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WORK PERMITS

Work Permits Section 17 of the Immigration Act, CAP. 190

All non-nationals desirous of working in Barbados are required to register with immigration prior to commencing employment.

The types of permits available to non nationals are:

Short-Term work permits are valid for a period up to eleven months.

The employer or 'sponsor' has the responsibility to make the application on behalf of the employee.

Requirements for short-term work permits

  • A detailed cover letter from the potential employer
  • C-3 Application form (in duplicate)
  • 4 passpo4 passport-sized photos
  • A Police Certificate of Character (PCC) which has been confirmed by finger prints from country of origin or any country in which the applicant may have resided for six months or more since age 16. In addition to PCC a Sworn Affidavit is required for countries which do not issue police certificates of character.
  • A copy of the bio-data page of applicant's valid passport

The same documents are required for the Training attachment which does not carry a final fee.

Long-Term Work Permits are valid for a period of up to 3 years. In order to become eligible for a long-term Permit, prospective employers must sufficiently prove that no resident or Barbadian national is capable and willing to fulfill the requirements of the position in question.

Requirements for a long term work permits:

  • C-1, C-2 work permit forms (in duplicate)
  • Completed Medical Form, including external X-rays which must be submitted in report form.
  • 4 passport-sized photos
  • 2 character references on applicant
  • Evidence of applicant's qualifications
  • A detailed cover letter from potential employer outlining the nature of the business, the period of time in which the applicant will be employed, his category of employment and the reason for the request.
  • Two character references on the applicant
  • A Police Certificate of Character (PCC) which has been confirmed by finger prints from country of origin or any country in which the applicant may have resided for six (6) months or more since age 16. Restricted or limited police searches must be accompanied by a Sworn Affidavit. Moreover, a sworn affidavit is required for countries which do not issue police certificates of character.
  • If you are an entrepreneur desirous of establishing a business in Barbados, please ensure to adhere to the following:
    • Proof of the transfer of funds for investment, which should be in keeping with the Central Bank regulations (bank transfer statements are acceptable).
    • Certificate of Registration/ Articles of Incorporation (Original and copy)
    • Related business licenses. Societies with Restricted Liability (SRL) and International Business Companies (IBC).
  • A copy of the bio-data page of applicant's valid passport

NB: THE APPLICATION FEE IS $300.00 BDS BUT THE FINAL FEE WILL VARY DEPENDENT ON THE CATEGORY OF WORK AND THE LENGHTH OF TIME REQUESTED AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD CODE FEE REGULATIONS.