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.
- $200.00 non-refundable processing fee (payable by cash, credit/debit card, postal money order or bank certified cheque)
- Duly completed First Schedule Form 1A 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 covering five years of residence issued not more than six (6) months and is required from age of 14 (unless applicant held previous immigration status, immediately preceding Resident Spouse Permit Application)
- 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 spouse (must be signed and readable with six (6) months validity)
- Certified copy of marriage certificate with English translations and Bahamian $10.00 postage stamp affixed thereon (if applicable)
- Certified copies of birth certificates for children of the marriage (under the age of 18)
- Certified copies of birth certificates for children of applicant not born of the marriage (under the age of 18)
- 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
- Certified copy of spouse’s birth certificate with English translations and Bahamian $10.00 postage stamp affixed thereon (if applicable)
- Death Certificate/ divorce decree (if applicable)
- Adoption certificate (if applicable)
- Deed Poll (if applicable)
- Copy of any Naturalization (if applicable) of spouse
- Copy of Bahamian Registration or Naturalization (if applicable) of spouse
- Letter from job verifying employment of spouse
- Letter from job verifying employment of applicant (if applicable)
All further correspondence should be addressed to:
Director of Immigration
P.O. Box N-831
*Please note 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. 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.