PICA Outlines Process For Renouncing Citizenship
KINGSTON, Sept. 10 (JIS): The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is advising the public that the renunciation of Jamaican citizenship can only be done by submitting an application to that agency.
“There is an official process through the Ministry of National Security and PICA, for facilitating all applications for the granting of citizenship as well as the renunciation of Jamaican citizenship,” Director of Citizenship Services at PICA, Carol Saunders-Hammond, told JIS News.
She stressed that Jamaican citizenship cannot be renounced by the mere submission of a letter certified by a Justice of the Peace, Notary Public or other public official.
Outlining the process, she pointed out that “one who wishes to give up their Jamaican citizenship must complete the declaration of renunciation in duplicate and must satisfy the basic qualifications, which include the grant or the promise of citizenship to the adopting country.”
She further stated that persons must also prove that they are Jamaicans by submitting evidence such as their birth certificate or Jamaican passport, be at least
18 years of age, and of sound mind.
“With these qualifications being satisfied, the application is considered and goes to the Minister of National Security for his consideration. When he agrees, the register is effected with the person’s name, and they are informed that they are no longer considered a Jamaican as at the date indicated,” the Director explained.
“So, one cannot merely make a statement written or oral, that they have renounced citizenship and we make it a point of duty to ensure that persons, who wish to give up citizenship, are not left stateless, so there must be an adopting country or the promise that upon the loss of Jamaican citizenship, such a person will be adopted by another country,” she explained.
Persons engaging in the renunciation of Jamaican citizenship are charged a fee of J$50,000; CAN$1,100; US$1,000; £625 or €700.
“If persons are considered by us to have given up Jamaican citizenship then they would no longer be entitled to bear a Jamaican passport. At the port of entry they would be treated as the citizen of the country whose passport they now bear; they would also be expected to obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Labour if they intend to work in Jamaica…they would be treated as a national of the country that they have adopted and all the other requirements to remain here legally would apply,” Mrs. Saunders-Hammond pointed out.
For further information regarding the renunciation of Jamaican citizenship as well as the application form, persons may visit the agency’s website at www.pica.gov.jm.
TCI Police Detective Holden Speaks Up on Blue Hills Rapes
#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – Following the announcement that several women had been robbed and assaulted in Blue Hills in the past weeks, Magnetic Media queried why the Police would wait until they had a man in custody to release an alert.
TCI’s newest addition to the top brass Detective Superintendent Dean Holden, Head of Crime, Safeguarding and Public Protection, told us that it initially appeared to be an isolated offence and not part of a series of incidents.
“The full circumstances needed to be investigated to ascertain the facts before a public alert could be considered. Misinformation in such a case would only cause unnecessary public concern and confusion and could adversely impact the investigation and the safeguarding of persons involved—” he said. “Even now there is no definitive information that these offences are linked, and investigators remain open-minded.”
Holden claimed an early alert with limited information could have hindered the investigation and they were trying to protect the women who may not have wanted to be identified based on where they lived.
As it turns out, the public concern was very much warranted, because there have been more violent sexual attacks, and more victims got hurt, forcing their hands.
“When further similar offences were committed, the overriding principle of sustained public protection was considered, hence the alert/release issued,” he said.
That alert was coupled with the news that a man had been arrested. Whether those further similar incidents could have been prevented if the public was informed earlier and taken extra precautions, is the underlying question. To date, we don’t know how many victims there are.
Police have increased patrols in the Blue Hills area and condemned the crimes as unacceptable. They have not indicated if anyone was charged for the offences yet.
Louise Garland Thomas High School are TCISS Inter-High Track & Field 2023 Champions
#TurksandCaicos, March 27, 2023 – After a festive three days of competition, the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 have concluded with the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School reigning as Champions. Featuring a great turnout, eleven schools from across the Turks and Caicos Islands met to compete at the National Stadium March 9-11, 2023.
The competition was stiff among athletes, who were all competing for top spots and by extension a spot-on Team TCI’s CARIFTA 2023 team. From high-spirited invitationals to entertainment by DJ Shakes, spectators enjoyed the best Nationals competition yet.
- 1st Place: A. Louise Garland Thomas High School
- 2nd Place: Clement Howell High School
- 3rd Place: Marjorie Basden High School
Twenty athletes have been selected for Turks and Caicos Islands National CARIFTA Team, some who would have competed in the TCISS Inter-High Track & Field Championships 2023 and some living abroad.
Here are the athletes:
- Roniesha Johnson U-17 Girls CHHS
- Branary Delancy U-17 Girls LGTHS
- Krysann Williams U-20 Girls LGTHS
- Anesha Varus U-20 Girls CHHS
- Lynn Antoine U-20 Girls Unattached
- Chyna Simmons U-20 Girls BWIC
- Rayvon Black U-17 Boys Denbigh/Jam
- Renaldo Registre U-17 Boys RGHS
- Jarmal Missick U-17 Boys HJRHS
- Melique Evans U-17 Boys CHHS
- Love Joseph U-17 Boys LGTHS
- Kaeson Garland U-17 Boys MBHS
- Shamar Garland U-17 Boys HJRHS
- Alieandio Durham U-20 Boys CHHS
- Bernard Hyde U-20 Boys CHHS
- Markey Zepherin U-20 Boys CHHS
- Rayvon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
- Anthon Walkin U-20 Boys KC/Jam
- Alidavidson Higgs U-20 Boys JC/Jam
- Darvioun Rigby U-20 Boys Keiser/USA
Soca Warriors crush Bahamas at home
By Rashaed Esson
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Warriors dominated the Bahamas at home, at the Thomas Robinson Stadium in Nassau, for the 2022/2023 Concacaf Nations League on Friday, with a 3-0 victory.
The Soca Warriors struck their first blow within the first 5 minutes of the game, with Kareem Moses making the first shot in the top left corner of the net giving T&T one to the Bahamas’ zero (1-0).
Soon after, in about 26 minutes, they made another shot giving them 2-0 away from home; the scorer Joevin Jones. By the 34th minute mark, the winning goal was made by Ryan Telfer, T&T now at three.
Neither team scored any additional goals as the match progressed despite attempts made by various players.
Trinidad’s win gives them 12 points through five matches. Next match for the Soca Warriors is against Nicaragua; that clash is set for Monday March 27 (at home in Tobago at the Dwight Yorke Stadium), in a tussle of winner-take-all on the final match day. The victor takes home a promotion to League A and a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup.
Angus Eve, T&T’s head coach expressed that the job is only half done, keeping aware that more challenges are coming their way, one of which is the nearing match against Nicaragua who is one point ahead of the Warriors.
Meanwhile, The Bahamas will journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with hopes of emerging victorious there.
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