Jamaica Consulate Continues Outreach To Atlanta – May 1 And 2 , 2009

The Jamaica Consulate General in Miami continues its community outreach program, this time in Atlanta, this weekend Friday (May 1) and Saturday (May 2) respectively.

Targeted at Jamaican nationals, the Community Outreach will begin on Friday (May 1) at 9:00 a.m., and on Saturday (May 2) at 9:30 a.m. at 5405 Memorial Drive, Building H, Suite 1, in Stone Mountain.

Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Atlanta, Vin Martin, is appealing to Jamaicans in that areas to participate in the support program as the Consulate extends its services to nationals across the Diaspora.

On Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., the Consul General Sandra Grant Griffiths will also meet with nationals at a Town Hall meeting at the St. Timothy Methodist Church Hall, at 5365 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain.

During the two-day Outreach, a team of resource personnel will answer queries about passports, visas and citizenship and other consular matters; land services; authentication of documents; as well as vital records – birth, death and marriage.

Persons are being reminded to produce the necessary supporting documents and fees for efficient and timely processing of applications submitted.

For information on the required documents and fees, persons can call the Jamaica Consulate at 305-374-8431, or visit the listed websites at www.jamaicacgmiami.org , the National Land Agency at www.nla.gov.jm or the Registrar General Department at www.rgd.gov.jm.

This is the third in a series of community Outreach sessions, organized by the Jamaican Consulate General with partnering agencies, to provide nationals in the Diaspora with pertinent information and support services.

Along with meeting with Jamaican nationals in that area, the Consul General, Mrs. Sandra Grant Griffiths will seize the opportunity to reach out to the wider community through an extensive two-day agenda.  This will be her first official visit to Atlanta since assuming office last September.  Her portfolio includes responsibilities for the 13 Southern States including Georgia with a population of some 35,000 Jamaicans.

On Friday (May 1), the Consul General will participate in several meetings to collaborate on consular matters relating to the welfare of Jamaicans in the Diaspora.  Matters of interest will include operations for detentions and removals under the US Department of Homeland Security and the Georgia Department of Labor regarding Jamaican H2B workers in that region.

So far, two events have been held in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, and each has been successful in its mission, meeting the needs of the community in those areas, helping to improve cooperation between the Consulate and the Jamaican community and making the Mission more client-friendly, according to Consul General Griffiths.