Bahamas citizenship is not as easy as you might think. Even if you were
born in the Bahamas, it does not mean that you are entitled to
citizenship. There are many strict rules and regulations in the
Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, dated July 10, 1973,
with regard to a Bahamian citizenship.
Entitled to a Bahamas Citizenship
If you were born in the Bahamas
before July 10th, 1973, the date the constitution, and were a citizen of
the United Kingdom and Colonies, you are unquestionably a citizen of
you were born in the Bahamas after July 10th, 1973, and your parents
are Bahamian, you are automatically granted citizenship.
your father is Bahamian but your mother is not, you are still
considered a Bahamian citizen.
If you were born outside the Bahamas, your father
must be Bahamian for you to attain a Bahamas citizenship or your mother
has to be Bahamian and unmarried.
If your mother is Bahamian but married to a
non-Bahamian, it does not guarantee automatic citizenship.
Eligible for a Bahamas Citizenship
Foreign women who marry a citizen of
born in the Bahamas, but whose parents were not Bahamian citizens
born to a Bahamian mother outside the Bahamas
Children adopted by Bahamian
Eligible to Apply for a Bahamas Citizenship
It is possible to
acquire a Bahamian citizenship if you have resided in the Bahamas for an
extended period of time (approximately 6 to 9 years) and have lived
there for a minimum of 12 consecutive months.
Your chances of obtaining citizenship are even greater if you
plan to remain in the country permanently and know the Bahamian language
and customs. You must also be a law-abiding resident and an individual
of ‘good’ character.
Bahamas Citizenship be Revoked?
if you are a legal Bahamian citizen, the government has the power to
cancel your citizenship, albeit, not without valid justification.
Citizenship can be
revoked if an individual voluntarily acquires another citizenship from a
foreign country. If you were born in a country that awards citizenship
at birth, that citizenship must be cancelled before you can obtain a
Bahamas citizenship. There is an exception - anyone under 21 years of
age may retain dual citizenship until the age of 21, at which time the
individual has 12 months to cancel their foreign citizenship, otherwise
their Bahamian citizenship will be annulled.
How do Visitors to the Bahamas Obtain Citizenship?
Being a Bahamian
citizen has its advantages, and many visitors to the islands end up
wanting to acquire citizenship. Visitors to the Bahamas, who are not
citizens, are typically not allowed to reside in the country for more
than 8 months at a time, and have to prove that can support themselves
financially during that period of time.
government regulates non-citizens diligently, but international
applicants are often granted immediate attention if they invest or
purchase property valued at a minimum of $500, 000. To obtain permanent
residency, an individual must consider investing over $500, 000 into the
for a Bahamas citizenship cannot have a criminal record and must be
individuals of ‘good character.’ Non-citizens are normally not eligible
to work unless they are given the right to do so by the government. Most
jobs prioritize Bahamian citizens.
you are contemplating a move to the Bahamas and have other questions,
check the immigration and visa requirements page for additional
Living and working
in the Bahamas means life under the warmth of a tropical sun,
surrounded by the incomparable beauty of white sand and blue sea.
Serenity does exist in the Bahamas.
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be happy, you have to do something you are passionate about. One of my
passions is traveling and the one place I fell in love with was the
Bahamas; the white sand, clear waters, friendly environment. It is
paradise on earth. I enjoy all aspects of the Bahamas; the culture, the
history, the countless sports and activities to keep you busy, and of
course, the fabulous weather. Website: Glorious Bahamas Real Estate (www.gloriousbahamas.com).