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Immigration Fact Sheet

IMMIGRATION FACT SHEET

FOR ALL NON-JAMAICAN STUDENTS

 

All non-Jamaican students admitted to the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) are required to acquire an “Extension of Stay” visa. This “Extension of Stay” is considered your student visa and must be obtained by the end date stamped in your travel document on your first arrival to the Island. Please note that the date on the stamp that is placed in your passport at the port of entry only qualifies you to be in the Island as a visitor and you are expected to obtain student status by acquiring the “Extension of Stay”.

Students travelling from outside CARICOM and who need visas to enter Jamaica must contact the nearest Jamaican Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. The visa issued by the mission acts as a landing permit and students will therefore still need to acquire an “Extension of Stay” when they arrive in Jamaica. The list of overseas missions can be found at http://www.mfaft.gov.jm.

The International Students Office (ISO) through an arrangement with PICA will facilitate the processing of the “Extension of Stay” visa in-house at the ISO. The date for the collection of documents will be announced via e-mails, text messages, the distribution of fliers and the ISO website. Students will be provided with the requisite immigration forms and a list of documents needed for the processing of the visas by the ISO. The passports and supporting documents will be collected, processed and returned to you on a date(s) that will be announced via e-mails, text messages, the distribution of fliers and the ISO website. Please note that ISO staff will not be available to return passports on weekends (Saturday or Sunday) or public holidays.

All non-Jamaican students are asked to take note the fees below:

 

Extension of Stay

(visitor, student, work permit/exemption,

Marriage exemption and dependent)

 

JA$10,000.00

To transfer a valid visa to a new passport will cost JA$5,000.00.

All non-Commonwealth nationals as well as Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands seeking extension of stay, (except visitor extension), are required to pay multiple entry visa fees as follows:

United States of America

JA$2,000.00

Belgium

JA$1,000.00

Holland

JA$1,000.00

France

JA$1,600.00

Mexico

JA$1,500.00

Venezuela

JA$1,200.00

Spain

JA$800.00

Israel

JA$600.00

Switzerland

JA$600.00

Others 

JA$500.00

All non-Commonwealth nationals, 16 years and older, who will be residing in Jamaica in excess of 6 months are required to be registered at a cost of JA$2,000.00.

For additional immigration related information you are invited to visit the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) website at http://www.pica.gov.jm/home.aspx.   

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