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Immigration bill seeks to limit work visa exemptions

The Immigration (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is expected to be tabled and debated in Parliament today and seeks to amend the Immigration Act to make provisions for the BH-1B visa and the BH-4S permit, and to also provide work visa exemptions.

The BH-1B work visa, according to the bill, means that a work visa biometric card would be granted to anyone who has permission to engage in gainful occupation in The Bahamas that has a specified commercial enterprise certificate under the Commercial Enterprises Act, 2017.

The BH-4S permit means that a permit biometric card allows the spouse or dependent child of a BH-1B work visa holder to reside in The Bahamas and enroll in educational institutions during the duration of the permit.

The work visa biometric cards and permit biometric cards would contain biometric data and features like digitized fingerprints, machine-readable facial images and biographical data as well as digital signatures.

The bill also seeks to limit the list of persons exempt from the requirement of a work visa or short-term work visa.

The amendment clarifies that exemptions from work visas or short-term work visas would be allowed for any person that enters The Bahamas for less than 14 days and only for the purposes of: attending a conference or seminar as a participant, excluding organizers of the event; attending a trade show or summit, excluding organizers; working as a non-executive director of a business being carried out in The Bahamas but not being involved in day-to-day operations; or attending a business meeting with a local company in the capacity of a chairman, director, shareholder, chief executive officer, chief operating officer, chief financial officer, consultant, legal counsel, compliance officer, accountant, auditor, actuary, medical professional, controller, analyst or manager.

Paige McCartney

Business Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas.
Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016.
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News
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