process of relocating to Jamaica after a period of residence abroad
entails direct contact with Government Agencies and Departments,
as well as with airlines, shippers and customs brokers. In order
to simplify the relevant procedures, a major component in the Charter
for Long-Term Returning Residents has been the establishment
of the Jamaicans Overseas Department at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Kingston which
offers assistance in dealing with the various problems which may
The Jamaicans Overseas Department (formerly the Returning Residents
Facilitation Unit) is staffed by a team of officers who are familiar
with the various regulations pertaining to importation, immigration
and other relevant matters. The Department is designed to function
as a focal point for transmission of information to and from overseas-based
Jamaicans, either directly, or through Jamaica's Overseas Missions
The Department also liaises closely with the following Ministries,
Departments and Agencies including:
the important tasks performed by the Jamaicans Overseas Department
administration of the Returning Residents Programme including
the provision of essential information to returning Jamaicans.
The monitoring of procedures relating to the relocation process;
the identification of problems; and the facilitation of solutions
The promotion of the interest of overseas Jamaicans seeking to
provide skills and services, including the circulation of curriculum
vitae / resumes of qualified persons seeking to explore employment
The promotion of the development of a policy supportive of the
interests of overseas Jamaican communities in their respective
The encouragement and mobilization of Jamaicans abroad to promote
relationships of mutual support which assists national development.
Department is geared to assist in individual cases of difficulty,
and, where it is apparent that a number of persons are experiencing
the same problem, the Department will be instrumental in alerting
the appropriate Ministry or Agency, and in working with them to
take corrective action. In the same way, it will keep abreast of
changes in the relevant procedures and regulations, and make such
information available on a continuous and timely basis.
The services of the Jamaicans Overseas Department are extended through
the network of Jamaica's Diplomatic and Consular Missions provide
a vital linkage with nationals living abroad. All Missions have
therefore been provided with supplies of this Information Pack and
are aware of its operational details.
Additionally, because in some countries and some locales there are
significant concentrations of people of Jamaican origin, special
Residents Information Desks have been established in the following
High Commission, Ottawa
Kingdom Jamaican High Commission, London
States Jamaican Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Consulate-General, New York
each of these Missions a Consular Officer has been designated to assist
Returning Residents. You are invited to contact
the Mission nearest to you, and seek clarification on any aspect
of planning your return to Jamaica. If you are unable to make a personal
visit to a Mission, please make contact by mail, telephone, fax or
email, and your request will be dealt with promptly.
In countries where there is no Diplomatic or Consular Mission assistance,
information can be sought directly from the Jamaicans
Overseas Department in Kingston. Similarly, if you are in Jamaica
on a visit prior to relocation, you are encouraged to visit the Jamaicans
Overseas Department for any information you may require.
The primary mission of the Jamaicans Overseas Department is the
effective administration of the Returning Residents Programme through
the establishment of an environment conducive to the return and
reintegration of Jamaicans overseas and the provision of related
We seek to assist in the process of relocation to Jamaica through
the provision of essential information and necessary guidance.
We maintain continuous interaction with those agencies and entities
of the public and private sectors which necessarily come into
contact with returning residents during the re-settlement period.
We liaise with our overseas Diplomatic and Consular Missions as
well as with established Returning Resident Associations both
locally and overseas to ensure an effective network for the channeling
of information to the Jamaican communities abroad.
We provide a Skills Bank Service which essentially seeks to relate
skills available from the Jamaica community overseas to employment
opportunities in Jamaica in the public and private sectors.
We welcome queries from Returning Residents who may freely seek
guidance concerning those regulations and procedures, which are
generally applicable or issues which derive from their particular
We strive at all times to deliver timely and satisfactory service.