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  2. Global HR Compliance
  3. Global PEO and Payroll
  4. Work permit for hiring expats via PEO
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Using A PEO Service With Immigration Support With Expat Hiring In Jamaica

Looking to hire expatriate personnel for international assignments in Jamaica? This is a loaded process to go through, including finding ways to:

  • Stay compliant with Jamaican immigration laws
  • Have all the necessary documents for work permit sponsorship
  • Effectively manage employment and payroll when your team has their visas

Compounding the issue is that a lot of expat workers generally go into Jamaica to handle shorter projects. So it doesn’t make much sense to set up your own subsidiary to arrange local payroll for your employees. Instead, you may want to take a look at a simpler solution.

For those that want to hire and pay expats in Jamaica, that means enlisting a global PEO that includes work permit support. This saves your company the headache of trying to incorporate in a new country. Your new PEO partner will provide all the guidance you need to handle Jamaican immigration procedures to get your team their visas/permits. After that, they can also help with onboarding and payroll for your expat team.

Acumen International has provided this service for our clients’ expatriate personnel in Jamaica, both for short- and long-term projects. We offer a compliant and fast way to get your team on the ground and working. No matter your timeline or business goals, Acumen International offers end-to-end work permit support and ensures full compliance with local labor legislation in Jamaica and over 190 other countries.

Curious as to the best matches for Acumen’s work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution? These include:

  • Employer companies that plan to relocate, hire, and utilize expat workers in Jamaica.
  • Seasoned professionals that have already found an employer to finance their immigration and foreign employment, but just need to simplify the process.
  • Businesses planning to hire highly-skilled expats and send them to fill top positions in Jamaica.

A side note, you may not realize that by partnering with a single provider to handle both expat employment and work permit sponsorship, it’s a lot less likely your visas will be rejected. Our global immigration support will also save you time from trying to understand and navigate the different international rules and regulations.

Compared to other global PEO services, Acumen provides added benefits outside of a work permit if you have personnel on international assignments in Jamaica. These include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Office rent
  • Dependant relocation
  • Housing
  • Mobile phone/car provision for meetings

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals looking to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Jamaica takes from 1 to 2 weeks until entry to Jamaica, and a further 4 to 6 months before the whole process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Jamaica

  1. Entry to Jamaica
  2. Work Permit Application
  3. Registration with the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA)

Documents for work permit in Jamaica, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Passport valid for six months minimum With at least 2 blank, adjoining visa pages One original
Evidence of Qualifications Proof of academic or professional qualifications or letters of accreditation. A Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public must certify the copies. Two clear, notarized and translated copies
Evidence of Experience Letter of recommendation or written reference from applicant’s previous employer or evidence of applicant’s previous business/commercial/professional activity. Two clear, notarized and translated copies
CV/Resume Curriculum vitae outlining the applicant’s professional and business experience. Two clear copies
Police Clearance Certificate Police clearance is required from an official government entity in the country of residence. Must have been issued within 12 months immediately preceding the work permit application. One clear copy; one original
Two Passport Photographs (Jamaica) Photographs should be professionally produced, taken not more than six months prior to the application and meet the following specifications: -they should be taken in color with a flat finish against a plain background; -they 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 image; -size of face should be 25mm to 35mm, from chin to top of head; -applicant should not wear any had covering except where required for religious reasons; -they should be enclosed in an envelope and should not be stapled; and -they should be certified by a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace. One notarized copy
3 Passport Photographs One notarized original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Jamaica without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Jamaica.

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