Bahamian Immigration: Planning a move in the Bahamas
Mar 25, 2010 - 2:40:09 PM
Are you planning a move in the Bahamas?
If so, here are a few things you need to know
before you venture for fun under the sun…
Upon your arrival to The Island of the Bahamas, you must
an Immigration Arrival/Departure Card. You are required to
keep a portion
of this card as you will need it at the time of your
visitors are required to be in possession of a return ticket.
U.S. and Canadian visitors, staying less than three weeks,
show proof of citizenship with either a passport (current or
within five years) or two forms of identification, one of
to have a photo. For example, you may bring your birth
a driver’s license. No visa is required.
British subjects from the United Kingdom and colonies can
visitors without passports or visas for periods not exceeding
weeks. For longer stays, a passport is required.
Naturalized citizens must show naturalization papers; photo
is not required.
Alien residents, in possession of a U.S. Alien Registration
may enter without a visa for visits that will not exceed
Presentation of a national passport (current or expired within
years) will facilitate processing.
Permanent residents must show their Green Card as well as a
passport from their place of birth.
Bahamian Citizenship: Who is Eligible?
An understanding of the Bahamian immigration laws and
policies before you consider applying for Bahamian citizenship
It is possible for someone from abroad to apply and obtain
Bahamian citizenship, but it is a lengthy and tedious process.
favor is given to long-term permanent residents and spouses of
Nevertheless, here are the main Bahamian citizenship laws,
the Bahamian Commonwealth’s Constitution, which came into effect
a) Anyone born in the former colony of the Bahamas islands
prior to July
10, 1973, and who was a citizen of the United Kingdom, became a
of the Bahamas on that day.
b) Anyone born outside of the Bahamas, and who was a citizen of
Kingdom, and whose father became a Bahamian citizen (as per the
law) also became a citizen of the Bahamas.
c) Any woman who was married to someone who
Bahamian citizen (as per the above law) was also entitled to
citizen of the Bahamas.
Applying for Annual or Permanent Residency in the
If none of the above-noted Bahamian immigration laws
citizenship apply to you, do not despair – other provisions
you to enter the country on an annual or permanent basis in
order to endlessly
enjoy the island’s tropical paradise.
If your goal is to reside in the Bahamas on an annual
you can do so if
i) your spouse or dependent is a Bahamian citizen
ii) your spouse or dependent is a permit holder
iii) you are an independent economic resident
iv) you are a resident homeowner, or a seasonal resident
If you seek Bahamian immigration on a permanent basis,
i) be able to prove "good character" standing (no criminal
ii) be prepared to show evidence of financial support.
The applications for annual or permanent Bahamian
residency that are submitted by major international
investors and prosperous homeowners, whose residence
is valued at $500,000 or more, are usually given
Ester Napoli: They say if you want to
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).
A Bahamas Citizenship: Not as Easy as you Might
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