Immigration (General) Regulations


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Immigration (General) Regulations
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LRO 1/2008 STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

CHAPTER 191

IMMIGRATION

IMMIGRATION (GENERAL) REGULATIONS

(SECTION 45)
[Commencement 25th September, 1969]

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Immigration
(General) Regulations.

2. In these Regulations unless the context otherwise
requires —

“Act” means the Immigration Act, and “section” and
“subsection” mean respectively section and
subsection of the Act;

“certificate” means a certificate that a person is a
permanent resident;

“removal order” means an order made pursuant to
subsection (3) of section 19;

“residence permit” means a permit granted pursuant
to paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 30
permiting the holder thereof to remain in The
Bahamas otherwise than for the purpose of
engaging in any gainful occupation;

“resident spouse permit” means a permit granted
pursuant to subsections (2) and (3) of section 30
of the Act permitting the holder thereof to
remain in The Bahamas for the period specified
in the permit for the purpose of residing or
engaging in gainful occupation;

“schedule” means one of the schedules to these
Regulations;

“special permit” means a permit granted pursuant to
section 23 permitting the holder thereof to land
and remain in The Bahamas;

S.I. 47/1969
S.I. 41/1970
S.I. 104/1975
S.I. 22/1979
S.I. 34/1981
S.I. 79/1994
S.I. 17/1997
S.I. 57/1997
S.I. 56/2003
S.I. 30/2006

Title.

Interpretation.

S.I. 104/1975.

S.I. 17/1997.

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“work permit” means a permit granted pursuant to
paragraph (b) or (c) of subsection (1) of section
30 permitting the holder thereof to engage in
gainful occupation in The Bahamas.

3. (1) Every application for a residence permit or a
work permit shall be made to the Director of Immigration
in Form I in the First Schedule.

(2) Every application for a resident spouse permit
shall be made to the Director of Immigration in Form II in
the First Schedule.

(3) Every applicant for such a permit shall attach to
his application two prints of a recent full face photograph
of himself not more than three inches long and three inches
wide nor less than two inches long and two inches wide,
verified by his signature on the reverse thereof.

4. (1) Subject to any general or special directions
given by the Board, the Director of Immigration may issue
a residence permit in Form III in the First Schedule or a
work permit in Form IV in the First Schedule, and such
permit shall be valid for such period as shall be stated
therein:

Provided that the Director of Immigration may,
subject to the general or special direction of the Board, at
any subsequent time extend the validity of a permit for a
further period and in such case shall endorse the permit
accordingly specifying the duration of that further period.

(2) Subject to any directions given by the Board, the
Director of Immigration may issue a resident spouse permit
in Form V in the First Schedule.

(3) Every such permit shall have affixed to the face
thereof one copy of the photographic prints submitted with
the application.

5. (1) It shall be a condition of every residence
permit that the holder thereof shall not engage in any form
of gainful occupation without first having obtained a work
permit to engage in gainful occupation in that particular
form.

(2) Any holder of a residence permit who contravenes
any of the conditions of that permit shall be guilty of an
offence against these Regulations.

Applications for
permits.

Form I.
First Schedule.

S.I. 17/1997.
Form II.

Form of
residence, work
permit and
resident spouse
permit.
S.I. 17/1997.
Form III.
Form IV.

S.I. 17/1997.

Form V.

Employment of
holders of
residence
permits.

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6. (1) Where a work permit permits the employment
of the holder by an employer specified therein and such
holder ceases to be employed by that employer, it shall be
the duty of —

(a) the employer, if he is an individual then resident
within The Bahamas; or

(b) the principal officer, manager, or director of the
employer resident within The Bahamas if the
employer is a company registered in The
Bahamas; or

(c) the principal manager, servant or other repre-
sentative in The Bahamas of the employer if
then resident outside The Bahamas,

to inform the Director of Immigration in writing of the
cessation of the employment within thirty days thereof.

(2) Any person who fails to comply with the
requirements of this regulation shall be guilty of an offence
against these Regulations and shall be liable on summary
conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred and fifty
dollars.

7. (1) Where a work permit permits the
employment of the holder by an employer specified therein
and such holder ceases to be employed by that employer, it
shall be the duty of such holder, within seven days of his
ceasing to be so employed, to present his permit to the
Director of Immigration for cancellation and whether or
not such permit is so presented it shall be deemed to have
been cancelled with effect from the expiration of that
period but without prejudice to the power of the Director of
Immigration to issue a further permit.

(2) The holder of any permit shall report any change
of his address to the Director of Immigration within
fourteen days of such change.

(3) The holder of any permit who fails to comply
with any of the requirements of this regulation, shall be
guilty of an offence against these Regulations and shall be
liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one
hundred dollars.

8. (1) Every application for a permanent residence
certificate made under section 13 shall be in Form VI or
Form VII, as the case may be, in the First Schedule and
shall be made to the Minister.



Duty of employer
on cessation of
employment.

Duty of
employee on
cessation of
employment and
on changing
address.

Application for
certificate under
section 12 of the
Act.

Form VI and
Form VII.
First Schedule.

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(2) Every applicant for such a certificate shall attach
to his application two prints of a recent photograph of
himself, not more than three inches long and three inches
wide nor less than two inches long and two inches wide,
endorsed on the reverse thereof with his signature.

(3) The Minister shall on receipt of any such
application forward the same with his observations there-
on for consideration of the Board.

9. Every permanent residence certificate granted by
the Board under section 13 shall —

(a) be in Form VIII in the First Schedule;
(b) have embossed upon it a photograph of the

person to whom the certificate of permanent
residence is granted; and

(c) be signed by the Minister on behalf of the
Board.

