Bahamas Work Visa

Tetra Consultants assists our international clients to apply for Bahamas work visa. Our service package includes Bahamas company registration, work visa applications, and opening local or international corporate bank accounts. Tetra Consultants is the one-stop solution for you to legally start business in The Bahamas.

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    Bahamas Work Visa

    Bahamas Work Visa application is a hassle-free process with Tetra Consultants’ assistance. Read on to find out how.

    The Bahamas has always been a popular destination for financial services firms looking for a business-friendly jurisdiction, with financial services being the second largest contributors to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. With tourism being the biggest contributor, the country offers visa-free travel to many countries in facilitation of this. However, those looking to conduct certain business activities or seeking gainful employment will need to apply for a Bahamas work visa instead. Similarly, certain countries do not have visa-free travel arrangements with The Bahamas, hence their residents will also need to apply for a pass regardless of what activity they seek to undertake.

    Tetra Consultants will go through the types of work visas, when you would need one, and how you can go about applying for one. The process can be hassle-free if you know how. With Tetra Consultants at the wheel, you will be able to dedicate your time and resources to other more important business channels.

    With our lean-and-mean mentality, you can rely on our team of experts to provide you a seamless experience throughout the whole process. Our ultimate goal is for your visas to be obtained within the stipulated time frame.

    Our service package includes everything you will require to register for work visa in The Bahamas:

    Contact us to find out more about Bahamas work visa application. Our team of experts will revert within the next 24 hours.

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    When do you need a Bahamas Work Visa?

    • If your country of residence is on this list of countries with visa-free travel arrangements, you will qualify as a business visitor and thus not need to apply for a Bahamas work visa to enter the country. This is assuming that you are not working within the country or performing any other professional activity.

    List of countries with visa-free travel arrangements

    • As mentioned earlier, Bahamas offers free travel to many countries, with most of the major European, Asian, African and Latin American countries being granted it alongside the United States and Canada. Notable members on this list include:
      • Singapore
      • China
      • Hong Kong
      • United Kingdom
      • Germany
      • France

    What activities can business visitors carry out?

    • Business activities that are unpaid are allowed to be carried out. This includes attending business meetings and conferences, networking, and learning and development.

    What activities require a Bahamas Work Visa?

    • Work authorization will be needed if these activities are considered as work or other professional activities. Such activities include project planning and implementation, marketing, or auditing. In this case, even if your country is on the list of countries with visa-free travel arrangements, you will need to apply for a Bahamas work visa in order to legally carry out such activities. Every foreigner that wants to work or conduct professional activities in The Bahamas is required to apply for the visa as no country is exempt from this requirement.

    Types of Bahamas Work Visa

    Short Term Work Permit

    • Such permits allow a non-Bahamian to work in The Bahamas for a duration between 1 to 90 days. Such permits are usually only used for one-off, emergency purposes and should not be constantly reapplied for to extend one’s stay.

    Long-Term Work Permit

    • These are for the same purpose but are for those who are looking to do so for a period lengthier than 90 days. Such permits are valid for up to a year, and must be renewed two months before expiry.

    The Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS) Program

    • With the rise of COVID-19, many employers and educational institutions have opted for remote working or virtual learning. The Bahamian government has thus come up with the BEATS program announced in the news, to accommodate such workers or students that are looking for a change in environment. Each successful applicant will be valid for a year and can be renewed for up to a maximum period of three years.
    • If you are unsure of what type of visa you require to operate your business, feel free to contact us for a non-obligatory consultation. Our team of experts will revert within the next 24 hours.

    How long to secure Bahamas Work Visa?

    • The timeline will be different depending on what type you are applying for.
      • For a Short Term Work Permit, it will be processed within 7 days.
      • For a Long-Term Work Permit, it will be processed within 8 to 12 weeks.
      • For the BEATS Program, it will be processed within 5 days.
    • The given approval time frames are all assuming that information within the application is complete and accurate. Tetra Consultants will work closely with you to prepare this information to ensure minimal delays.

    Requirements for Bahamas Work Visa

    Short Term Work Permit

    • Applications for a short term work permit requires:
      • Completed Short Term Work Permit Application Form
      • A Letter of Request stating reasons for application, position applied for and period of employment
      • 2 passport-sized photographs of the applicant
      • Copy of the page from the most recent passport of the employee displaying biographical information
      • Copy of business license or Certificate of Incorporation of employer
      • Copy of Employee Certificate
    • Additional supporting documents might also be requested for those performing professional services, such as certified qualifications and letter of authorization from the relevant professional councils (e.g. a Doctor applying for a short term work permit must provide supporting documents of his medical degree, as well as a Letter of Authorization from The Bahamas Medical Council).
    • Applications for longer than 30 days but shorter than 90 days will also require an original police certificate and medical certificate. If these documents are not in English, they should be translated into English by a certified and qualified translator.
    • You will also require a passport with minimum validity and to pay a processing fee of US$200.

    Long-Term Work Permit

    • Applications for this require:
      • Completed First Schedule Form 1 application
      • A Letter of Request stating reasons for application, position applied for and period of employment
      • 2 passport-sized photographs of the applicant
      • Copy of the employee’s biographical information from the relevant page of the employee’s most recent passport
      • Copy of the employer’s biographical information from the relevant page of the employee’s most recent passport
      • Labour Certificate from the Bahamas Department of Labour with a Notification of Vacancy
      • News adverts that are spread nationally
      • At least 2 written letter references from past employers, as well as said employers’ email address and telephone number
      • Letter of release from applicant’s previous employer
      • Copy of business license or Certificate of Incorporation of employer
      • Copy of Employee Certificate
      • Original police certificate
      • Original medical health certificate
    • Similar to an application for a short term work permit, additional supporting documents might also be requested for those performing professional services, such as certified qualifications and letter of authorization from the relevant professional councils.
    • If these documents are not in English, they should be translated into English by a certified and qualified translator.
    • The application also requires a passport with minimum validity and a processing fee of US$200.

    BEATS Program

    • Applications for the BEATS program require either a proof of employment for remote workers, or proof of enrolment in an accredited university and proof of financial sufficiency for students.
    • There will be a fee of US$25 for each applicant. A permit fee of US$1000 for remote workers and US$500 for students will also be charged.

    How to apply for Bahamas Work Visa

    Applications for the Short Term and Long Term Work Permit

    • These applications can be submitted to the Department of Immigrations Office. It should contain the completed application form, Letter of Request as well as the supporting documents as stated above.

    Applications for the BEATS Program

    • Applications for this can be done online through the Bahamas BEATS Website, and will require your passport and medical insurance information, as well as the requirements stated above.

    FAQs

    How long can I stay in the Bahamas without a visa?

    • You can remain for up to 30 days in total. The exact duration depends on your citizenship.

    What is the minimum validity needed on my passport to enter The Bahamas?

    • You need a validity of 6 months from the planned date of departure. An exception applies to American or British passport holders, as they can enter The Bahamas with less than 6 months left on their passports.

    What are the entry requirements for The Bahamas now?

    • Unvaccinated travellers entering The Bahamas must produce a new negative COVID-19 PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days before date of arrival.
    • Vaccinated travellers must upload full proof of vaccination, with international travellers being required to prove that they have passed the 2 week period and attained full immunity.

    What vaccines are recognized by the Bahamian Government?

    • The currently recognized vaccines are by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.






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