Effective April 22, 2014, the Immigration Section of the High Commission of Canada to Jamaica will be open to clients by appointment only. In order to be granted entry, you must have a written invitation from the High Commission and arrive at the specific date and time indicated.
Applicants may submit applications (in-person or by courier) through the visa application centres (VACs) in Kingston and Montego Bay or through the eApp / ePay process (on line). If the application requires that you submit biometrics, you should visit the VAC in person well in advance of your intended travel date.
The Immigration Section of the High Commission of Canada appreciates your understanding as measures to modernize and streamline service delivery are implemented.
As of September 4, 2013, Jamaican citizens between the ages of 14 and 79 must give their biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when submitting an application for a visitor visa, study permit or work permit. This new requirement affects citizens from 29 countries and one territory.
You can give your biometrics at the visa application centres (VACs) in Kingston and Montego Bay.
|Application Type||Online||Through the VAC|
|Temporary Resident Visa (Visitor)||Yes||Yes|
|Permanent Resident Travel Document (PRTD)||No||Yes|
*When you apply online, if you need to give your biometrics, you will have to go in person to a VAC to have your biometrics taken.
All applications to sponsor a family class member must be submitted to the Case Processing Centre in Canada. For more information on how to submit your application and the forms of payment, refer to Sponsoring Your Family.
All applicants in the economic classes must submit their initial application to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in Canada. For more information on how to submit your application, please refer to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website.
Please use pre-paid return envelopes of these companies only:
Note: Visitors should also be aware that information offered by non-Government of Canada sites to which the Embassy of Canada in Jamaica links is not subject to the Privacy Act and the Official Languages Act and may be available only in the language(s) used by the sites in question and visitors should research the privacy policies of the sites before providing personal information.