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 Information Pack has therefore been designed
primarily 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 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 included:
establishment of a Returning Residents Facilitation Unit in
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Kingston
to deal specifically with Returning Residents' affairs with
responsibility for coordinating 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 liaising with the Ministries
and Government Agencies which administer the various procedures
and regulations affecting Returning Residents.
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
standardization of procedures relating to the importation of
motor vehicles for all Jamaicans at home and abroad.
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.
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
Pack 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 at the addresses
in the directory provided 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