FREE MOVEMENT OF SKILLS CERTIFICATE NEEDED TO WORK IN REGION
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
ByElaine Hartman Reckord
of Diaspora Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign
Trade, Lloyd Wilks is reminding persons seeking employment in another CARICOM
member state that they must obtain a Free Movement of Skills certificate.
He reiterated that there are some 10
categories of workers who are entitled to move and work freely in the Caribbean
community. Persons who are not in any of these categories of skilled persons
will require work permit approvals in the respective CARICOM territories, in advance
of travel, he said.
Wilks was speaking in an interview withJIS News. “So you have an entry requirement which
must be satisfied and which is to some extent tied to the work permit or the
work certificate. When somebody breaches those arrangements, then they have
breached immigration guidelines, immigration rules and are subject to
immigration control. That control often means the persons is retained because
they have no right of entry into the particular state,” he explained.
He reminded that persons travelling to
CARICOM countries for business, study, tourism or personal affairs must
possess: a passport with at least six months validity; return airline ticket as
appropriate to the purpose of the visit; an adequate amount of money to meet
living expenses during the visit; information (name, complete address and
contact details) for their accommodation, whether hotel or private residence;
the name and full details of their host or sponsor: where possible,
documentation confirming the purpose of the visit and; the name and telephone
number, preferably the mobile number, of anyone meeting them at the airport.
The Consular Affairs officer said that when
Jamaicans arrive at a port of entry anywhere in the world, they are subjected
to the country’s immigration rules and certain international convention.
“When people travel, they automatically
surrender themselves to the laws of the land to which they are travelling to
and so those laws will prevail and that judiciary system will prevail.
Similarly, they are also surrendering themselves to the protection of the state
to which they are travelling,” Mr. Wilks said.