How to Apply for Naturalization In Jamaica

Apply for Naturalization In Jamaica By Yourself

  1. To apply for citizenship through naturalization, go to for the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) If you live located in Jamaica. The PICA maps of locations and contacts by clicking the following link: Link
  2. Get the application form N1 in person at PICA headquarters or other office locations. Jamaica Printing Services located at 77 Duke Street or you can download the form on the PICA’s webpage: Link (Naturalization of Alien or British Protected Application Formula Naturalization of Alien or British Protected Application Form) or directly by clicking this hyperlink: Link
  3. Fill out the form thoroughly, then make it official in the presence of an Justice of the Peace official or a Notary Public, or someone who is authorized to administer oaths. Then, the application must be supported by four referees. Note: The references must have to be Jamaican by birth and must not be relatives of civil servants attorneys or agents or representatives of applicants.
  4. Do you intend to submit your application for naturalization be announced in a newspaper that is daily as in the directions given at the bottom on the form to apply. Be aware that this notice must be released two times that are at least one week apart. It should be submitted when you submit your application.
  5. After that, you must submit your application, a newspaper notice, and all of the documents supporting the application in the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) Corporate office 8, Waterloo Road, Kingston 10.
  6. When you have submitted your application, you must pay the non-refundable charge for processing of JMD$50.000 in cash at the counter, and get the receipt for payment. Pay attention that payments will not be accepted except in Jamaican dollars.
  7. The process for your application will take within 24 months, after which the Certificate of Naturalization will be issued.
  8. After approval, you will be required to have your certificate certified by the Stamp Office at an additional cost of $JMD1000.00.
  9. Then after, then, the Oath of Allegiance will be taken and you will be swearing in as an American citizens of Jamaica.

Required Documents For Apply for Naturalization

  • Complete the application form
  • Newspaper notice
  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport with which applicant first was admitted to Jamaica
  • The Marriage Certificate is valid if it’s applicable.
  • Current Passport (if different)
  • The Work Permit Card or work Permit Exemption Certificate
  • The evidence of community activities that you could participate in e.g. Service Club, etc.
  • Two passport-sized images that have been that have been certified by an official of the Justice of the Peace (The applicant’s name, along with the number, name and signature of the officer certifying the applicant and the date of the certification not later than 6 months must be included). No embossed seal.
  • Tax Compliance Certificate (personal and business). If spouse or applicant owns an enterprise that is a wholesale, a tax file is necessary.
  • Checking income (e.g. Pay slips with the last 3 months or financial statements of the company Pension statement or employment letter. These documents should not be older than six months).
  • Recently released bank statement (Should not be more that 6 months).

Office Locations and Contacts

PICA’S HEAD Office25C Constant Spring Road ,Kingston 10
Telephone: 754 PICA . 754 7422
Fax: 906-4372
Website: Link

8. Waterloo Road, Kingston 10
Telephone: 754 PICA . 754 7422
Fax: 968-1121
Map of the PICA office location and PICA branches Link


  • Alien people who are more than 18 years old and have been in Jamaica for more than five years or more and are in good standing.


  • Processing fee that is non-refundable: JMD$50.000

Documents to Utilize

  • Application form N1: Link

Processing Time

  • Twenty-four months


Two passport-sized photos should be taken as per PICA’s guidelines:

  • Photographs must be taken in the color mode with a matte or dull look, and against a simple background
  • People with light complexions should be careful not to wear white clothing and should take photographs on a pastel-colored background
  • Candidates with dark complexions must wear dark-colored clothing and pictures should be taken on white backgrounds.
  • Candidates with white or grey hair should have their picture photographed against a light white or blue background
  • There can be no another person or object in the photo.
  • There should not be shadows in the background.
  • A fully frontal pose is necessary.
  • There shouldn’t be any creases or ink marks left on the photograph
  • The chest and shoulders should be kept away from
  • Colorful clothing is not recommended.
  • Eyeglasses should not be equipped with tinted lenses.
  • Frames with heavy (thick) frames must be avoided
  • It is not permitted to wear headgear except for religious reasons. Face features like the contour of the face from lower part of the chin up to high of the forehead have to be clearly displayed
  • Images submitted in the application are the belonging that belongs to Government of Jamaica. Government of Jamaica
  • No embossed sea

Requirements Information

  • Names
  • County, Date and Place of birth
  • Address
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Marital details
  • Residence details
  • Referees
  • Signatures and dates

Documentation is needed

  • A certificate of naturalization confirms that you are a Jamaican citizen, naturalized

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