Thursday 28 May, 2020

Daryl Vaz' US visa revoked; Gov't minister says he will appeal

Daryl Vaz

Daryl Vaz

The United States visa of Daryl Vaz, the Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Office of the Prime Minister, has been cancelled.

Vaz confirmed the revocation Friday morning while speaking on Nationwide Radio.

The Minister said he was notified of the cancellation in the past week, adding: “As usual I am 100 per cent up front whether it’s good news or bad news”.

Vaz indicated that he is now actively trying to ascertain the reason/s his visa was revoked.

“As long as I see that I may be ineligible I need to get the clarification and that is what I am pursuing,” said Vaz.

He stated that if he is unsuccessful in having his visa restored, he will resign from the Cabinet as he would not be able to carry out his ministerial functions.

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He has also shared correspondence from the US Embassy which informed him that: “Subsequent to the visa issuance, information has come to light that you may be ineligible for a visa. If you would like to travel to the United States, you must re-apply.”

Vaz famously renounced his United States citizenship in 2008 after his election to the House of Representatives in 2007 was deemed ineligible by virtue of his dual citizenship.

The latest development marks the second time in eight years that a Minister in the Jamaica Labour Party Government has had his US visa cancelled.

In May, 2011, then Energy Minister, James Robertson, admitted that his visa and that of his wife Charlene were revoked.

As usual, the US Embassy does not comment on individual cases so no reasons have been given for the revocation in any of the cases.

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