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Work permits for Bermuda

Department of Immigration

A non-Bermudian wishing to reside and work in Bermuda will need to submit the following information to Immigration:

  • A completed Immigration application form and questionnaire (form IQF1)
  • Certified* copies of your qualifications and passport
  • police clearance form**
  • A full-size chest X-ray
  • A medical certificate of good health
  • Two character references plus two professional references***
  • Four (or more) passport-sized photographs

The completed information should be couriered back as a single package.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

You should note that, when your future employer sends you the Immigration paperwork to complete, it is critical that you complete the forms exactly as requested and provide all the information requested. If you do not, you will find that your form will be rejected and sent back to you for resubmission, however minor your omission. Since it normally takes 4-8 weeks for Immigration to process documentation, this can lead to significant delays that will not best please your new employer. Click on the above banner link for the latest information on immigration from the Bermuda government website.

Fast-track work permits

On occasion, employers may want you to arrive in Bermuda more quickly than would be possible under the standard work permit. In such circumstances, they may arrange for you to be granted a temporary, fast-track permit which will allow you to start work more-or-less immediately, the idea being that your regular permit will be processed whilst you are already on the Island.

These permits are used sparingly but usually require the following basic information: a certified copy of your passport, confirmation of your marital status, and confirmation of whether you have any dependants. You will still need to apply for a regular permit as detailed above but under this mechanism it is possible for you to have permission to move to the Island earlier than would otherwise be the case.

*Certified means you get a photocopy of your passport/qualification made by, and stamped by, a notary/solicitor/attorney to affirm that it is an unaltered copy of a genuine official document.

**Candidates in the UK should note that obtaining the equivalent of a police clearance certificate can technically take up to 40 working days so the sooner you make a start, the better. Visit this link or go to your local police station and fill out form 3019b (Data Protection Act consent for what is known as a Subject Access Form) - you will need to take your passport as proof of ID plus a utility bill confirming your address, and it costs £10. This document is the UK equivalent of a police clearance certificate. For further guidance if needed, you can call the Scotland Yard information line on 0207 230 1212. Those based in Canada may choose to make use of a service such as InfoCheck Ltd (form: Consent to Disclosure of Criminal Records and Information). Candidates from Ireland can click here for a Garda Data Protection Access Request.

***Click here for examples of typical references


 
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