Work Permit (New Application Requirements)

Non-Bahamian nationals who are desirous of working and living in The Bahamas for a period greater than 90 days, must first be authorized to do so by way of a valid work permit issued by the Department of Immigration. Persons wishing to work for up to 90 days must apply for a short term work permit.


Requirements:

$200.00 non-refundable processing fee (payable by cash, credit/debit card, postal money order or bank certified cheque)
• Duly completed First Schedule Form 1 application with $10.00 Bahamian postage stamp affixed thereon (legible and notarized)
• Applicant’s original medical certificate (dated not earlier than thirty (30) days before the application being submitted and is required by everyone)
• Applicant’s original police certificate (issued not earlier than six (6) months and must cover five (5) years of residence and is required from the age of 14)
Two (2) current passport photographs of applicant on white background with name printed on back of photo (within six (6) months of application photo size must be 2 X 2 inches)
• VALID copy of biographical page of passport for applicant (must be signed and readable and have six (6) months validity)
• Copy of biographical page of passport for employer/sponsor (must be signed and readable and have six (6) months validity if employer is a non-Bahamian, evidence of immigration status is also required)
Labor Certificate with Notification of Vacancy attached
• Nationally circulated newspaper advertisements (must be advertised for three (3) consecutive days)
• Two (2) written references from previous employers (please provide telephone contacts and email addresses)
• Letter of release from previous employer of applicant (if applicable)
• VALID Copy of business license or Certificate of Incorporation of Employer
• Copy of Employer/Sponsor’s National Insurance Card/Certificate
Additional Documents Required By Certain Companies (Please Inquire):
• Certified copies of qualifications in relation to post being applied for
• Staff list comprising of each employee’s name, position and nationality
• Name of Bahamian understudy for position being applied for
• Entertainers must have letter of no objection from The Bahamas Musician & Entertainers Union
• Doctors must have letter of registration with The Bahamas Medical Council
• Nurses must have letter of registration with The Bahamas Nursing Council
• Dentists must have letter of registration with The Bahamas Dental Council
• Pharmacists must have letter of registration with The Bahamas Pharmacy Council
• Accountants must have letter of registration with The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants

All further correspondence should be addressed to:

Director of Immigration
P.O. Box N-831
Nassau, Bahamas

Please note that certified translations in English are required for each foreign document submitted and should have a Bahamian $10.00 postage stamp affixed thereto. Translations must be prepared by someone proficient in the relevant foreign language.

Eligibility
Any non-Bahamian who wishes to work in The Bahamas for a period that exceeds 90 days

Processing Time
Once the actual application has been accurately and completely submitted, applicant should contact the Consultation Unit at 604-0241/2 within a 8 to 12 week period for an update of the process of the application.

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