10. (1) Any permanent resident who wishes to have
endorsed on his certificate the name of his wife or
dependent child, may make application in writing to the
Minister therefore and the Minister shall forward such
application with his observations thereon, for the con-
sideration of the Board.

(2) Where any such application is approved by the
Board, the Minister shall endorse the certificate by writing
at the front of the same the words: “Extended to include
(full name of wife and dependent child/ children”.

11. (1) Where any permanent residence certificate
has ceased to be valid or has been revoked by the Board
under section 18(1), the Minister shall require the holder
thereof to deliver up the certificate for revocation within
fourteen days of the requisition and shall upon receipt of
the certificate revoke the same by writing across the face
thereof the word “Revoked”.

(2) Where an endorsement of any permanent resi-
dence certificate has been revoked by the Board under
section 18(2), the Minister shall require the holder of the
certificate to forward the certificate to him and the Minister
shall strike out the endorsement by writing across the same
the words “Endorsement Revoked” and shall thereupon
return the certificate to the holder.

S.I. 34/1981.

Form of
permanent
residence
certificate.
S.I. 34/1981.
Form VIII.

Inclusion of
family on
certificate.
S.I. 104/1975.
S.I. 22/1979.

Revocation of
certificate or
endorsement.
S.I. 104/1975. ;
S.I. 22/1979.

S.I. 22/1979.

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(3) Any person who fails to comply with a requisition
of the Minister made under paragraph (1) or (2) of this
regulation shall be guilty of an offence against these
Regulations.

12. (1) A special permit shall be in Form IX in the
First Schedule and shall be valid for such period expressed
in the permit not exceeding twenty-eight days as the
Director of Immigration may decide.

13. Every removal order shall be in Form X in the
First Schedule.

14. (1) Every cruise ship passenger shall on arrival
in The Bahamas complete an arrival/departure card in the
form prescribed as Form XI in the First Schedule.1

(2) Every person other than a cruise ship passenger,
shall on arrival in The Bahamas complete an
arrival/departure card in the form prescribed as Form XII
in the First Schedule and deliver a portion at that time to an
immigration officer and retain the other portion until
immediately before his departure from The Bahamas, when
he shall deliver it to a person authorised by the Director of
Immigration to accept the same.2

(3) In this regulation, “cruise ship passenger” means
a passenger arriving in The Bahamas from a foreign port
on board a cruise ship and leaving The Bahamas within
seventy-two hours after arrival on the same vessel by
which he arrived.

15. (1) Where any ship or aircraft arrives or lands in
The Bahamas from a place outside The Bahamas carrying
any person whose destination is outside The Bahamas but
who fails to continue his journey in such ship or aircraft in
circumstances which raise a reasonable presumption that
the person has remained in The Bahamas, the person in
charge or agent of such ship or aircraft shall as soon as
practicable notify the nearest immigration officer of the
failure of such person to continue his journey.


1 Paragraph 4 of S.I. 57 of 1997 provides as follows:

“Any arrival/departure card used for the purposes of regulation 14 shall continue in force
up to and including the 31st day of December, 1997.”

2 Paragraph 4 of S.I. 57 of 1997 provides as follows:
“Any arrival/departure card used for the purposes of regulation 14 shall continue in force
up to and including the 31st day of December, 1997.”

S.I. 22/1979.

Special permits.
Form IX.

Removal Order.
Form X.

Disembarkation
cards.
S.I. 57/1997.
Form XI.

Form XII.

Notification of
failure to
continue journey.

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(2) Any person in charge of any ship or aircraft or
any agent who wilfully fails or without reasonable excuse
neglects to notify an immigration officer as required by
paragraph (1) of this regulation shall be guilty of an
offence against these Regulations.

16. (1) The Director of Immigration may on the
issue of any residence permit or work permit require the
applicant or in the case of an employee, the employer, to
enter into a bond with or without sureties in Form XIII in
the First Schedule, in an amount not exceeding one
thousand dollars conditioned to secure payment of any
public charges including medical expenses and transport of
the applicant and his dependants to a country outside The
Bahamas.

(2) Every such bond shall be and remain enforceable
until such time as the Director of Immigration is satisfied
that either —

(a) the holder of the permit, his wife and any
dependants have left The Bahamas permanently,
or he has been granted a certificate of permanent
residence or a certificate that he possesses
Bahamian status or the holder of the permit and
his wife and other dependants are all dead or the
security is for any other reason no longer
required; or

(b) the holder of the permit has obtained a work
permit or another work permit authorizing his
employment by another person and such other
person has entered into a fresh bond in the
prescribed form in relation thereto.

17. (1) The Director of Immigration may accept, in
lieu of the bond specified in regulation 16, a composite
bond executed by any employer in respect of any number
of persons to whom work permits may be issued in an
amount deemed sufficient by the Director of Immigration
and conditioned to secure payment of any public charges
including medical expenses and transport of any such
persons and their dependants to a country outside The
Bahamas.

(2) Every such bond shall be in Form XIV in the
First Schedule and shall remain enforceable for a period not
exceeding one year from the date on which the last such
work permit in respect thereof ceases to be valid.

Entry into bond.

Form XIII.

Composite bond.

Form XIV.
S.I. 104/1975.
First Schedule.

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(3) It shall be the duty of the employer furnishing
any such composite bond to inform the Director of
Immigration promptly in writing throughout the period of
the bond of the names of all persons employed by him to
whom work permits may be issued from time to time.

