Bahamas: how obtain to passport

Parent Category: ROOT Published: Saturday, 05 March 2022 Print

Options of becoming Bahamas citizen

There is a combination of about 700 islands, cays, and islets. that make up the Bahamas. It borders Caicos Islands and Turks to the northeast, Cuba and the Dominican Republic to the North, Florida to the southeast, and the Florida Keys to the east.

The Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands are together known as the Lucayan Archipelago. Nassau, the country’s capital, and the most populous city is located on the island of New Providence and has a population of around 400,000 people. The most popular language is Bahamian Creole, meanwhile, it is an anglophone country. Looking for easy ways to become a citizen of the island...this is a comprehensive guide just for you. It covers all the basics you need to know about options open to foreigners such as yourself.


What are the options?

For ex-pats who live in the country and desire to be citizens, there are three options they can explore. However, since dual citizenship isn't recognized, an ex-pat will have to renounce previous citizenship.


Citizenship by Birth

This is true for foreigners who fit into one of the following categories:

  • Born to Bahamian parents, at least one of whom is a Bahamian citizen
  • Born to an unmarried Bahamian mother in the Bahamas or elsewhere


Citizenship by Descent

This policy applies to children conceived outside of The Bahamas to a Bahamian husband who is a naturalized citizen.


Citizenship by Registration

Those that fit into the following categories are eligible:

  • A child adopted by a native citizen who is married.
  • A child adopted by a single female who is a national


To apply for Citizenship by Registration, the listed documents must be tendered: 

  1. Application Form 1, notarized by a notary public or justice of the peace. For the female spouse of a Bahamian citizen only.
  2. Application Form 2, except for female spouses of nationals and children born outside The Bahamas to a Bahamian mother and a foreign father, this law applies to all persons.
  3. Application Form 4, only people born in foreign nations to a Bahamian mother and a foreign father are eligible.


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To apply for citizenship, an ex-pat who lives here must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Is a ten-year legal permanent resident
  • You are required to have been a resident for at least 6 years before your application
  • Is a female spouse of a native citizen
  • Was born in the territory after 9th July 1973 to parents who were not native citizens
  • Is a child (adopted or biological) who has at least one parent who is a national
  • Is a child born within the island to parents who are not native citizens but residents of the Bahamas


After residing for at least 10 years on a permanent residency permit, or 7 years if married to a native citizen, an ex-pat is eligible to become a citizen, if the person has lived for a total of six years Children born Only married non-Bahamians between the ages of 18 and 19 can seek for citizenship in the Bahamas.


Processing Time

After the application has been accurately and completely submitted, applicants will receive a response within 3 to 4 weeks. It should be noted that if an application fails to meet any of the requirements, that person's citizenship may be revoked.


Processing Cost

A $200.00 non-refundable processing fee payable by cash, credit/debit card, postal/money orders, or bank-certified cheque is required during application. In addition, during submission of the application form, a $10.00 Bahamian postage stamp is to be affixed thereon.

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