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British High Commission urges Jamaicans to check travel documents carefully before leaving UK

Published:Friday | July 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The British High Commission in St Andrew is urging Jamaicans living in the United Kingdom to check their travel documents carefully before leaving the country to ensure that they are able to return.

The call comes in light of the case of 68-year-old Neville Mckenzie, who has lived in London since 1962.

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Mckenzie, came to Jamaica in November last year and has now been blocked from reentering the United Kingdom (UK).

In a statement this morning, the High Commission said it could not comment on individual cases. 

However, it says it is aware that there are many long-term residents in Britain who do not have British citizenship.

According to the High Commission,  if these persons leave and then return to the UK they will need to satisfy the UK Immigration rules to regain entry.  

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Mckenzie, Jennifer Housen says she has still not been able to reach the British High Commission in St Andrew to discuss the case.

The Jamaica's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Aloun Assamba has expressed concern that Jamaicans residing in that country are not heeding immigration warnings until they are confronted by obstacles that render them immobile.

Assamba says there is nothing that she or the Jamaican High Commission in London can do about it.

The High Commissioner says only the British High Commission can resolve the matter.

However, she says Mckenzie could contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for assistance.

Meanwhile, Assamba says the Jamaican High Commission in London has launched a public education programme on the matter.

She says the issue is regularly discussed on television stations and in community newspapers in the United Kingdom.

However, according to Assamba, 'persons just do not pay attention'.