18. The following places are designated as places of
detention for the purposes of section 25(4) and section
41 —

(a) any place used by an immigration officer for the
purpose of his functions at the port at which a
person has been refused leave to land;

(b) any place specially provided for the purpose of
detention;

(c) any police station; and
(d) any prison.
19. (1) Whenever any person is lawfully detained in

custody under the provisions of section 41(4) of the Act in
consequence of a deportation order having been made
against him by the Minister, the keeper of the prison or
other place where he is for the time being detained may
deliver him into the custody of any person authorised by
the Governor-General to place him on board any ship or
aircraft about to leave The Bahamas upon production to
him of an order made in Form XV in the First Schedule.

(2) The release from custody within The Bahamas
of any person detained as aforesaid shall only be effected
upon the authority of the Governor-General to be
evidenced by an order made in Form XVI in the First
Schedule.

20. The ports and airports listed in the Second
Schedule shall be the authorised ports and airports at which
persons travelling from outside The Bahamas may enter
The Bahamas.

Places of
detention.

S.I. 79/1994.

Authority to
deliver or release
deportee in
custody.

Form XV.

Form XVI.

Authorised port
of entry.

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FIRST SCHEDULE (Regulation 3)

FORM I

APPLICATION TO RESIDE OR TO ENGAGE IN GAINFUL
OCCUPATION.

Note:
A. Applicant wishing to engage in gainful occupation is requested

to complete the whole form and to submit with this application
the following —
(a) two (2) passport size photographs with signature on reverse

of prints
(b) police certificates covering five years residence
(c) medical certificate dated not earlier than 30 days before this

application
(d) written references from previous employers
(e) copies of any certificate of examinations referred to in this

application
(f) letter from prospective employer with —

(i) certificate from Ministry of Labour with Notification
of Vacancy

(ii) copies of newspaper advertisement with replies thereto
and results of interviews, if any.

B. Applicant not wishing to engage in gainful occupation is
requested to complete question 1 to 20 and 30 to 35 of this form
and to submit with this application the following —
(a) two (2) passport size photographs with signature on reverse

of prints
(b) police certificates covering five years residence
(c) medical certificate dated not earlier than 30 days before this

application
(d) two (2) testimonials of good character.

PERSONS INTENDING TO RESIDE OR TO ENGAGE IN
GAINFUL OCCUPATION MUST BE IN POSSESSION OF A

VALID PASSPORT.
1. Full name Mr ...................................................................................

Mrs...................................................................................................
Miss..................................................................................................

2. Place of Birth ...................................................................................
3. Date of Birth ....................................................................................
4. Present Nationality ..........................................................................


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5. Previous Nationality ......................................................................
6. Particulars of any change of name ................................................
7. Home address ................................................................................
8. Single, Married, Divorced .............................................................
9. Full name of wife/husband ............................................................
10. Nationality of wife/husband ..........................................................
11. Particulars of children under 18 years of age as follows —


Name Date of Birth Place of Birth




12. Profession or occupation .....................................................
13. Particulars of income while in The Bahamas ......................
14. Financial reference ..............................................................
15. Whether accompanied by wife/husband .............................
16. Whether accompanied by children ......................................
17. Particulars of Passport (number, place and date of issue) ...
18. Date of first arrival in The Bahamas ...................................
19. Date of arrival in The Bahamas in relation to the present

application ...........................................................................
20. Local address .......................................................................
21. Particulars of previous employment in The Bahamas:


Employer Employer’s

Address
Position

Held
Duration of

Employment




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22. Particulars of employment elsewhere:



Employer Employer’s
Address

Position
Held

Duration of
Employment




23. Purpose for entering The Bahamas ...............................................
24. Particulars of salary, commissions, etc. or other benefits to be

received in relation to this application, (state amounts) ...............
........................................................................................................

25. Schools attended:


Name of School Address of School Dates

From:
From:
From:
From:
From:

To:
To:
To:
To:
To:


26. Public examinations taken and results while at school:

Examination ............. Date ..............
............. Date ..............
............. Date ..............
............. Date ..............

........... Result ..............

........... Result ..............

........... Result ..............

........... Result ..............
27. University or Higher Education Centre attended:



Name Address Date




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28. Public examinations taken and results while at University or

Higher Education Centre:
Examination ................ Date .............

................ Date .............

................ Date .............

................ Date .............

............ Result ...........

............ Result ...........

............ Result ...........

............ Result ...........
29. Qualifications held (e.g., degree, certificate, etc. with dates

awarded).........................................................................................
30. Are you in good health?.................................................................
31. What serious illness, or operations or injuries have you

had?........... .........................................................................
32. If answer to question 31 is in the affirmative, are you completely

recovered?......................................................................................
33. Have you been vaccinated against smallpox?................................
34. In what countries have you lived in the past three years, and

where have you been staying in the past two weeks?....................
35. Have you been convicted of an offence? (to include convictions

in any country, and to include all convictions relating to traffic
offences.) State Yes or No. ...........................................................

36. If Yes, give full details of all the offence(s), the penalty, the
court in which you were convicted and the date.
........................................................................................................
........................................................................................................
I certify to the best of my knowledge and belief that the

information given in the application is correct. I understand that the
discovery of any statement which is false in a material particular
may render me liable to prosecution.
Signature.............................................................................

Date.....................................................................................
Dated the .................. day of ................................ 19.........
declared to before me this ..................................................
day of ...................................................................... 19......

