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3/22/2017 14:46 EST

My wife and I are thinking of moving from Michigan to Grand Bahamas. We already own a condo there but want to know employment opportunities. I am semi retired having been in residential construction for 30 plus years. My wife has been in the medical field for over 20 years and a RN for at least 10 years. We are wanting to know if any possibilities and best approach to start planning. Thanks, Rob

3/23/2017 09:17 EST

Greetings. If you have read a few of the past posts on employment, you probably already have the ghist. First, employment has to be obtained before coming to the island. What I mean is, you can't apply for a work permit on your own. Only your future employer can apply for your work permit. its a grey area about being here and looking for work under a tourist visa, all depends on who processes your paperwork. Work closely with your employer on this one. Medical jobs should be easy to look for. Always a shortage, contact one of the local Doctors that you already have a relationship with and see if they can point you in the right direction for openings. Construction might be an issue. The law states that you can only get a work permit if you can prove no Bahamian can do your job. And, since there is no licensure requirement or standards for construction workers, everyone here is a construction worker. Best bet would be to contact a local construction company that isn't run by a Bahamian and see what they suggest. Or start your own company with a Bahamian majority owner. (That would be a whole different post : ). Hope this is helpful. If you need more specifics, pm me. Have a great day.

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3/23/2017 09:23 EST

Thank you for the input. Have a good day.

3/31/2017 01:30 EST

You have other possibilities open:
You can apply for a building investor license - even without Bahamian participation - in particular Ltd. corporation as licensee of the Grand Bahama Port Authority.
This requires investment in properties where you can build on.
As for the government:
The land owners act has the details in it. (available on internet)
Governmental approval is required.
Same goes for your spouse if she sets up a company as independent nurse - self employed or also under corporation form. This is a new segment to explore too.

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