Ambassador Marks invites Jamaicans to log on for answers to questions about U.S. visas and Jamaican passports

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WASHINGTON DC – On Thursday, October 27, 2022, Let’s Connect with Ambassador Marks will discuss U.S. work, study, and vacation visas and Jamaican passport issues at 7:00 p.m. EDT / 6:00 p.m. EST.

Chief of the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit at the Consular Section of the United States Embassy in Kingston, Mr. Jeff M. Osweiler

Invited panelists

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, said the upcoming virtual public meeting will be hybrid and feature in-person guests. This includes the Chief of the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit of the Consular Section of the United States Embassy in Kingston. Plus, Mr. Jeff M. Osweiler, as well as the Director General of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Mr. Andrew Wynter.

Visa and passport applications

Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks. (Photo Derrick Scott)

She pointed out that the issue of visas and passports was among the most frequent requests received at missions over the past year. “We have received overwhelming inquiries from Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora regarding students attending colleges and universities in the United States. Also, people from Jamaica who need medical care in the United States. Plus, temporary work abroad programs. As well as the long delay in applying for visitor visas and other services at the US Embassy in Jamaica.

Passport processing

Ambassador Marks said the Jamaican embassy and consular network in the United States has worked diligently to increase the quality of customer service and efficiency in processing passport and citizenship applications.

Director General of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) Mr. Andrew Wynter
Director General of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) Mr. Andrew Wynter

As part of this goal, Mr. Wynter and a team from PICA will spend the week of October 24e at 30e in Washington, DC. The team will perform several activities at the Embassy to achieve this goal.

On Let’s Connect, Mr. Wynter is expected to address questions and concerns from members of the Diaspora regarding the treatment of passport applications and other services offered by PICA.

She noted that prominent Jamaican immigration lawyer in Washington DC, Ms. Simone Williams, will be on hand to help the public clarify questions about the different types of work visas.

Ambassador Marks has also long wanted to educate Jamaicans back home about the visa opportunities currently available to facilitate working in the United States. She shared, “We believe that Jamaicans who take advantage of these opportunities would help bring down the unemployment rate, especially among recent college graduates.”

“Let’s Connect with Ambassador Marks” allows Jamaicans at home and abroad to communicate directly with the Ambassador on current bilateral issues between Jamaica and the United States and to stay informed about Jamaican government policies and programs, as well as than embassy activities.

The Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, is usually accompanied by various distinguished guests, including ministers, US government officials, key players from various local and international organizations, and prominent members of the Jamaican diaspora.

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