Commissioner of Oaths, Notary
Public, Justice of the Peace


FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY





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FORM II (Regulation 3)

APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENT SPOUSE PERMIT
Note:
An applicant applying for a Resident Spouse Permit is required to
submit with this application the following:

(a) Covering letter addressed to the Director of Immigration
(b) Two (2) passport size photographs with signature on the

reverse
(c) Certified copy of marriage certificate
(d) Certified copy of applicant’s birth certificate
(e) Certified copy of spouse’s birth certificate
(f) Documentary evidence of spouse’s Bahamian nationality
(g) Police certificate covering five years of residence
(h) Medical certificate dated not earlier than 30 days before this

application
1. Full Name Mr./Mrs. ......................................................................
2. Address .........................................................................................
3. Place of Birth ................................................................................
4. Date of Birth .................................................................................
5. Nationality .....................................................................................
6. Particulars of any change of name ................................................
7. Place and date of marriage ............................................................
8. Full name of wife/husband ............................................................
9. Particulars of children under 18 years of age ................................



Name Date of Birth Place of Birth



10. Profession or occupation ...............................................................
11. Particulars of Passport (number, place and date of issue) ............
12. Have you ever been convicted of any criminal offence? State

Yes or No ......................................................................................
13. If your answer to question 12 is yes, give full details of the

offence(s), the penalty, the court in which you were convicted
and the date ...................................................................................



S.I. 17/1997.

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I certify to the best of my knowledge and belief that the
information given in this application is correct. I understand that the
discovery of any statement which I made above that is false may
render me liable to prosecution.
.....................................................

Signature of Applicant

Date....................................................
Dated this ................................. day of ...........................................
declared to before me this ...............................................................
day of ..............................................................................................

Notary Public / Justice of the Peace
.................................................................................................................

DECLARATION BY BAHAMIAN SPOUSE
I, ..............................., of...................................., being a citizen of The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, declare that the applicant is my
spouse, and that we were married in [state place of marriage] on the
day of ...................... as shown in the attached marriage certificate.
.....................................................

Signature of Spouse

Date..................................................
Dated this .............................. day of ..............................................
declared to before me this ..................... day of ..............................

Notary Public/Justice of the Peace .........................................................

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

FORM III (Regulation 4)

No. ...............
Ref. No. ...............................
Fee Paid $ ...........................

RESIDENCE PERMIT

Mr./Mrs ..................................................................................................
is hereby authorized to remain in The Bahamas subject to the
provisions of the Immigration Act, for the purpose of residence only.
This permit is subject to the condition that the holder shall not engage
in any gainful occupation without first obtaining a work permit.
Contravention of this condition will render the holder liable to
criminal proceedings and may entail cancellation of this permit.



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Special conditions (if any)....................................................................
..............................................................................................................
This permit is valid for the period commencing on the date hereof
and ending on the .............. day of ...................................... 19............

..............................................
Director of Immigration



Date .....................................

FORM IV (Regulation 4)
No. ..........

Ref. No. ...........................
Fee Paid $ ......................

WORK PERMIT
Mr./Mrs.................................................................................................
is hereby authorized to remain in The Bahamas subject to the
provisions of the Immigration Act, for the purpose of.........................
..............................................................................................................
This permit is subject to the condition that the holder shall not
engage in any gainful occupation other than that specified herein.
Contravention of this condition will render the holder liable to
criminal proceedings and may entail cancellation of this permit.
Special conditions (if any)....................................................................
..............................................................................................................
This permit is valid for the period commencing on the date hereof
and ending on the ................. day of ........................................... 19....

.....................................................
Director of Immigration



Date.............................................

FORM V (Regulation 4)

(Front of Permit)

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
RESIDENT SPOUSE PERMIT NO.

COAT
OF

ARMS

This permit is not subject to any
conditions restricting the holder from
engaging in any form of gainful occu-
pation

Photograph
of Permit

holder

FILE NO..........................................

NAME OF PERMIT HOLDER




S.I. 17/1997.

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(Reverse of Permit)

The holder of this permit is the spouse of Mr./Mrs. ............................
........................ Bahamian citizen, and is authorized to enter and
remain in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas subject to the
provisions of the Immigration Act.
Special conditions
The Holder of this permit must be in possession of a valid passport
______________________________________________________
This permit is valid for the period commencing on the date hereof
and ending on the .......................... day of .......................... 19............

.................................................. .....................................................

Director of Immigration ....................... Date ............................

FORM VI (Regulation 8)

THE BAHAMAS
APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF PERMANENT

RESIDENCE
(Persons other than spouses of citizens of The Bahamas)

WARNING: The giving of false information on this form or in
support of this application may lead to prosecution.
NOTE: This application shall be completed in duplicate and

submitted with the following:
(i) Certified copy of birth certificate;
(ii) In the case of a married woman, certified copy of her

marriage certificate;
(iii) Police certificate;
(iv) Two recent passport size photographs with name

endorsed thereon;
(v) $1.00 Stamp.

1. Date of first arrival in The Bahamas .............................................
2. Date of arrival in relation to Permanent Resident .........................
3. Name in full (in block letters) .......................................................
4. Nationality .....................................................................................
5. Nationality at birth ........................................................................
6. Religious denomination ................................................................



S.I. 22/1979.

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7. Place and date of birth....................................................................
..............................................................................................................
8. If naturalized, state when and where..............................................
9. Nationality of father and mother....................................................
10. Name of wife (or husband)............................................................
11. Nationality of wife (or husband)....................................................
12. Particulars of children as follows:


Name Age Sex Nationality Country of

Birth



13. Passport number, date and place of issue ......................................
14. Date passport expires ....................................................................
15. Present domicile.............................................................................
16. Present immigration status of applicant (state whether work

permit holder, annual resident, visitor) .........................................
17. Details of periods of residence in The Bahamas ...........................
18. Other places of residence during the past five years .....................
19. Present address ..............................................................................
20. Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence? ..................

