Ambassador Marks made her revelations yesterday afternoon at a two-and-a-half-hour online meeting organized by the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, which saw over three hundred Jamaicans from around the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean attending on the online meeting.
The meeting was organized by the Ambassador who wanted to reach out to seasonal workers, cruise ship workers, students and other Jamaicans with Temporary Status in the US who are awaiting to return home.
The meeting was attended by Jamaica’s Counsel General to New York, Mrs Alsion Wilson; Counsel General to Miami, Oliver Mair and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Jamaica, Mrs Andrea Dubidad-Dixon
Ambassador Marks informed the Jamaicans that there are ongoing discussions between the Embassy of Jamaica and The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USIS) for waivers to be granted to Jamaicans whose Visas have expired as a result of the Covid-19 situation.
The Jamaican ambassador said critical to the discussion was a request for a waiver of the visa renewal fee in the amount of U$450.00 which many persons may not able to pay at this time due to the circumstances.
She said plans to announce a gradual return to the island on a phased basis have been stymied due to an unexpected increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Jamaica. “But please be assured that we will be working with the authorities both here and in Jamaica to get you home as soon as we possibly can,” Ambassador Marks said.
“The Government and the Embassy are working as hard as possible to ensure that you make it home, we understand your circumstances and eagerness to return home,” she emphasized.
The Ambassador emphasized that those who have urgent needs should immediately call so that they can be assisted.
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