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breija replied to the thread Husband seeking help... on the Bahamas forum on April 24, 2014:
ladymaria77 initially posted:
Hello my wife is a bahamian national and is wanting to return to her country, we married four years ago and she is living with me in mi, I wanted to know if I return to the bahamas with her can I live there without getting a residency or work permit or citizenship if I am living with her and her family???
breija replied 1 hour ago with:
The short answer is that no, you cannot stay here without status. Status could be on a spousal permit (spouse of citizen) or work permit. Once you make application for the spousal permit, you have the right to stay, unless immigration determines that you cannot. Once you make application, so long as you carry with you your receipt showing that you have paid for the application, you are good to go - until or if it changes. :-) As dolfie said, though, it makes it even easier if you have a provisional letter, so that if anyone asks, you can show that you are "in process" with permission.
SoulChef replied 12 hours ago with:
You can't just "live" here....I'm surprised that everyone is asking this question. You can't live in my country (US) or Canada or anywhere else without having a legal right to. The Bahamas is the same way. It's a foreign country. People do it all the time but they are usually Haitian or Jamaican and they get rounded up and deported. If you are an American, you can come here for the amount of days they allow when you enter and then you'll have to get an extension or leave and come back. When I first got engaged, it was rather tedious doing that all the time...and expensive. They also need your original marriage certificate for a spousal permit. And they WILL keep it so if you need a another, you should send off for it. I want to make clear to everyone who asks this same question: GET YOUR DOCUMENTATION IF YOU PLAN TO LIVE OR WORK HERE. Take no short cuts, no advice to do it anyway....you'll regret it when they deport you and you can't come back for 10 years. I'm just sayin....
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breija replied to the thread Does residents status allow you to start your own business? on the Bahamas forum on April 24, 2014:
sonyam initially posted:
We are considering relocating to Grand Bahama from UK & are British. Finding it hard to get the exact info re: if we buy a property and have residents status, do we need work permits to start a business/be self employed? I would really appreciate some help with this. Most info I've found is not specific. Many thanks, Sonya
breija replied 1 hour ago with:
I do not imagine for a moment that you are thinking about starting up an "illegal" business, and I suspect that you really are just asking for information because you do not know what the rules are. People who have not moved to, lived in, and worked in other countries really would not know that there are a lot of hoops to jump through in order to be able to do what they want to do. That said, it is not impossible to do what you want to do. You have the right to apply for residency if you purchase a home valued at over $250,000. This type of residency would be annual residency. With a purchase valued at $500,000, you are eligible to apply for permanent residency. With a purchase of $1.5 million, you are eligible to apply for expedited permanent residency. All these residency permits based on "financial investment" are without the right to work. As dolfie has said, you will only be granted the right to work with your residency if you have made or are proposing to make substantial business investment. A business startup that will employ and benefit Bahamians. Unfortunately, there are only a few businesses in which you can be self employed and own your own business outright - mostly in the medical and health fields. Otherwise, you may require a Bahamian majority partner. I defer to dolfie on this, as he has more knowledge about this than I do. Hope all this helps. Feel free to PM me if you have more specific questions.
SoulChef replied 12 hours ago with:
If you come to the Bahamas and start a business without being legally "allowed" you will be deported, trust me. I've seen it happen. You can't come here and just set up shop just as you can't go to the US or Canada or any other country and do it and you're not a legal resident/citizen. Best to do things the right way so you aren't looking over your shoulder all the time. Plus, if you do set up a business and your competition knows you are illegal, 9 times out of 10, they'll report you. Just my two cents....
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breija replied to the thread Construction salaries in Bahamas on the Bahamas forum:
Beno initially posted:
Hi all, I might be moving from the UK to the Bahamas to work in construction. I'm a little concerned about living costs and the salary I've been offered - does anyone have any guidance on what salaries are like for construction professionals in the Bahamas? Or can anyone recommend job sites to check? Thanks!
breija replied 1 hour ago with:
Hi Beno, I missed this message earlier. If you have been offered a job, ask about the living allowance, on top of the salary. many people are offered reasonable living allowances for their time limited contracts here. I suspect that whatever salary they have offered is likely comparable to what they offer construction professionals to come here. In terms of getting a work permit, most companies bringing in expats for construction "professionals" are well versed in how to obtain the necessary permits. I am not sure what your expectations are in terms of lifestyle, or whether you are coming on your own, with a partner, or with a family. All this needs to be factored in. Feel free to PM me with more specific and detailed questions and information if you would like more specific and detailed info. Happy to help!