(If so, give details) ........................................................................
21. Education at home and/or abroad .................................................
22. Character references (names and addresses of at least two)

........................................................................................................
23. Financial references ......................................................................
24. Present occupation ........................................................................
25. Normal occupation (if not as above) .............................................
26. Does the applicant own his own home in The Bahamas?

(Note: It is immaterial whether or not subject to mortgage)
.......................................................................................................

27. If the answer to No. 26 is in the negative, does the applicant
intend to build a home in The Bahamas? ......................................

28. FINANCIAL
(a) Do you wish to seek employment in The Bahamas? .............



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(b) Have you a private income? ...................................................
(c) Is the source of your income mainly outside The Bahamas?
(d) How much is your income?

(i) $10,000 to $20,000 p.a. ( )
(ii) $20,000 to $30,000 p.a. ( )
(iii) over $30,000 ( )

(e) Have you any investment in The Bahamas? ..........................
(f) If so, how much? Less than $50,000 ( )

More than $50,000 ( )
(g) Do you own any real estate in The Bahamas? .......................
(h) How much do you undertake to invest in The Bahamas? ......

29. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE.
(a) What special expertise or skills do you possess? ...................

.................................................................................................
(b) What special distinction have you achieved? .........................

.................................................................................................
(c) Are you willing to make your special expertise/skills

available to The Bahamas?......................................................
(d) Is there any special contribution which you feel you can

make to the development of The Bahamas?...........................
30. LOCATION

In what part of The Bahamas would you wish to reside?..............
..............................................................................................................
31. I declare that it is my intention to reside permanently within The

Bahamas and that the foregoing particulars are correct ................
........................................................................................................

Signature ............................................................................
Date ....................................................................................
Dated the ........................ day of .........................., 19........
Declared to before me this ............................... day of
.................................. 19........

Notary Public/Justice of the Peace


CH.191 – 20] IMMIGRATION






STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]

FORM VII (Regulation 8)

THE BAHAMAS
APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF PERMANENT

RESIDENCE
(Spouses of citizens of The Bahamas)

WARNING: The giving of false information on this form or in
support of this application may lead to prosecu-
tion.

NOTE:


This application shall be completed in duplicate
and submitted with the following:

(i) certified copy of birth certificate
(ii) certified copy of husband’s/wife’s birth

certificate
(iii) certified copy of marriage certificate
(iv) if husband/wife became a citizen of The

Bahamas under Article 3(2) of the
Constitution i.e. by descent, the
following documents shall also be
submitted in respect of husband/wife:
(a) certified copy of father’s birth

certificate
(b) certified copy of parents’ marriage

certificate
(v) if husband/wife became a citizen of The

Bahamas by naturalization, registration or
certification, a certified copy of the certi-
ficate of naturalization, registration or
citizenship shall be submitted in respect of
husband/wife

(vi) police certificate
(vii) $1.00 stamp

1. Name in full (in block letters) ......................................................
.......................................................................................................

2. Address .........................................................................................
3. Place and date of birth ..................................................................

.......................................................................................................
4. Present nationality ........................................................................
5. Nationality at birth ........................................................................
6. If naturalized, state when and where ............................................

.......................................................................................................
7. Nationality of father and mother ..................................................

.......................................................................................................


S.I. 22/1979.

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8. Name of husband/wife ..................................................................
9. Place and date of birth of husband/wife ........................................
..............................................................................................................
10. State whether husband/wife became a citizen of The Bahamas

by Birth ( ) Registration ( ) Naturalization ( ) Certification ( )
11. Place and date of marriage.............................................................
12. State whether marriage is still subsisting
13. If marriage is not subsisting, state how and when it was

terminated
14. Particulars of children as follows:


Names Age Sex Nationality Country of

Birth



15. Passport number, date and place of issue ......................................
16. Date passport expires ....................................................................
17. Present domicile ............................................................................
18. Details of periods of residence in The Bahamas ...........................
19. Other places of residence during the past five years .....................
20. Character references (Names and addresses of at least two) ........
22. Financial references ......................................................................
23. Present occupation ........................................................................
24. Normal occupation (if not as above) .............................................
25. Name of employer .........................................................................
26. Details of income ..........................................................................
27. Does the applicant own his/her own home in The Bahamas?

(Note: It is immaterial whether or not subject to mortgage) .........
........................................................................................................

28. Give details of any other investments in The Bahamas ................
........................................................................................................

29. Has the applicant been convicted of any criminal offence in The
Bahamas or any other country? .....................................................

30. If the answer to the preceding question is in the affirmative, give
details ............................................................................................



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31. Any other information which the applicant considers may be of
assistance to the Immigration Board
.......................................................................................................

32. I declare that it is my intention to reside permanently within The
Bahamas and that the foregoing particulars are correct
Signature .......................................................................................
Date ...............................................................................................
Dated the .................................... day of ...................... 19 ...........
Declared to before me this ......................... day of ............ 19 .....

Notary Public/Justice of the Peace.

FORM VIII (Regulation 9)

THE BAHAMAS CERTIFICATE OF PERMANENT
RESIDENCE

This Certificate of Permanent Residence is granted to ........................
..............................................................................................................
of ..........................................................................................................
in accordance with section 13 of the Immigration Act.
This Certificate is (delete whichever is not applicable) —

(a) not subject to any condition restricting the right to the
holder to engage in any gainful occupation or to reside in
The Bahamas;

(b) subject to the condition that the holder shall not engage in
any gainful occupation in The Bahamas without first
obtaining a work permit.

For and on behalf of the Board of Immigration
................................................................

