MIAMI – Effective January 1, 2007 there will be several changes in office procedures at the Consulate General of Jamaica Miami office.
The lobby will now open to the public from 9 a.m. through 12 noon, Mondays to Fridays. Normal office operations continue through 5 p.m. daily.
The new fee schedule will be as follows:- passport renewals $105 for adults and $75 for children under the age of 18 years, while the cost of replacing passports is $185 for adults and $125 for children.
The general fees include mandatory mailing cost for all processed passports. Persons are being advised that all processed passports will now be mailed to the applicants.
Processing time for all applications remains the same – six weeks for window applications and eight weeks for those mailed to the Consulate.
As of January 5, 2007, the Consulate General of Jamaica will no longer issue temporary emergency certificates (EC), as these will no longer be accepted by the United States Department of Homeland Security from persons entering the USA.
This new ruling by Homeland Security coincides with the new immigration law, known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which goes into effect January 23, 2007 which requires all US citizens and residents traveling abroad must be in possession of a valid passport.
Jamaica’s Consul General, Ricardo Allicock is urging all Jamaicans, Americans and other nationals wishing to travel abroad to have a valid passport prior to departing the USA.
The office of the Consulate is located in downtown Miami at the Ingraham Building, 25 Southeast Second Avenue, Suite 842 and can be reached at 305-374-8431.