Andrew Wynter, Chief Executive Officer of PICA
More people are applying to become Jamaican citizens when compared to previous years.
The revelation was made by Andrew Wynter, Chief Executive Officer of the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).
He was speaking to journalists on Thursday following the swearing in of 32 new citizens to the country.
Mr. Wynter gave the assurance that rigorous background checks are done before persons are granted Jamaican citizenship.
"We follow a very stringent process and you have to bring in your police records, we check with INTERPOL and international agencies. On the local scene, we actually carry out internal investigation to satisfy ourself that you are a fit and proper person to be granted citizenship of this country. It's not a free for all," he declared.