Minister
Endorsements relating to wife and dependent children of holder
..............................................................................................................
..............................................................................................................
..............................................................................................................
Date ......................................................................................................
No ........................................................................................................

...............................................
Minister



S.I. 22/1979.

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FORM IX (Regulation 12)

SPECIAL PERMIT TO LAND IN THE BAHAMAS
..............................................................................................................
of ..........................................................................................................
an immigrant, is hereby, permitted to land and remain in The
Bahamas for a period of days from the date hereof for the purpose of
......................................... This permit may be cancelled at any time
without reason assigned and is issued subject to the following
conditions .............................................................................................
..............................................................................................................
..............................................................................................................
..........................................................................

Director of Immigration

Date...............................

FORM X (Regulation 13)

REMOVAL ORDER
TO—The Keeper of Prisons at

WHEREAS
is detained in your custody in due course of law having been
convicted by the Magistrate at of an offence against section 19(2) of
the Immigration Act, and having been sentenced to imprisonment for
......................... on the ...................... day of ................... 19 ..... this
ORDER made pursuant to section 19(3) of the said Act hereby directs
that the said ............................... be moved from The Bahamas and
authorizes you to deliver him into the custody of the Bearer so that he
may be placed on board the........................................ about to leave
The Bahamas. For which this shall be your sufficient Warrant.
.......................................................................

Director of Immigration

Date ..............................


CH.191 – 24] IMMIGRATION






STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]

FORM XI (Regulation 14)3
IMMIGRATION ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CARD —

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER
Bahamian Citizens & Residents: complete Section 1 only and sign card at
bottom. Visitors: complete all sections and sign card at bottom.

Section 1. Surname/Family Name


Sex

First Name Initial Male Female





Country of Birth

Bahamas U.S Other





Country of Citizenship Date of Birth

Bahamas U.S. Other Day Month Year





Passport Number





HOME ADDRESS

Street Number/Street Address/Apt./Unit #





City State/Province





Country

Bahamas U.S. Other Zip/Postal Code





Section 2. CRUISE TRAVEL INFORMATION

City Where You Boarded





Name of Travel Agency







3 Paragraph 4 of S.I. 57 of 1997 provides as follows:

“Any arrival/departure card used for the purposes of regulation 14 shall continue in force
up to and including the 31st day of December, 1997.”

S.I. 34/1981;
S.I. 57/1997.

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Visiting

Nassau/Paradise Island

Island Abaco Eleuthera Freeport/Grand Bahama Island





Exuma Other Island





Intended Stay (night)





................................................................

Signature

IMMIGRATION
OFFICER’S STAMP



OFFICIAL USE ONLY
SURNAME



Category Permitted Stay






FORM XII (Regulation 14)4

IMMIGRATION ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE CARD

PASSENGER OTHER THAN CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER

Welcome to the Islands of The Bahamas

Government of The Bahamas – Immigration Arrival Card

For Government use. The personal information provided here will not be disclosed to any other
party.

1. Print in U|P|P|E|R|C|A|S|E within the boxes using BLACK or BLUE ink.
DO NOT PRINT OUTSIDE THE BOX.

2. Visitors: Complete sections 1 and 2 on front of card and sign.


4 Paragraph 1(2) of S.I. 56 of 2003 specifies that the regulations including this Form

commence on the 1st July 2003 but paragraph 3 provides as follows:
“the present arrival/departure card used for the purpose of regulation 14 shall continue in
force up to and including the 31st December, 2003.”

S.I. 56/2003.

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3. Bahamian Citizens & Residents: Complete only section 1 and sign.


Section 1

Surname/Family Name



Sex

First Name Middle Initial Male Female



Country of Birth

Bahamas U.S. Canada UK Other Country of Birth



Country of Citizenship

Bahamas U.S. Canada UK Other Country of Birth



Passport Number Date of Birth(Mo./Day/Yr.)



HOME ADDRESS (Where you live now)
Street (House) Number/Street Address



Apt./Unit Number City



State/Province Zip/Postal Code



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Country of Residence

Bahamas U.S. Canada UK Other Country of Birth



Email Address (e.g. NAME@DOMAIN.COM)



Arriving
by:

Airline Discovery
Cruises/Ferry/Other
ship

Yacht/
Private
Boat

Private
Plane



Airline: Air Canada American Airlines Airtran Fight Number
(e.g. 1234)

Bahamasair British Airways Comair

Continental Delta

US Airways Air Jamaica Other
Airline:



Date of Arrival
(Mo./Day/Yr.)

City where you boarded this plane/boat





Below Completed by Visitors Only


Section 2

Travel Agency Name/Online Booking Agency Name (e.g.
WWW.BAHAMAS.COM)



City of Travel Agency





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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS LRO 1/2006

Intended Stay (Nights) Type of Accommodation (Check all that apply):

Hotel Rental
Apt./Villa

Own
Property



Time
Share

Friends/Rela
tives

Private
Boat

Other

Hotel Name or Intended Address



Trip Purpose: Wedding Honeymoon Vacation Casino Business Other

Number of visits in last 5 years including this visit: First visit 2–4 5+

Signature:
___________________________________________

Check here if you do not wish to receive information on The Islands of The Bahamas.



OFFICIAL USE ONLY



IMMIGRATION OFFICER’S STAMP Port of Entry

NAS GBI ABA ELH EXU

BIM AND OTHER




Permitted
Stay



Category



(Days) 221 220 212 201

Other
Category




Comments:


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Welcome to the Islands of The Bahamas
Government of The Bahamas – Immigration Arrival

Card
For Government use. The personal information provided here will not

be disclosed to any other party.

