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Bahamas - Apply for Certificate of Naturalization

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Introduction

All other foreign nationals who wish to be afforded the rights, responsibilities, and privileges afforded to Bahamians, and qualify, must apply for naturalized citizenship.

Eligibility

This application is for the following categories of persons applying for citizenship in The Bahamas:

  • Children born in The Bahamas to Non-Bahamian parents who are from Non-Commonwealth Countries;
  • Male spouse of Bahamian citizens that are Non-Commonwealth citizens or British protected persons (individuals must have at least seven (7) years lawful residence-one must be the year preceding the application).

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Instructions

  • Please print form on letter size paper and complete.
  • Submit this form along with specified supporting documents to The Department of Immigration, local Immigration office or to the Family Island Administrator in your area.

Required Information

  • Original Name
  • Place and Date of Birth
  • Father's Full Name
  • Mother's Full Name before Marriage
  • Permanent Residential Address

Procedure

  • Fill out appropriate application form.
  • Attach the completed application form to supporting documents.
  • Submit to the Department of Immigration, along with the fee payment

Application form for Certificate of Naturalization link:
http://forms.bahamas.gov.bs/documents/IMM_citizenship%20form%206%20reg7.pdf

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Required Documents

  • A cover letter of request addressed to the Director of Immigration
  • 2 passport size photographs in colour;
  • Applicant's passport;
  • Letters from all schools attended;
  • Parents’ birth certificates;
  • Certified English translations and originals of all foreign documents with a $4.00 Bahamian postage stamp attached to each;
  • Passports (if applicable);
  • Birth certificate of applicant and spouse (where applicable);
  • A recent medical certificate, dated not more than thirty (30) days prior to the submission of the application;
  • Marriage certificate (where applicable);
  • A recent police certificate, dated not more than six (6) months prior to the submission of the application;
  • Work Permit, Permit to Reside or Permanent Resident (where applicable);
  • Information page of applicant’s passport.

Fees

BS$100.00 PROCESSING FEE / money order payable to the Public Treasury.

Validity

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e.g. Birth Certificate Valid Forever

Documents to Use

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Sample Documents

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Processing Time

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Office Locations & Contacts

Department of Immigration
Hawkins Hill
P. O. Box N-831
Nassau
New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 322-7530/9
Fax.(242) 326-0977
Email: immigration@bahamas.gov.bs

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Video

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0US7oR_t3M" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 
	

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Other uses of the Document/Certificate

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links

http://www.bahamas.gov.bs

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