Seems like getting a US visa is of paramount important as according to a report in the Gleaner Jamaicans are spending US$25 million at the Embassy in Kingston to acquire one.
Make that $3 billion Jamaican dollars.
If you are applying in Jamaican dollars the cost is $20,000 and if you have a US visa card then it’s $160. It sucks though that if you have the US$160 you can’t take it to the NCB branch and pay it, you have to pay more than the dollar is valued.
That is not surprising as Jamaicans have always had a fascination for the big apple hence the comments “if America sneeze Jamaica catches cold!”
Consul General at the US Embassy in Kingston Michael R. Schimmel last Friday told the paper that 159,000 visa applications were submitted to the entity, the most in 20 years.
But Schimmel downplayed the significance of the amount shelled out by Jamaicans to apply for visas.
“You multiply 160 by the number and we got US$25 million, but the individual application is still US$160,” he stressed.
“It’s a 10-year visa. If you travel once every 10 years to the US, each application would cost only US$16,” said Schimmel as he pointed out that the cost for the visa is computed by the General Accounting Office in the United States to cover the cost of the service.