Tag: Citizenship


PM Affirms Commitment To Republic Status For Jamaica

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring citizens that the Government is committed to pursuing Jamaica’s transition to a Republic in keeping with the wishes of the people.   He noted that members of the Constitutional Reform Committee (CRC) have done a lot of work to garner the views of citizens across the island, and opinion polls have repeatedly […]


How To Think About Dual Citizenship?

A few years ago, a PNP candidate as a St Mary candidate for MP was found, without renouncing his acquired Canadian citizenship, to be ineligible to stand for election. I was of a different view from the Court’s since Commonwealth citizenship along with a year’s residency in Jamaica satisfied the eligibility question in my view. Apparently, if a Commonwealth citizen […]


U.S. — New Rules To Restrict “Birth Tourism”

There are now new visa rules put in place by the Trump administration to restrict what is referred to as “birth tourism” — the practice of women traveling to the United States to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil.  Applicants will now be denied a tourist visa unless they can prove […]


Jamaica Grants Citizenship To Foreign Nationals

Thirty-three foreign nationals living in Jamaica have been granted citizenship by the Government. They were presented with documents formalizing their status by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) during a citizenship oath ceremony at the Liguanea Club in St. Andrew on February 28. The ceremony was attended by National Security Minister, Hon. Horace Chang, who has portfolio responsibility for […]


“Fiduciary Obligation To The Public”

When a man or woman gives birth to a child, he or she gains the title of parent. However, if their participation in the child’s life ends at that point, society (and history for that matter) will not deem him or her to have been a “good” parent. Active participation in and throughout the child’s life is required to achieve […]