Any non-Bahamian who desires to work in The Bahamas for a period ranging from 1 to 90 days must apply to the Department of Immigration for a Short Term Work Permit. The application should be submitted before the prospective employee arrives in The Bahamas.

Short term work permits are meant for emergency only and should be a one-time application. For example;

a) an Aircraft Mechanic coming to effect repair to an airplane or equipment not exceeding two (2) weeks.

b) Auditors, Inspectors and other Officers coming from a corporation’s headquarters outside The Bahamas for a stay of not more than three (3) or four (4) weeks in The Bahamas.

An exception to this rule is the case of a Travelling Salesman for a period not exceeding one (1) week. If it is the intention to employ for the individual for a period longer than 30 days, the application should be accompanied by all of the relevant documents. If the company feels that they have a case which warrants temporary permission, this case must be made in the letter of request for the long-term application, or in a subsequent letter, if there is an urgency to get the person in place on short notice.

Further exceptions are where persons are coming to attend a Board of Director’s meeting, a Disaster Preparedness meeting or those that are a part of the Trusted Traveller Programme (TTP). The company is required to notify the Director of Immigration, in writing, at least two (2) days prior to these persons coming to The Bahamas, also providing details of the expected dates of the trip and the airline information. A copy of the biographical data page of the individual’s passports should also be submitted.

Short Term Work Permit Application Requirements:

For a period of one (1) to thirty (30) days duration:

  • $200.00 non-refundable processing fee ( payable by cash, credit/debit card, postal money order or bank certified cheque)
  • Letter of request addressed to the Director of Immigration
  • Duly completed Short Term Work Permit Application Form
  • Two (2) current passport photographs of applicant on white background with name printed on back of the photo (captured within six (6) months of application date; photo size must be 2 X 2 inches)
  • Copy of biographical data page of applicant’s current passport (must be signed and readable and with minimum two (2) months validity)
  • Copy of VALID business license, Certificate of Incumbency or Certificate of Incorporation of Employer
  • Copy of Employee/Employer’s NIB Card/Certificate

For period of thirty one (31) to ninety (90) days:

  • Applicant’s original police certificate (issued not earlier than six (6) months and must cover five (5) years of residence; required of applicants age 14 years old and older) or for the Extension of a STWP where applicant is already in the country, a sworn affidavit of Good Character.
  • Applicant’s original medical certificate (dated not earlier than thirty (30) days before the application being submitted.

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 authorization from The Bahamas Musician & Entertainers Union
  • Doctors must have letter of authorization from The Bahamas Medical Council
  • Nurses must have letter of authorization from The Bahamas Nursing Council
  • Dentists must have letter of authorization from The Bahamas Dental Council
  • Pharmacists must have letter of authorization from The Bahamas Pharmacy Council
  • Accountants must have letter of authorization from The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Attorneys must have letter of authorization from The Bahamas Bar Association
  • Veterinarians require a Valid Temporary Veterinary Registration from Bahamas Department of Agriculture

All further correspondence should be addressed to:
Director of Immigration
P.O. Box N-831
Nassau, Bahamas

Please note that:
1. Certified translations in English are required for each foreign document submitted and should have a Bahamian $10.00 postage stamp affixed thereto.
2. Translations must be prepared by someone proficient in the relevant foreign language.
3. Persons applying for status in first instance should not be in the country during the processing of the application.