Any non-Bahamian who wish to work in The Bahamas from 1 to 90 days must apply for a short term work permit from the Department of Immigration. The application should be submitted before the prospective employee arrives to The Bahamas.

The only exceptions are where persons are coming to attend a Board of Director’s meeting, Disaster Preparedness meeting or qualifies for the Trusted Traveller Programme (TTP) (please see attached Trusted Traveller Programme sheet). 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 of the expected dates of the trip and airline information. A copy of the information page of the individual’s passports should also be submitted.


ALL Documents Must Be Submitted And Form Duly Completed

» N.B: One (1) to ninety (90) days

» $200.00 non-refundable processing fee (payable by cash, credit/debit card, postal money order or bank certified cheque)

» Duly completed Short Term Work 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)

» VALID Copy of business license or Certificate of Incorporation of Employer

(For a period of 31-90 days these additional documents are required for applicant.)

» Applicant’s original Police Certificate [issued not earlier than six (6) months and must cover five (5) years of residence. This is required for persons age 14 and older.]

» 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 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.


Short term work permits are meant for emergencies only and should be a one time application; for example, an Aircraft Mechanic coming to effect repairs to an airplane or equipment not exceeding two (2) weeks. Auditor, 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. The 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 the individual for a longer than 30 days the application should be accompanied by all the relevant documents. If the company feels that they have a case which warrant 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. Approval in this instance is granted by the Directorate pending a decision by the Immigration Board, and does not in any way presuppose the Immigration Board’s decision, for a further period.