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UWI student leader invited to visa talks with Education Minister

Published:Monday | December 9, 2013 | 2:34 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is extending an invitation to University of the West Indies (UWI) student leader Terron Dewar to have discussions on the call for the removal of student visa requirements for CARICOM nationals studying in Jamaica.

Last week, Dewar, the head of student government at UWI, Mona said he believes the requirement for a student visa breaches the spirit of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy and the CARICOM integration movement in general.

He said CARICOM governments which have the requirements need to change this, especially since the university is a regional institution.

The education minister says while the issue is one more suited for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UWI student leader should feel welcomed to approach his office with the concerns.

Upon arriving in Jamaica to study, regional students are initially granted a six-month visa, after which they have to pay $10,000 to clear subsequent immigration requirements.

The visa has to be renewed yearly. 

The UWI student leader says regional students have consistently expressed frustrations at the requirements. 


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