Stringent Vetting Process for Jamaican Citizenship – PICA

first_imgStory Highlights The PICA CEO was responding to questions regarding the process after a ceremony held at the Police Officers’ Club, St. Andrew, on August 9 to grant Jamaican citizenship to 32 persons. “In Jamaica…it’s not a free for all. You have to bring in your police records, we check with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and other international agencies. On the local scene, we carry out internal investigations to satisfy ourselves that persons are fit and proper to be granted citizenship of this country,” he pointed out. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Andrew Wynter, says persons who apply for Jamaican citizenship have to undergo a stringent vetting process. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Andrew Wynter, says persons who apply for Jamaican citizenship have to undergo a stringent vetting process.“In Jamaica…it’s not a free for all. You have to bring in your police records, we check with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and other international agencies. On the local scene, we carry out internal investigations to satisfy ourselves that persons are fit and proper to be granted citizenship of this country,” he pointed out.The PICA CEO was responding to questions regarding the process after a ceremony held at the Police Officers’ Club, St. Andrew, on August 9 to grant Jamaican citizenship to 32 persons.The men and women hail from countries such as Syria, Nigeria, India, Sri Lanka, Cuba, the United Kingdom, Suriname, Canada and Myanmar.Mr. Wynter indicated that the length of time taken to become a Jamaican citizen depends on the category of applicant.“If you are applying by registration or naturalisation or marriage, it can take some time. It will take up to a maximum of two years providing that we have all the information and depending on the findings of the investigations,” he explained.“The shortest is the Jamaican by descent. The Constitution provides that any descendant of Jamaicans is entitled to citizenship,” he continued.Citizenship by descent, as the name implies, means that the applicant must be the descendant of a Jamaican, no matter how many generations removed.PICA has indicated that foreigners of Jamaican descent constitute one of the largest categories of applicants for citizenship.An agency of the Ministry of National Security, PICA is responsible for the processing of applications for citizenship as well as for the renunciation and reinstatement of citizenship.last_img read more

Mythological dance recital

first_imgRam Navami is celebrated in North India with great fervour and to mark the occasion, Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan and Sangeet Natak Akademi is going to organise a dance and music programme titled-’Shri Ram-Panchwati Varnan – Ram Van Gaman’ on Friday in the national Capital.Dr Mahesh Sharma, minister of State for Tourism & culture will be inaugurating the event where dance maestro and Padamshri Uma Sharma will perform Nritya-Bhinaya (Kathak) on this auspicious occasion. The cultural programme will provide a delightful experience to all dance and music lovers.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This event is based on the Tulsidas Chaupai and it will be presented by Uma Sharma with her disciples. Vocal support and music direction will be provided by Pt. Jwala Prasad. The performance will show the flawless presentation from the ancient text, chapter Ram Van Gaman and will unfold the deep emotion and love of Sita towards her better half. It will also show how for an Indian woman, the company of her husband is more important rather than the comfort of a palace. Panchvati Varnan is also narration of Surpanakha’s jealousy towards Sita’s beauty and how her rage to take revenge led to abduction of Sita. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUma Sharma has worked majorly in preserving the ancient Indian art dance form with her passion and extensive research on our age-old dance form and brought out the transition of former style of Kathak to modern. She has travelled around the world narrating the timeless stories of Indian mythology and attended various workshops. To keep the culture long lived, she is mentoring budding stars who share the same interest and preserve the art.When: April 15Where: Meghdoot Theatre, Sangeet Natak AkademiTiming: 6:30 pmlast_img read more