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Documents to be submitted with Applications

NB. Applications for a Work Permit or a Work Permit Exemption in excess of thirty (30) days should be submitted along with the following supporting documents:

Employed Applicants

  1. A cover letter addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, 1F North Street. Kingston
    1. The cover letter should be written by the local employer and should set out clearly the reasons for making the application.
    2. The cover letter should also state the efforts made to recruit a Jamaican national to undertake the work contemplated and the expected duration of the work to be undertaken by the applicant.

Self-Employed Applicants

Self-employed applicants should submit a cover letter outlining the nature and duration of the work to be undertaken. Details of investment proposal(s) should also be stated (Documentary proof of proposed investment(s) should be submitted).

  1. Proof of Qualification
    1. Certified copies of proof of academic or professional qualifications or letters of accreditation.
    2. A letter of recommendation or written reference from the previous employer of the applicant or evidence of the business/commercial/professional activity of the applicant abroad.
  2. In cases where any of the above named documents are prepared in a language other than English, a certified English translation of the relevant document should be supplied.
  3. <>A Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public with a valid Commission should certify the documents. Authorised members of staff of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security may certify copies of the documents upon presentation of the original documents.
  • A resume’ outlining the professional or business experience of the applicant.
  • A police record
    1. For new applications:
      The record should be issued by the appropriate Security Authority in the country of the domicile of the applicant.
    2. For renewals:
      The record should be issued by the relevant section of the Ministry of National Security Jamaica.
      NB. Please note that the police record submitted should bear a date of investigation not greater than one year prior to the date of submission to this Ministry.
  • Proof of Business Registration
    1. Certified copy of Business Registration Certificate for unincorporated enterprises.
    2. Certified copy of Certificate of Incorporation and the Memorandum of Association for duly registered companies. Articles of Association are not needed.
  • Where an applicant is self-employed or where an enterprise is in operation for at least a year, or the applicant is applying for renewal of a Work Permit, a Tax Compliance Certificate should be submitted.
  • Certified copies of pages from the passport of the applicant showing, (a) proof of identity, (b) passport number, (c) date of issue and expiry, (d) landing status in Jamaica and (e) relevant visas (where applicable).
  • Two (2) photographs in the case of a Work Permit and one (1) in the case of a Work Permit Exemption.(See Instruction Below)
  • The attached Tax Payer Registration Number (TRN) fonn, completed and signed by the applicant.
    1. NB. Applications for Renewal of a Work Permit or a Work Permit Exemption in excess of thirty (30)days should be accompanied by (a) certified copies of current -updated documents where these documents have expired since the last application (b) copies of salary statement of the last three (3) months salary (c) cover letter as outlined in instruction (i) above.


      Photographs submitted with an application become the property of the Government of Jamaica.

      Photographs should be professionally produced and taken not more than six (6) months prior to application, with the following specifications:

      • It should be taken in colour with a flat finish against a plain background.
      • It should provide a full frontal view of the head, neck and the top of the shoulders with ears clearly visible.
      • There should be no reflection from eyeglasses or background shadows that may obscure the image.
      • The size of the face should be 25mm to 35mm, from the chin to tile top of1he head.
      • The applicant should not wear any head covering while taking the photograph except where required for religious reasons.
      • Should be enclosed in an envelope and should not be stapled
      • Should be certified by a Notary Public or a Justice of the Peace.


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