SoulChef replied 12 hours ago with:
Best get a work permit application into immigration before you come here permanently. An employer has to take it into immigration with or for you. Also, you'll have to put the information and get a letter from the company in order to get a work permit. They won't just take your word for it. If you've been offered a job with a salary already, it's time to start looking for an apartment and a decent one will costs you a minimum of $1000.00 per month. Living costs are high. Take a look at some of the previous postings.
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breija replied to the thread Spousal Permit on the Bahamas forum on April 24, 2014:
Allie0318 initially posted:
Did anyone here have to apply for a spousal permit? I know I have to get a background check from the FBI and medical certificate. Is there anything else I am missing? Also- how long did it take? Our wedding is May 31 and I plan on applying first thing the morning of June 2, but I have to fly home June 9th so I know it won't be done by then :-( I am hoping to seek employment with an organization I have interviewed with already so any help or advice you all have to expedite the process I would greatly appreciate, they are awaiting my right to work update!
breija replied 1 hour ago with:
Hi Allie, Just sent you a pretty detailed PM. :-)
Allie0318 replied 12 hours ago with:
Thanks for the info!!!! I am going to go up there Monday and try to work with the helpful Officer who assisted me previously. Thanks everyone for all of the information I really appreciate it :-)
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debib posted Roommate to share in SandyPort (western Nassau) on the Bahamas forum on April 15, 2014:
2 bed w/en suite full baths in each, liv room, dining room, kitchen FULLY FURNISHED with everything you need. Internet, Cable TV, Central A/C and a complex full of amenities (24 hour gas station, groceries, restaurants, shops, pools, beach) Parking & security. $1,250.00 per month includes all. Looking to rent for July 1st. (some flexibility)
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Kick replied to the thread Passport on the Bahamas forum on April 14, 2014:
Kick initially posted:
I need to renew my British passport. Is there somewhere in a Nassau I can do this or do I need to send it abroad. Any guidance would be appreciated.
Kick replied on April 14, 2014 with:
Ok, thanks for the info, I'll certainly check out the online process.
morepaul replied on April 14, 2014 with:
Your passport can be renewed online quickly.
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realmarabella posted Roommate to share 2 bedroom on Paradise Island on the Bahamas forum on April 14, 2014:
2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment on Paradise Island Professional female looking for another professional to share a fully furnished 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom apartment . Laundry room and pool on the premises. 7 minute walk to Cabbage Beach. $1,300 per month all inclusive. Available May 1st.
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debib posted HELP ME REACH OTHER EXPATS PLEASE! on the Bahamas forum:
I have a fabulous 2 bed 2 bath apartment in desirable SandyPort. I love the location, the many amenities and the apartment has central air, washer/dryer, cable, dishwasher, etc. BUT, I need a roommate for July 1st so I can stay. I am a professional female who works 10 hrs a day and travels often. I am seeking someone similar to share with. $1,250 per month will cover all rent and utilities. Please help me spread the words to others potentially moving to Nassau! check out www.sandyport.com
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Allie0318 replied to the thread Hair Stylist - Wedding on the Bahamas forum:
Allie0318 initially posted:
I was just curious if any ladies recommended any hair stylists? My wedding is May 31st and the only salon I ever usually go to is Windermere West and they charge 120+ for on location hair styling per person (times that by a bride and multiple bridesmaids, etc and as you can imagine it gets pretty pricey). Does anyone know any good hair stylists that might charge less (but still do a good job)?
Allie0318 replied most recently with:
I will check everything out thanks for all the great info everyone!
dandb replied most recently with:
Hello. Allison from Salon de Loranzo is very good. He works with the hotels in the west. Give him a call & see if he's what you seek. 362 0735 /465 3758.
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