Obtaining a passport for your child is probably the last thing on your mind after giving birth, but on a small island, you never know what kind of emergency can arise needing you (and the family) to suddenly leave the island.
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First and foremost, you must obtain a birth certificate for your child (and most likely also present the mother’s birth certificate) prior to making an application for a child passport. Much more information on getting a passport for your child is listed in the Visas & Passports section under the information on passports. If you will be seeking a US Visa, Kingston is the home jurisdiction of Cayman and where you should get a visa.
If you are an expat currently on a work permit you will need to get a dependent permit for your baby.
After you give birth to your child the hospital will issue a Live Birth Notification Form. The parents will be given a copy of this and the original is sent by the hospital to the Registrar of Births.
If you are a US citizen who recently had a child in the Cayman Islands, you need to apply for a 'Consular Report of Birth Abroad' as well as a passport for your child.
You will need to make an appointment (via email) with the Consular Agency and then complete the application forms which are available on www.travel.state.gov. The parents and child must then attend the appointment. Make sure to bring all necessary original documents to the meeting. You may email or visit the office for enquiries, however, but they do not accept walk-ins, so you must make an appointment.
The US Consular Agency has an office in the Smith Road Centre, Suite 202B, 150 Smith Road, George Town, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They are open Monday through Friday 8am-2pm and are closed on all Cayman and US holidays. For emergency services call (345) 945 8173 or (876) 702 6000 (if after 2pm or during holidays).
Application forms for British passports (renewals or new passports) can be downloaded from www.gov.uk/overseas-passports, along with a list of what needs to be submitted and applicable fees. There are special rules if you have adopted a child, or if the child was born through assisted reproduction or surrogacy.
The Canadian Consulate is located on the 1st floor, Landmark Square, 64 Earth Close (off West Bay Road near the Strand Shopping Centre) and is open Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm. Tel: (345) 949 9400 or email: email@example.com. They offer assistance in obtaining Canadian citizenship (and a passport) for children born in Cayman to Canadian parents.
Contact the Cayman Islands Passport Office (Tel: (345) 943 7678 ext 6), located at Sussex House on Elgin Avenue, by the Immigration Department. Forms can be downloaded from www.immigration.gov.ky. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4pm for enquiries.
Babies born outside of Jamaica of Jamaican parent(s), must first obtain Jamaican citizenship prior to applying for a passport. Once citizenship is obtained the below documents need to be submitted to the Jamaican Consular Office. The Jamaican Consular Office (Tel: (345) 949 9526) is open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-2.30pm and can be contacted at Tel: (345) 949 9526.
Babies born outside of Jamaica of Jamaican parent(s), must first obtain Jamaican citizenship prior to applying for a passport.
Prepare the following documents before contacting the office for necessary fees and procedures to be followed on submitting your child’s passport application.
- Application form – parent(s) should complete sections C and E
- Minor’s birth certificate or Jamaican Citizenship Certificate
- Two identical photographs
- A valid Government-issued photo ID or passport for the parent(s)
- Proof of name change if name has been changed
Visit www.jaconsulatecayman.org for complete information and application requirements.
The Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs of the Cayman Islands Government and the Office of the Governor have assembled contact details for the consular representatives of other countries.
See the Visas & Passports page for a list with contact details.