The employment of non-Jamaicans in
Jamaica is governed by the Foreign Nationals and Commonwealth Citizens
(Employment) Act, 1964, which seeks to ensure that qualified Jamaicans are
given first consideration in employment opportunities. At the same time, it is
recognized that the expertise needed for economic development is not always
available because of a shortage in the supply of certain special skills.
seeking employment in Jamaica are required to make an application to the
Ministry of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security through their prospective
employer, contractor (individuals), the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO
- Investors) or through legal representation.. The permits are issued
at the discretion of the Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security.
work permit applications are to be submitted directly to:
of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security
Street, Kingston, Jamaica W.I.
876 922 9500-12
See additional information for Work Permits, including exemptions.
For Jamaican Passport Holders
Caribbean Single Market Economy (Free
Movement of Skilled Persons)
Jamaica passed legislation
including the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons Act) which
provides for the movement of skills in ten (10) categories. As a result, there
will is no need for CARICOM nationals to apply for work permits in these
specified areas. Outside of these, work permits are required. The ten
1. Graduates of all
recognized Universities of the World
5. Media Workers
8. Artisans with Caribbean
Vocational Qualifications ( such as those issued by Heart Trust/NTA)
9. Holders of Associate
Degrees of comparable qualifications
10. Domestic Workers with a
Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ)
falling within the categories above may apply for Skills Certificates at the Ministry of Agriculture, Labour
and Social Security.