Resident Belonger Permit status was established, as noted in the May 8, 2015 Official Gazette, by the administration of the day to offer a legal status option to:
a) persons referred to in Article 7 of The Constitution of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and who are permanently residing in The Bahamas at the time of application (i.e. persons born in The Bahamas to non-Bahamian parents …).
b) persons referred to in Article 9 of The Constitution of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas (i.e. persons born legitimately outside The Bahamas to a married Bahamian mother and non-Bahamian father…).
c) the foreign-born offspring of a Bahamian male referred to in Articles 3(2) and 8 of The Constitution of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, who is married to a non-Bahamian spouse.
Resident Belonger Permit Application Requirements:
- Letter of Request addressed to The Director of Immigration
- $200.00 non-refundable processing fee (payable by cash, credit/debit card, postal money order or bank certified cheque)
- Duly completed First Schedule Part 2 Form 1B 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. This is required for each applicant)
- Applicant’s original police certificate covering five years of residence issued not more than six (6) months; required for applicants age 14 and older
- Two (2) current passport photographs of applicant on white background with name printed on back of photo (captured 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 minimum of two (2) months validity.
- Copy of biographical page of passport for applicant’s parents (must be signed and readable with minimum of two (2) months validity)
- Certified copy of parent’s marriage certificate with English translations and Bahamian $10.00 postage stamp affixed thereon (if applicable)
- Certified copies of applicant’s parent(s) birth certificate(s) with English translations and Bahamian $10.00 postage stamp affixed thereon (if applicable)
- Original birth certificate of applicant with English translations and Bahamian $10.00 postage stamps affixed thereon (if applicable) with the verification by the Consulate and authentication of signature by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Documentary evidence of parents’ Immigration status
- Certified copy of parent(s) Death Certificate where in either case the parent(s) are deceased (must be certified by Registrar General’s Department if issued in The Bahamas) (if applicable)
- Immunization Card (for minors)
- Baptismal Certificate (if you do not have a Baptismal Certificate you are required to write a letter stating that you wish to be exempted from producing one)
- Copy of National Insurance Card (if anay
- Parent’s /Guardian’s Information Sheet
- All school records and transcripts
- Proof of legal guardianship (for minors)
All further correspondence should be addressed to:
Director of Immigration
P.O. Box N-831
Please note that:
1. All documents issued from countries outside The Bahamas must be properly verified (by apostille or Legalization) and have signature of authentication by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before they can be submitted.
2. Certified translations in English are required for each foreign document submitted and should have a Bahamian $10.00 postage stamp affixed thereto.
3. Translations must be prepared by someone proficient in the relevant foreign language.