ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1 Short title
3 Registration of certain persons as citizens
5 Effect of registration as a citizen
5A Offences in respect of which registration may be denied under section 7 of the Constitution
6 Naturalisation of aliens and British protected persons
7 Renunciation of citizenship by reason of dual citizenship or nationality
8 Deprivation of citizenship
9 Deprivation of citizenship of Jamaica where persons deprived of citizenship elsewhere
9A Reinstatement of citizenship on application
10 Certificate of citizenship in cases of doubt
11 Minister's discretion not to be questioned and decisions to be final
15 Application of section 9 of the Constitution
THE JAMAICAN NATIONALITY ACT
[Date of Commencement: 6th August, 1962]
8 of 1962,
39 of 1965,
1 of 1979,
5 of 1993
19 of 1999.
This Act may be cited as the Jamaican Nationality Art.
(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-
"alien" means a person who is not a Commonwealth citizen, a British protected person or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland;
"British protected person" means a person who is a British protected person for the purposes of the British Nationality Act, 1948 of the United Kingdom;
"child" includes an illegitimate child;
"the Commonwealth" means Jamaica, any country mentioned in the First Schedule and any dependency of any such country;
"the Constitution" means the Constitution of Jamaica;
"foreign country" means a country (other than the Republic of Ireland) that is not part of the Commonwealth;
"Jamaican consulate" means the office of a consular officer of the Government of Jamaica where a register of births is kept, or where there is no such office, such office as may be prescribed;
"minor" means a person who has not attained the age of eighteen years.
[1/1979 1st Sch.]
(2) For the purposes of this Act, a person born aboard a registered ship or aircraft, or aboard an unregistered ship or aircraft of the government of any country, shall be deemed to have been born in the place in which the ship or aircraft was registered or, as the case may be, in that country.
(3) A person shall for the purposes of this Act be of full age if he has attained the age of eighteen years and of full capacity if he is not of unsound mind.
[1/1979 1st Sch.]
(4) For the purposes of this Act, a person shall be deemed not to have attained a given age until the commencement of the relevant anniversary of the day of his birth.
A citizen of any country mentioned in the First Schedule, or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, being a person of full age and capacity may, on making application therefor to the Minister in the prescribed manner, be registered at the discretion of the Minister as a citizen of Jamaica if he satisfies the Minister that he has been-
(a) ordinarily resident in Jamaica; or
(b) in Crown service under the Government of Jamaica; or
(c) partly the one and partly the other, throughout the period of five years ending with the date of his application, or such shorter period so ending as the Minister may in the special circumstances of any particular case accept.
(1) The Minister may at his discretion cause the minor child of any citizen of Jamaica to be registered as a citizen of Jamaica upon application made in the prescribed manner by a parent or guardian of the child.
(2) The Minister may, in such special circumstances as he thinks fit, cause any minor to be registered as a citizen of Jamaica.
(3) Where under any enactment in force in Jamaica relating to the adoption of children an adoption order is made in respect of a minor not a citizen of Jamaica then if the adopter or in the case of a joint adoption, either of the adopters, is a citizen of Jamaica the minor shall become a citizen of Jamaica as from the date of the order.
[5/1993 s 2.]
A person registered under section 3 or 4 shall be a citizen of Jamaica by registration as from the date on which he is registered.
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