Visitors: Back of Card SHOULD be completed and
presented to Airline/Cruiseline when departing



Section 1

Surname/Family Name



Sex

First Name Middle Initial Male Female



Country of Birth

Bahamas U.S. Canada UK Other Country of Birth



Country of Citizenship

Bahamas U.S. Canada UK Other Country of Birth



Passport Number Date of Birth(Mo./Day/Yr.)



HOME ADDRESS (Where you live now)
Street (House) Number/Street Address



Apt./Unit Number City

CH.191 – 30] IMMIGRATION






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State/Province Zip/Postal Code



Country of Citizenship

Bahamas U.S. Canada UK Other Country of Birth



Email Address (e.g. NAME@DOMAIN.COM)



Arriving
by:

Airline Discovery
Cruises/Ferry/Other
ship

Yacht/
Private
Boat

Private
Plane



Airline: Air Canada American Airlines Airtran Fight Number
(e.g. 1234)

Bahamasair British Airways Comair

Continental Delta

US Airways Air Jamaica Other
Airline:



Date of Arrival (Mo./Day/Yr.) City where you boarded this plane/boat








OFFICIAL USE ONLY – EXTENSION OF STAY


Extension #1: __________________________

From _____________________________ To_________________________




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Comments:




Extension #2: __________________________

From _____________________________ To_________________________

Comments:

Signature:
___________________________________________

Check here if you do not wish to receive information on The Islands of The Bahamas.





OFFICIAL USE ONLY



IMMIGRATION OFFICER’S
STAMP

Port of Entry

NAS GBI ABA ELH EXU

BIM AND OTHER




Permitted
Stay



Category



(Days) 221 220 212 201

Other
Category



Comments:





CH.191 – 32] IMMIGRATION






STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS LRO 1/2006

Government of The Bahamas - Department Card
Thank you for your visit to The Islands of The

Bahamas we hope you enjoyed your stay


1. Number of nights you spent on the following Islands of The Bahamas:
Nassau and

Paradise Island
Abaco Bimini Eleuthera

and
Harbour
Island

Grand Bahama
Island



Exuma



Andros



Other
Bahamian
Islands



2. Today’s Departure Date (Mo./Day/Yr.):

Signature: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Tourism is our most important industry and we rely on your comments for
improvements. Please fill in the rest of the Card as completely as you can.

3. What were your main reasons for choosing to come to the Islands of The
Bahamas: (check all that apply)

REASON FOR VISIT:

Beach/Pool Relax Diving

Honeymoon Casino

Wedding Conference/Convention

Bone/Fly Fishing Other Business

Game/Deep Sea Fishing Religious Event

Sailing/Cruising Bird Watching

Private Flying Visiting Friends/Relatives

Golfing Other

4. Compared with what you expected, how would you rate The Bahamas for:

Did not
Experience

Much
Better

Better About
What I
expected

Not as
Good

Much
Worse

Hotel Rooms

M M D D Y Y

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Hotel Food

Hotel Service

Hotel Staff Attitude

Hotel Value for Money

Food - away from Hotel

Service - away from
Hotel



Attitudes - away from
Hotel



A feeling of personal
safety



Taxis

Cleanliness of The
Bahamas



Overall Value for
Money



5. How likely are you to recommend The islands of The Bahamas to your
friends and relatives for a vacation?

Very Likely Somewhat
Likely

Somewhat
Unlikely

Not at all
Likely



The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism values your comments and would like to know if you had
any problems in The Bahamas. Please either write comments below or send them to
infor@bahamas.com.

Comments




CH.191 – 34] IMMIGRATION






STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS LRO 1/2006

FORM XIII (Regulation 16)

THE BAHAMAS

THE IMMIGRATION ACT

THE IMMIGRATION (GENERAL) REGULATIONS

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that we

................................................ and ................................................
of ..................................................................................................
are held and firmly bound to the Treasurer of The Bahamas and
his............................................................................ successors in
office in the sum of ................. good and lawful money of The
Bahamas to be paid to the said Treasurer and his successors in
office for which payment to be well and truly made we bind
ourselves and each of us and our assigns jointly and severally by
these presents

Sealed with our seals and dated the .......... day of .................,
20.............

AND WHEREAS we the said ................................................
and .................................................................................................
desire the said .............................................................................
to be granted an Entry Permit and we undertake to repay to the
Treasurer any public charges including medical expenses and
transport incurred by the Treasurer in respect of the said ........
........................................................................................................
or his wife and any other dependant, in The Bahamas.

NOW THE CONDITION of the above written bond or
obligation is such that if the said ........................ and do pay unto
the said Treasurer any public charges including medical
expenses and transport incurred by the Treasurer in respect of
the said..............................., or his wife and any other dependant
or do comply with the provisions specified in paragraph (a) or
(b), as the case may be, of regulation 17 of the Immigration
Regulations, to the satisfaction of the Director of Immigration
then the above written obligation shall be void but otherwise the
same shall remain in full force and effect.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered
by the within-named
and
in the presence of:

} ......................................


S.I. 104/1975.

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FORM XIV (Regulation 17)

THE BAHAMAS

THE IMMIGRATION ACT

THE IMMIGRATION (GENERAL) REGULATIONS

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that we
................................................ and ................................................
of ..................................................................................................
are held and firmly bound by the Treasurer of The Bahamas and
his successors in office in the sum of .................. good and
lawful money of The Bahamas to be paid to the said Treasurer
and his successors in office for which payment to be well and
truly made we bind ourselves and each of us and our assigns
jointly and severally by these presents.

Signed with our seals and dated the ............................ day of
....................................., 20..............

