Eligibility And Basic Provisions For
Returning Resident Status
Compiled from various books and experience
by Bill Evans
In order to be considered
a Returning Resident under the laws of Jamaica, and benefit from
the concessions relating to personal and household effects and/or
tools of trade, you must satisfy the following conditions:
- Be a Jamaican national who is eighteen (18)
- Have been resident overseas for not less than
three consecutive years;
- Be returning to Jamaica to reside permanently.
Three special cases have
- Non-Jamaican male spouses of women who qualify
as Returning Residents will be afforded the same concessions as
their wives. This provision had previously applied only to non-Jamaican
female spouses of Returning Residents.
- Students who are eighteen (18) years old and
who have studied abroad for more than one (1), but less than three
(3) years will qualify for concessions with respect to tools of
trade and personal and household effects.
- Jamaicans who gave up their citizenship (and
can provide proof of that previous status) who wish to return
home will be granted the status of a Returning Resident, with
the attendant benefits.
Your eligibility for concessions
as a Returning Resident is formally established by the Department
of Customs and Excise. This must be done after your arrival in Jamaica,
and before you begin the process of clearing your personal and household
effects and/or tools of trade.
Source Jamaican Embassy
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