EASY ACCESS: New global immigration card for Jamaicans

Author:  Edited from CMC
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica says it is working towards the creation of a global immigration card for its nationals living overseas.

Saunders SharonAccording to the government, a feasibility study to show how the document will be implemented is being prepared for discussion at the upcoming Biennial Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference.

Ambassador Sharon Saunders, under-secretary for diaspora protocol and consular affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, told a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) “Think Tank” that the ministry is working with the Ministry of National Security and a diaspora task force within the Economic Growth Council (EGC) to develop the card, one of the 18 EGC targets announced by the government.

‘PROGRESS’

“That is in progress,” said Saunders. “It will allow for Jamaicans in the diaspora to come in and join the queue.

“As Jamaicans, you travel on a Canadian passport but if you have a global immigration card you can join the Jamaican queue and there may be certain privileges. It will become a loyalty card.”

She said the card is intended “to increase affinity and to raise the level of consciousness of Jamaicans.”

The Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference is scheduled for July 23-26. Saunders said it will be a platform for persons to share ideas and experiences, and create new alliances.

“The diaspora is alive and well, and the conference embraces and affirms that our Jamaican family overseas is part of us,” she explained, adding that the delegates will experience “the ease of doing business” and the fast-tracked completion of a wide range of services.

“We are facilitating the easier access to some of the services that Jamaicans in the diaspora need, and in other circumstances have to wait, perhaps too long, for their land titles, or their birth certificates, or their marriage certificates,” Saunders said.

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