AND WHEREAS various persons are intended to be
employed during the period of ......... by the management of the
Company and work permits have been or will be applied for in
respect of such persons not exceeding ......................... in number
under the provisions of the Immigration Act.

AND WHEREAS we the said ................................................
and....................................desire the said persons to be granted
such permits and we undertake to repay to the Treasurer any
public charges including medical expenses and transport
incurred by the Treasurer in respect of all or any one of the
persons to whom such work permits have been or may be issued
for the purpose of their being employed by the management of
the...........................................Company or any of the wives or
other dependants of the same:

.................................................................................................
NOW THE CONDITION of the above written bond or

obligation is such that if the said ...................................................
and ........................................ do pay unto the said Treasurer any
public charges including medical expenses and transport
incurred by the Treasurer, within a period not exceeding one
year from the date on which the last such work permit ceases to
be valid, in respect of all or any one of persons hereinbefore
specified and the wives or other dependants or any of them the
above written obligation shall be void but otherwise the same
shall remain in full force and effect.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered
by the within-named
and
in the presence of:

} ......................................


S.I. 104/1975.

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FORM XV (Regulation 19)

ORDER FOR REMOVAL ON BOARD A SHIP OR
AIRCRAFT

TO: The Keeper of Prisons at ......................................................
WHEREAS, pursuant to section 40 of the Immigration Act, a

Deportation Order was on the...........day of.................. 20.........
made by the Minister in respect of............... who is presently
detained in Her Majesty’s Prison at.....................................................
pursuant to section 41(4) of the said Act:.........................................

THIS ORDER made pursuant to section 41(1) of the said
Act hereby directs that the said.................be forthwith placed on
board the ................................. about to leave The Bahamas and
authorizes you the Keeper of the said Prison to deliver him into
the custody of the Bearer for that purpose, for which this shall
be you sufficient warrant.

BY HIS EXCELLENCY’S COMMAND
............. ............. .............

MINISTER
Date ......................

FORM XVI (Regulation 19)

RELEASE ORDER FOR DEPORTEE
TO: The Keeper of Prisons at ............. ............. .............

WHEREAS, pursuant to section 40 of the Immigration Act,
a Deportation Order was on the ............. day of ..........., 20 ........
made by the Minister in respect of ....................who is presently
detained in Her Majesty’s Prison at ................................
pursuant to section 41(4) of the said Act:

AND WHEREAS it appears to the Governor-General that
the above named should now be released from detention as
aforesaid:

THIS ORDER hereby directs you the Keeper of the said
Prison to release the said .................................................................
out of your custody for which this shall be your sufficient
warrant.

BY HIS EXCELLENCY’S COMMAND
.....................................................

MINISTER
Date ..................................

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LRO 1/2008 STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

SECOND SCHEDULE (Regulation 20)
AUTHORISED PORTS OF ENTRY

ABACO:

Green Turtle Cay Boats — Seaplanes
Grand Cay Boats — Seaplanes
Marsh Harbour Boats Landplanes Seaplanes
Sandy Point Boats — Seaplanes
Snake Cay Boats — Seaplanes
Treasure Cay — Landplanes —

ANDROS:
Fresh Creek Boats Landplanes Seaplanes
Congo Town Boats Landplanes Seaplanes
Coleby Bay Boats — —

BIMINI:
Alice Town Boats — Seaplanes
South Bimini — Landplanes —

BERRY ISLANDS:
Chubb Cay Boats Landplanes Seaplanes
Great Harbour Cay Boats Landplanes Seaplanes

CAY SAL: Boats — Seaplanes
ELEUTHERA:

Rock Sound Boats Landplanes Seaplanes
Governor’s Harbour Boats Landplanes Seaplanes
Hatchet Bay Boats — Seaplanes
North Eleuthera — Landplanes —
Harbour Island Boats — Seaplanes

EXUMA:
George Town Boats Landplanes Seaplanes
SAN SALVADOR:
(U.S. Authority) Boats Landplanes Seaplanes
GRAND BAHAMA:

West End Boats Landplanes Seaplanes
Gold Rock Creek Boats Landplanes Seaplanes
Hawksbill Creek
Harbour Boats — Seaplanes
Freeport
International
Airport — Landplanes —
Lucaya Beach — —
Hotel Marina Boats — —
Lucaya Beach
Marina Boats — —
King’s Inn Marina Boats — —

INAGUA:
Matthew Town Boats Landplanes Seaplanes

S.I. 41/1970.

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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS LRO 1/2008



MAYAGUANA:
Abrahams Bay

(U.S. Authority) Boats Landplanes Seaplanes

CAT CAY:

(Sufferance) Boats — Seaplanes

NEW PROVIDENCE:

Nassau Boats — Seaplanes
Lynden Pindling
International Airport


— Landplanes —

NEW PROVIDENCE
(PLACES OF BOARDING):

Prince George Wharf Unrestricted—Boats
Union Wharf Unrestricted—Boats
Kelly’s Dock Unrestricted—Boats
John Alfred Wharf Unrestricted—Boats
Nassau Yacht Haven Restricted—Yachts
Nassau Harbour Club Restricted—Yachts
East Bay Yacht Basin Restricted—Yachts
Coral Harbour Restricted—Yachts
Lyford Cay Marina Restricted—Yachts
Bahamas Gas & Fuel

Dock—(Clifton Pier)
Restricted to boats carrying Gas
for Bahamas Gas & Fuel Co.

Blue Hole Point (South
Side) Restricted to boats consigned to

Operators.
The Bar Restricted—Large Vessels.



S.I. 30/2006.

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