To apply for a Bahamian residency card, you must visit the department of Immigration. You need to present a proof of your status in the Bahamas. Attach this application with your identity documents and a valid health certificate. (see official WebSite).
You will also be required to provide proof of sufficient financial means to support your stay in the country. Additionally, you must pass a general medical examination and interview. Please note that residency cards are only valid for a limited amount of time and must be renewed on a regular basis. If you want to have a permanent residency, read the following.
How to get the permanent residency in the Bahamas.
Permanent residency in The Bahamas (Bahamian Residency Card) is generally possible. You need to apply through the “economic permanent residency” process.
To initiate the process of the Permit to reside in The Bahamas, you must submit an application for Permanent Residence to the Department of Immigration. Along with the application should include a valid passport, two recent passport size photographs, a police certificate from your country of origin. You need an operations plan for any proposed business activity, and an affidavit from two persons of good standing. These persons shall know you for at least five years. Last but not least you need to pay the fees prescribed by The Bahamas government.
Successful applicants for the Bahamian Residency Card must demonstrate they have own a home in The Bahamas no less than one million dollars, as well as have a bank account with a minimum balance of $500,000. They must also set up a business or plan to pay Bahamas income tax on all their worldwide income.
In addition, as an applicant you must be able to demonstrate that you are in good health and that you need the permanent residency in The Bahamas.
If your application is accepted, a Permanent Residence Certificate for The Commonwealth of The Bahamas will be issued. This certificate allows you to open a local bank account, buy or rent property, obtain a local driver’s license and conduct business in The Bahamas.
Bahamian Residency Card for Buyers of Steininger Island
If you buy a Home at Steininger Island, Permanent Residency is granted.