The government expects to collect nearly $18 million in revenue from work and resident permit fees during the 2019/2020 fiscal year.
The projected collection is a more than $11 million increase from the $6 million forecasted during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.
When asked about the increase, Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette said, “If you remember there was a fee increase last year in the budget time and this is to reflect the actual collection of work permit fees.
“So, last budget we would’ve taken a guesstimate of what was but now we would’ve had several months based on the new work permit fees that went up July 1 last year. This is to reflect an accurate version of what we have known historically which is what the DPM (deputy prime minister) commented on. The budget is probably more reflective now of what the actual figures are.”
In 2018, the government increased the fees for individuals seeking permanent residency from $10,000 to $15,000.
Individuals who resided in The Bahamas for at least 10 years but less than 20 years and who held a work visa and was not a teacher or employed as a police officer, prison overseer or nurse saw a fee increase from $5,000 to $7,500.
People born outside The Bahamas whose mother is a Bahamian citizen are required to pay $1,000 for permanent residence, instead of $250.
The wife of a Bahamian citizen now pays $1,000 for permanent residence, instead of $250.
Work permit fees for housemen, head gardeners, maintenance men, first mates, cigar rollers, receptionists, sales clerks, seamstresses, tailors, tellers, waiters and other professions listed under scale seven increased from $3,000 to $4,000.
Fees for teachers, cooks, bakers, dental assistants and other professions listed under scale six increased from $4,000 to $5,000.
Work permit fees for dentists, casino managers, attorneys, consultants, doctors, editors, managing editors, engineers, veterinarian, surveyor, office manager, maître D’ and other professions listed under scale two increased from $9,000 to $12,500.
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