Resident Spouse Permit

Foreigners who are married to Bahamian nationals may be eligible for a Resident Spouse Permit.  This permit allows spouses of Bahamians to legally live and work in The Bahamas, provided that they live with their Bahamian spouse and have been married for less than five years, at time of application. Please note that once five years of marriage have passed, the non-Bahamian spouse may apply for extension of Resident Spouse Permit citizenship or permanent residency.

Requirements:

  • $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 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 of applicant’s parents (must be signed and readable and have six (6) months)
  • Certified copy of applicant’s birth certificate
  • Certified copy of marriage certificate with English translations and Bahamian $10.00 postage stamp affixed thereon (if applicable)
  • Certified copy of parents’ birth certificate with English translations and Bahamian $10.00 postage stamp affixed thereon (if applicable)
  • Documentary evidence of parents’ Immigration status
  • Death certificates where in either case the parents are deceased
  • Immunization Card (for minors)
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Copy of National Insurance Card (if any)
  • Parent’s or 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
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.