamaican
  • Dependent
  • Previous holders of Unconditional Landing status by virtue of marriage to a Jamaican


lifelong Month(s)



24 Month(s)





P. Residency

2 Month(s)


Processing time

12-24 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Permanent Residence Visa?

7 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • You need evidence of sufficient funds.
  • Business owner needs to pay all the taxes.
  • Evidence of marriage - applicable to applicants who are married to a Jamaican.
  • You should be in good health.
  • You need a reason for seeking permanent residence in Jamaica.
  • You need references or acquaintances (nationals of Jamaica).

Which documents do I need to apply for the Permanent Residence Visa?

15 Document Required

  • Valid passport (entry visa for Jamaica is required for nationals of Non Commonwealth countries as well as nationals of Commonwealth countries on whom a visa requirement has been imposed).
  • Evidence of financial status and means of support such as particulars of pension, bank statement, property owned and business investments.
  • Business owners must present Certificate of Registration, Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC).
  • Birth Certificate of applicant (original) and should be translated if not in English.
  • Birth Certificate or Jamaican passport of Jamaican Spouse – applicable to applicants who are married to a Jamaican.
  • Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree /Decree Absolute (where applicable).
  • Birth Certificate of children (where applicable).
  • Local Medical Certificate – certificate of good health (in Jamaica).
  • Police Certificate from previous country or countries of residence and from Jamaica if resided here for 6 months or more.
  • 2 identical passport size photographs certified by a Justice of the Peace.
  • Letter stating reason for seeking permanent residence in Jamaica.
  • Letter from two reputable references or acquaintances (nationals of Jamaica).
  • Non-refundable processing fee of Jamaican One Hundred Thousand dollars JMD100,000.00.
  • Letters in (k) & (l) must be addressed to: The Chief Executive Officer Passport Immigration, Citizenship Agency 25 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10.
  • All documents submitted must be original.

Talent Migration data for Jamaica

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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