Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a Communication "Update To The House
On Immigration Policy" by Fred Mitchell MP, Minister Of Foreign Affairs
And Immigration in the House Of Assembly, Nassau delivered on 19th
I wish Mr. Speaker to repeat to the House the policy
of the government on Immigration announced on 30th October of this
year. This concretized months of work
announcing that these changes were coming.This announcement should therefore not have been a surprise to anyone.
The Public is reminded
that as of
the following will apply:
No applications will be
accepted in The Bahamas for first-time work permit applicants who have
no legal status
in The Bahamas.
All first-time applicants for work permits
without legal status in The Bahamas will have to be certified as having been
seen by The Bahamas Embassy in
their home country or the
nearest Consular Office of The Bahamas.
are no exceptions to this rule.
does not apply to renewals
once those are made
before the current permit expires.
Passport Office will no longer issue Certificates of Identity to those persons
born of non-nationals in The Bahamas.
Those individuals who have valid Certificates of Identity must now
obtain the passport of their nationality and apply for a residency permit which
will show that they have a right to live and work in The Bahamas.
are no exceptions to this except in accordance with our international treaty
Special Residency Permit
will be available for those
individuals who have the right to apply for Bahamian citizenship at the age of
18 and before their 19
The processing fee is
and the annual permit is
These permits will
only be issued to those persons whose parents are lawfully in The Bahamas.
This will allow the holder to live, work and
go to school in The Bahamas until such time as their citizenship status is
These are obtained upon
application at the Department of Immigration.
Applications can be obtained for the special permit beginning on Monday 3rd November.
All people who live and
work in The Bahamas are reminded that it is prudent to have a document on your
person, at all times, which shows that you have a right to live and work in The
The public is asked to
be patient as the new policies unfold.
Any comments on the policy may be addressed to the Director of
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration thanks the public for their support