PICA goes to Toronto march 25
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will be taking its outreach campaign to an exposition at the Pearson Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada, on March 25.
This will be done in partnership with other government agencies, such as the Registrar General's Department (RGD) and the National Land Agency (NLA); and Jamaica National (JN).
In an interview with JIS News, Acting Director of Customer Service at PICA, Stephanie Gordon, said once someone is interested in travelling to Jamaica, whether for business or personal stay, they should use the opportunity to access the services of the agencies.
“We will be going to the expo to offer passport, immigration, citizenship and unconditional landing status application services,” she said.
Gordon noted that persons who are attending the expo can apply for their passports to be renewed and apply for citizenship, if they are Jamaican descendants, or if they are married to Jamaicans.
“This is an opportunity to interface with us (PICA) and get information that you may have a difficulty getting on the phone or by email. We know that sometimes it is challenging to start an application process… so having us there, along with other agencies, gives you a first-hand opportunity without you travelling,” she said.
Gordon pointed out that anyone with a Jamaican connection can benefit from the exposition.
“You can apply for citizenship through your mother or grandmother, once you are able to present their birth certificates showing proof of the lineage. For example, if your grandmother is Jamaican, but both you and your mother were born in Canada, once you have all three birth certificates you can start the application at the expo,” Gordon advised.
“If you want to come and apply for citizenship and you do not have all the necessary paperwork, do not worry; the RGD will be there to provide the information and assist with searching for your birth records. Other agencies will be there to make the experience a seamless, one-stop shop,” she added.
Gordon also mentioned that PICA will be offering unconditional landing services for Jamaican citizens who have acquired Canadian citizenship but still wish to visit Jamaica without having restrictions on the length of their stay.
She explained that the exposition will cater to individuals who wish to enjoy dual citizenship status as well as Canadians who want to renew their Jamaican passports or update their books.
“Everyone should come out and get the information; even if you are not applying, still come with your questions. We are looking forward to servicing the Canadians who have some form of Jamaican lineage,” she said.
Gordon pointed out that persons can visit their website for further information, fees for the services and to download the application forms.