Daryl Vaz stripped of US Visa

November 01, 2019
Daryl Vaz

Daryl Vaz, who renounced his American citizenship so he could be a parliamentarian in Jamaica, is now unable to travel to the United States of America.

Vaz acquired US citizen by virtue of his mother, but gave it up in 2008 after the court ruled that he was ineligible to sit in parliament because of him being a dual citizen.

On Friday, Vaz, who is minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, revealed that his United States visa has been revoked.

In a statement, Vaz, the member of parliament for West Portland, said the US has written to him advising that subsequent to the issuance of the visa, it has received information that the minister "may be ineligible".

Vaz is the second minister of government in the past decade to have his US Visa revoked. In 2011 the US government stripped James Robertson, then energy minister, of his visa.