CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME)

The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) is an arrangement among the CARICOM Member States for the creation of a single enlarged economic space through the removal of restrictions resulting in the free movement of goods, services, persons, capital and technology and it confers the right of CARICOM Nationals to establish a business in any participating CARICOM Member State. The implementation of the CSME has been a top priority for Trinidad and Tobago and to date the Single Market component has been implemented in some twelve (12) CARICOM Member States including: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
Under the CSME, CARICOM Nationals are entitled to the following rights:

  • Free movement of goods.
  • Free movement of people.
  • Free movement of services.
  • Free movement of capital.
  • Right to establish a business in any CARICOM member state.

What categories of CARICOM Nationals have been allowed free movement?

According to Article 46 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas the following categories of CARICOM nationals have the right to seek employment in any of the participating CSME Member States:
  1. University Graduates
  2. Artistes
  3. Musicians
  4. Media Workers
  5. Sportspersons

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Who is eligible to apply for a Skill Certificate?

Citizens of CSME states who meet certain criteria can apply for a Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification that allows them to work in any CSME member state.


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What documents do I need to apply for a CARICOM skills Certificate?

All eligible applicants must have: 
  1. Valid Passport (for applicant, dependents and spouse) – the pages with biographical details, date of issue and expiry for both nationals and non-nationals should be copied. Non-nationals are also required to provide a copy of the passport page with the Immigration stamp showing approved stay in Trinidad and Tobago 
  2. Birth certificate. “A sworn affidavit is required for applicants who left their country of birth before the age of eighteen (18) years of age.”
  3. Birth certificates of all dependents and spouse
  4. Marriage certificate, Divorce Decree or Deed of Separation where applicable
  5. Persons applying as University Graduates (holders of a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and/or PhD) are required to provide university degree certificates
  6. Persons applying as Artist, Musicians, Media Workers, or Sportspersons are required to submit, in addition to relevant qualifications, the following documents:
    • A letter from the respective National Federation or Ministry which clearly states that the applicant was registered in a particular field of art, music, sports or as a media worker
    • Letters from previous employers clearly stating the function the applicant was performing
    • 2 copies of portfolio of work previously done (Where pictures are provided, a brief description is needed); Portfolio would include samples of work. NB: Portfolios are not returned to the applicant
    • At least 5 invoices
    • At least 3 references which attest to work previously done
  7. Three (3) identical passport-sized photographs with the following specifications:
    • All photos should be 31mm wide and 41mm high
    • The chin to crown (crown is the position of the top of the head) should be 70- 80% of the vertical height of the picture
    • Portrait should show a close-up of the applicant’s head and top of the shoulders.
    • Background must be white.

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Where can I find more information?

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs
St. Clair Circle
St. Clair
Port of Spain
Tel: (868) 623-6894 or (868) 285-5029

Right of Establishment Desk:
(868) 623-6894 Ext. 2035
Skills Certificate Desk: 
Tel: (868) 623-6894 Ext. 2800
E-mail (CSME UNIT) –

Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs

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