Tuesday, October 28, 2014

By Elaine Hartman Reckord 

Director 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.

Mr. Wilks was speaking in an interview with JIS 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.

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