Jamaicans living overseas look forward to the day when they return
home, some to retire, some to invest, and others to work and share
experience and expertise gained abroad. The process of relocation
and re-establishing oneself requires planning, and in the past,
Returning Residents have been severely hampered by a lack of information.
This Web Site has therefore been designed to provide the kind of
advice which will facilitate the re-entry process for Jamaican nationals
and their families returning home to live and join in the development
of our country.
An important factor in a number of policy decisions recently taken
by the Government of Jamaica was the need to refine certain procedures
in order to make it easier for Jamaicans overseas to return home.
The Government accordingly initiated the Charter for Long-Term Returning
Residents. The Provisions of Charter which was introduced in 1993
The provision of adequate and up-to-date information to actual and
potential Returning Residents and the briefing of officials with whom
they will come into contact.
The establishment of the Returning Residents Facilitation Unit
now the Jamaicans
Overseas Department in the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Kingston to deal specifically
with matters of interest to our overseas Jamaican communities
and in particular Returning Residents' affairs. The Department
coordinates the efforts of designated officers in Jamaican Embassies,
High Commissions and Consulates in the United States, Canada and
the United Kingdom specially assigned to deal with Returning Residents,
and liaises with Ministries and Government Agencies which administer
the various procedures and regulations affecting Returning Residents.
The review of statutory provisions relating to such matters as
eligibility for concessions, and importation of personal and household
effects and tools of trade with a view to possible amendment of
the relevant laws.
The standardization of procedures relating to the importation
of motor vehicles for all Jamaicans at home and abroad.
In preparing this document, matters that a Returning Resident will
have to address have been identified, some of which require explanation
and prior knowledge of what to expect. We believe that this information
should provide the answers to most of your questions, but please do
not hesitate to contact the Jamaicans
Overseas Department, or the Jamaican
Diplomatic or Consular Mission nearest to you should you require
any further clarification.
As part of a process of liberalization, every effort has been made
to simplify the bureaucratic processes involved in returning home.
We must caution however, that penalties still exist for the abuse
of the relevant laws and regulations. Please be aware of this and