Monday 26 October, 2020

PHOTOS: New Jamaican citizens sworn in

Shwe Thinza Aung (Myanmar) accepts her citizenship certificate from PICA CEO, Andrew Wynter, at a ceremony hosted by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew.

Shwe Thinza Aung (Myanmar) accepts her citizenship certificate from PICA CEO, Andrew Wynter, at a ceremony hosted by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew.

Five women and four men took the oath of allegiance last month as newly sworn in Citizens of Jamaica at a ceremony hosted by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew.

The nine candidates were granted citizenship through naturalisation having satisfied the residential requirements and with no adverse feedback from the public when their intention to apply for citizenship was published. The group ranged in ages from 22 to 70 years and included three Haitians, two Myanmarese, two Cubans, one Chinese and one US citizen.

“I have been blessed to travel the world and every time someone asks me where I live and I tell them Jamaica, they say how fortunate I am to live and work here. I come from the State of Indiana in the United States of America where my 92-year old mother still lives and I am excited to tell her I am now a citizen of this amazing country," said Mark Haskins, one of the newly sworn in citizens.

PICA Citizenship Swearing In

Foreign nationals are officially granted citizenship by the Minister of National Security and are presented with a signed Citizenship document swearing in ceremony. They also take an oath of allegiance.

Also in attendance was the PICA CEO, Andrew Wynter who spoke of the immense privilege that comes with assisting foreign nationals to become Jamaican citizens. He said: “We are proud to have the privilege to assist you in making this a reality; a responsibility we do not take lightly. Being a Jamaican citizen will afford you many benefits including being able to participate in the electoral process and access Government social programmes to name a few.”

He also encouraged them to keep safe and follow all Government guidelines as it relates to COVID-19.

“While our nation deals with the challenges of fighting a pandemic, we encourage all of you to continue to play your part in helping to stop the spread of this virus. Continue to observe the guidelines of the Government of Jamaica and the Ministry of Health and Wellness and implement the necessary sanitation routines and best practices to ensure that you protect yourself and your loved ones,” he said.

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