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Bahamas: Relocation guide

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Families visiting the Bahamas can enjoy the variety of Atlantis Paradise Island and other mega-resorts, but the Bahamas’ diversified island chain also offers a variety of activities outside of the hotel. Beach lovers should put the Bahamas at the top of their list for their next vacation. The Bahamas has a lot to offer, from delicious Bahamian cuisine to exciting water sports. For a wonderful trip, this place has it all.

In the field of history, relics, ruins, and artifacts from the colonial era, as well as indigenous peoples such as the Louisiana and Arak Indians, may be found on San Salvador, Cat Island, and other Bahamian islands. It’s no surprise that the Bahamas has become a favorite vacation scenic location, especially with Bahamas cruise packages accessible all year.

Bahamians are welcoming, pleasant, and laid-back people. They’re well-known for being kind and eager to educate visitors about the islands. Many of the people that live on the islands are descended from West African slaves, while others came from England to escape the Puritan movement in the 16th century. The greater Bahamian culture that exists now is shaped by these two cultures.


Visa Requirements

Depending on your nationality— and how long you can stay as a short-term visitor—you may need to apply for a visitor visa for your first fact-finding trip or the first visit for business objectives, such as contract negotiations.

It’s a good idea to contact the Bahamian embassy in your area to find out about the visa requirements and the documents you’ll need to submit. A visitor visa will almost certainly not be enough if you want to work in the Bahamas; you’ll need a work permit (short- or long-term).


Getting a Long-Term Work Permit

A long-term work permit is required if you plan to work in the Bahamas for longer than 90 days. You can only get a work permit if you have a job contract, and you must apply with a statement from your potential employer detailing your application and responsibilities. Other documentation is necessary, including passport-sized pictures and verification that no Bahamian has been able to fill your position.

This information is subject to change, so visit the official Bahamas Department of Information website or contact your nearest Bahamian consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information. Your application may take three to four weeks to be processed.

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Immigration law

The Bahamas’ immigration restrictions are well-known for their strictness. Although the government is friendly to tourists, visitors, and investors, obtaining a work visa is not straightforward. In general, a foreigner cannot obtain a work visa for a post that could readily be filled by a qualified Bahamian citizen. As a result, finding a career that does not demand a higher education is nearly difficult.

Employers in the country must first post open vacancies locally before looking for workers elsewhere. You will be required to produce documentation of your particular qualifications once you have been selected for such a position. A college diploma or various language certificates might be used as proof. Always bear in mind that unless you are a serious investor, it is not easy to simply pack your belongings and relocate to the Bahamas.


Becoming a Permanent Resident

Do you want to get away from it all by migrating to the Bahamas and living off the grid for good? You can apply for permanent residence in several ways, the most obvious of which is getting married to a Bahamian citizen. Other options for obtaining permanent residence include:

  1. Buying a property in the country.
  2. For more than 20 years, you have been legally working or living in the Bahamas.
  3. working in a given profession for a set time in the Bahamas (see here for details).


The applicant is granted permanent residence for the rest of his or her life. You are free to work and live in the Bahamas for as long as you want unless your permanent residence status is revoked for some reason. You do not, however, have the right to vote. Your application is also subject to a modest cost of 100 BSD.

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