HOW TO APPLY FOR A UK VISA IN JAMAICA
Where can I get information?
UK Visas and Immigration's (UKVI) new visa application centre is being operated by VFS Global's regional partner, the International Organization for Migration (IOM). You can find out how to apply through the VFS Global Jamaica website: www.vfsglobal.co.uk/Jamaica/. The IOM is located on the 10th floor of The Towers, 25 Dominica Drive, New Kingston.
How do I apply?
The British High Commission in Kingston recommends you make an appointment on-line through the website to submit your visa application at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Kingston. Travel agents may assist you in making an appointment.
Who decides whether I can get a Visa?
The decision to issue or refuse a visa is made solely by officers of the Home Office - UK Visas and Immigration, in accordance with the UK's immigration visa rules and guidelines. The UK VAC has no role or influence over the outcome of an application and will not offer any evaluative advice.
Jamaican citizens require a visa for every entry to the United Kingdom (UK). If an applicant fulfils the Transit Without Visa (TWOV) criteria they may choose to travel without a visa when transiting the UK. However, there is no guarantee that they will be granted entry upon arrival in the UK and so it is recommended that they obtain the appropriate visa before travelling.
The majority of applications are now only considered on paper based on the documents provided by the applicant and the customer will not be interviewed. The British High Commission realises that customers' circumstances are different. Because of this, customers must submit as much evidence as they can of their personal circumstances. This includes employment, studies, financial circumstances, any assets, details of travel outside Jamaica, details of family members in Jamaica and overseas. If someone else is paying for the trip, or sponsoring the customer in another way, there should be evidence relating to that person too. The absence of important documentary evidence of previous travel by means of a previous passport (if applicable) and comprehensive supporting documents, may result in the application not being successful. For additional information about the documents you will need for your application, please visit the Worldbridge website. You should not make you application or appointment until you have all your documents together.
REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION AT THE VISA APPLICATION CENTRE (VAC)
(Anyone without a completed application form will not be admitted)
- an appointment;
- correct fee
- method of payment (cash (Jamaican Dollars) or bank draft payable to British High Commission)
- fully completed and signed application form
- a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining and enough space to insert a visa and any previous passport
- two recent colour passport sized photographs;
- original copies of the supporting documents relevant to your visa type. If you do not provide the full documentation, your application may be refused. You must provide copies of those documents that you wish to be returned. Photocopying facilities are available at the VAC.
All visa applicants must apply in person at the Visa Application Centre In Kingston to have fingerscans and a digital photograph taken. The VAC will not accept application and supporting documents sent by mail or courier.
Visa Application Centre Information
10th Floor, The Towers, 10 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5
As changes often occur with procedures and policies, it is important to always check the website for up-to-date information on applying for a UK visa.