US visas of two Jamaican MPs revoked

Jamaica’s Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, has had his United States visa revoked.

Minister without Portfolio Daryl Vaz (Photo: JIS)

News broke earlier today that Vaz, who is also a Member of Parliament, had his visa withdrawn as a condition that he may ineligible for one.

Additionally, reports  surfaced that the visa of fellow parliamentarian Phillip Paulwell was also revoked.

Member of Parliament PhillipPaulwell

Vaz confirmed receiving communication from the US Embassy in Kingston a week ago in a statement shared today. Meanwhile, Paulwell, who is in Cuba for a conference, subsequently confirmed that his visa was also revoked.

“Subsequent to the visa issuance, information has come to light that you may be ineligible for a visa. If you would like to travel to the United States, you must re-apply,” the Embassy communicated to Vaz.

The situation was brought to the attention of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Vaz said, adding that he has taken formal steps to clarify his ‘ineligibility’ and appeal the decision.  

The revocation comes more than a decade after Vaz renounced his US visa citizenship after a court ruling determined he could not be a member of parliament while being a dual citizen.  

Meanwhile, Paulwell said no reason was provided for his visa being withdrawn.