Monday, June 20, 2011

Passport Renewal

A Jamaican attorney-at-law who has been in practice in Jamaica for more than 53 years, during which time he has held several Jamaican passports, has been refused renewal of his Jamaican passport, which expired in October 2010.
The attorney, who was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1927 of Jamaican parents, who brought him to Jamaica as an infant, where he has lived all his life, married to a Jamaican citizen for more than 52 years, was told that he has to produce his father's birth certificate in order to qualify for renewal of his Jamaican passport.
His father's birth certificate dates back to the 1870s and cannot be located in the archives of the Registrar General's Department. The end effect is that the attorney, who is entitled to Jamaican citizenship, effectively is barred from travelling and cannot visit his family, who are established in the United States of America, or to go to any other country for business or pleasure.
Isn't this reminiscent of the cat chasing its tail!

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