It’s one of the bigger islands in the Caribbean and definitely also one of the most welcoming places. Tourism is a main industry on the island and it’s in the top five tourist destinations in the world, probably because no one knows hospitality like Jamaicans do. Staying on and calling Jamaica, and its fifty public beaches, your new home is a temptation hard to resist. 

Unemployment rates are dropping and economic growth has increased a lot since 2013. Health care is available in large cities and free, but all areas usually have a small emergency centre. The government has also recently taken big steps to improve the quality of education on the island and because the official language is English, getting around, doing business and meeting people is easy. 

Jamaica has a strong local culture and important aspects of it are family, trust and of course the world famous laid back attitude towards life in general. Churches can be found everywhere on the island and religion plays an important part in daily life. Business culture is also conservative compared to other countries and many companies require employees to wear a uniform.

Jamaica Residency

A work permit application has to be submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security by anyone who wants to work and live in Jamaica. Immigrants cannot apply for the permit; the future employer or contractor must do this. A cover letter explaining the reason for employment, nature and duration of the work has to be submitted with the application as well as a police record, resume and proof of qualifications. 

A one-year work permit costs $108, on top of a $110 processing fee. The process of application will take about four to six weeks. 

Here are some of the ways to live in Jamaica:

  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident , you are eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship . Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.





GDP Per Capita
$5,472  (Rank: 88)
Disposable Income
$1,080  (Rank: 66)
Life Expectancy
76.20  (Rank: 50)
Education Index
67.00%  (Rank: 78)
Corruption Index
39%  (Rank: 83)
Murders Per Year
1,430  (Rank: 155)
Crime Index
67.48  (Rank: 113)
Environmental Protection
58.26%  (Rank: 55)
Gender Equality
72.40%  (Rank: 42)
Annual Tourists
2,080,000  (Rank: 79)

Government

Constitutional parliamentary democracy and a commonwealth realm

Languages

English (official), English patois

Population

2,813,285

Population Density

260 per square km

Jamaica Citizenship

Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Jamaica:

  • If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen. 
  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident , you are eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship . Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.



Quality of Life

Rank: None

Cost of Living

Rank: 40

Safety

Rank: 113

Average Temp.


24.95°C

Rank: 62
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