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    BAHAMAS WORK PERMIT AND VISA

    The Bahamas is a popular destination for tourists and expatriates to live and work there. Individuals must obtain a Bahamas work permit to work legally in the Bahamas as a foreign national. 

    Non-Bahamian citizens must first get a valid work permit from the Department of Immigration in order to be allowed to live and work in The Bahamas for a period longer than 90 days. It is necessary to apply for a short-term work visa if you plan to work for up to 90 days.

    The Bahamas offers free travel to a large number of nations, including most of the major nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, in addition to the United States and Canada. These nations include Singapore, China, Hong Kong, the British Empire, Germany, and France. On the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you can find a complete list of people who can visit The Bahamas without a visa.

    WHAT ACTIVITIES REQUIRE A BAHAMAS WORK VISA?

    • Employment in a company or organization in the Bahamas.
    • Self-employment, including starting a business or providing services as a freelancer or consultant. Refer to Bahamas company registration to know more about incorporating a business here.
    • Employment with a foreign company that has a branch or subsidiary in the Bahamas.
    • Employment with a foreign ship that docks in a Bahamian port.
    • Volunteering in a paid position.
    • Performing as an artist or entertainer.
    • Providing professional services, such as legal or accounting services.
    • Working as a domestic employee for a Bahamian employer.

    TYPES OF WORK PERMITS IN THE BAHAMAS

    • Short-term work permits – Non-Bahamians may work in the Bahamas for up to 90 days with the help of such permits. Such permits should not be continuously renewed in order to extend one’s stay because they are often only used for one emergency situation.
    • Long-term work permits – These provide the same purpose but are intended for people who want to do so for a period longer than 90 days. These licenses can last up to a year and must be renewed two months before they expire.

    THE BAHAMAS EXTENDED ACCESS TRAVEL STAY (BEATS) PROGRAM

    Many businesses and educational institutions have shifted to remote labor or virtual learning as a result of the pandemic. A brand-new initiative called BEATS is now available in the Bahamas and it’s meant to assist anyone who wants to work remotely. It’s a fantastic way to connect with the Bahamas and discover a tropical haven where you may live and work. Foreign nationals may apply for a BEATS visa, which allows them to remain and work for up to three years after the initial year.


    DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR THE BAHAMAS WORK PERMIT

    • A letter describing the job’s specifics and explaining the applicant’s motivation, as provided by the potential employer in the Bahamas
    • Two identical passport photos
    • A copy of the first page of the passport
    • A police statement stating the applicant has no criminal record
    • A medical certificate indicating that the applicant is in good health
    • Two written recommendations from the applicant’s prior employers
    • Proof that the business published the job announcement in local Bahamian newspapers before choosing to hire a foreign worker

    PROCESS OF APPLYING FOR THE BAHAMAS WORK PERMIT

    • The applicant must make an appointment by getting in touch with the Bahamas’ closest embassy or consulate in their nation.
    • They have to fill out the application form thoroughly. An application form is available at the Bahamas’ embassy or consulate. The application must be completed in BLOCK letters using only blue or black ink.
    • They must gather the necessary paperwork and present it in person at the Bahamas embassy or consulate in their country of residence that is the closest. The required documents are listed above.
    • Within seven to fourteen days, the applicant will hear back on their application for a visa to the Bahamas.

    Time required to obtain the Bahamas work permit

    The Bahamas work permit process entails different time frames depending on the type of permit being applied for. For a short-term work permit, the processing time is typically around 7 days. This allows individuals to engage in work activities in the Bahamas for a temporary period. On the other hand, obtaining a long-term work permit usually takes between 8 to 12 weeks. Additionally, the Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) Program offers a quick turnaround time of approximately 5 days. 

    Reach out to us at Relin Consultants for further assistance with your Bahamas work permit.

    FAQs

    How long may I stay in the Bahamas without a visa?

    You may stay for a maximum of 30 days. The precise number of days depends on your citizenship.

    How long does my passport need to be valid for before I may enter the Bahamas?

    A validity of six months from the planned date of departure. American and British passport holders are an exception, as they are permitted entry into the Bahamas with less than six months remaining on their passports.

    Who needs a Bahamas work permit?

    Anyone who is not a citizen of the Bahamas or a permanent resident and wants to work in the country needs a work permit.

    How long is a Bahamas work permit valid?

    A Bahamas work permit is typically valid for one year, after which it can be renewed for additional periods of one year.

    Can a work permit holder bring their family to the Bahamas?

    Yes, work permit holders can bring their spouse and children to the Bahamas on a dependent visa.

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