Permit to Reside

Non-Bahamian nationals who are desirous of living for any purpose other than working in the Bahamas, must seek authorization from the Department of Immigration.  This comes in the form of a Residence Permit, also commonly known as an Annual 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 no earlier than 30 days of 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 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 sponsor (must be signed and readable with six (6) months validity)
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate of applicant (if applicable)
  • Certified copy of birth certificate of applicant showing parents’ names
  • Two (2) character references from reputable persons or persons of good standing in applicant’s community (please provide telephone contacts and email addresses)
  • Reference from applicant’s financial institution(s) stating a figure range and/or statement prepared by a Certified Public Accountant (adults/independent)
  • Copy of conveyance for residential property(ies) owned by applicant in The
    Bahamas (adults only and if applicable)
  • Accompanied Dependants must apply for a permit to reside

Additional Documents Required For Children

  • Letter confirming applicant’s enrollment in a school in The Bahamas
  • Legal Court document granting custody or guardianship of applicant to sponsor (for children not accompanied by their parents)
  • Certified copy of parents birth certificates (for children not accompanied by their parents)
  • If children are not accompanied by both parents, evidence of legal custody of applicant is required from the accompanying parent/guardian
  • Children who are being home schooled MUST be registered with the Ministry of Education and proof of such must be provided.

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. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT PERSONS APPLYING FOR STATUS IN FIRST INSTANCE SHOULD NOT BE IN THE COUNTRY DURING THE PROCESSING OF THE APPLICATION.

 

Eligibility

Any non-Bahamian who is:

  • Attending school, college or university; or
  • Dependent of someone who is legally authorized to reside in The Bahamas, Bahamian or non-Bahamian. (Dependents may be spouses, or children under the age of 18)

Turn-around 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.