Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a mixed status family?
A mixed status family is a family where one or more parents has Bermudian status or holds a permanent resident's certificate but their son, daughter, or spouse does not have either Bermudian Status or hold a Permanent Resident's Certificate.
2. What does a mixed family look like?
These are illustrations only, several other variations can exist -
a) persons born overseas to a parent who possessed Bermudian status, but was deemed not to be domiciled in Bermuda,
b) Families where at least one parent qualified for status under 20B2b of the Act,
c) Children born after 1989 who would have been eligible to inherit status from these parents, but are no longer able to apply due to being too old,
d) Families with at least one child who qualified under the Amendent Act 1994, however siblings residing in Bermuda do not qualify because they were too old or too young,
e) Families with at lest one member qualifying under PRC under 31A and other members gaining under 31B, where those PRC31B individuals hare children resident in Bermuda, who are not eligible for Bermudian Status or PRC.
f) Spouses of PRC 31B individuals who are not eligible to apply for PRC31B
3. How do I apply?
Complete an application supported by the requirements and must be submitted by August 22.
4. How much does it cost?
Bermuda Status / $593.00
Permanent Residents Certificate / $3150.00
Naturalisation / $525.00
Police Certificate / $100.00
Certified Copies / $10 each
Plus: Immigration Consultancy Fees
5. How long will the approval take? Expect the approval process to take at least 9-12 months.
6. What information is required?
See Eligibility Requirements on this same page.
7. Who should serve as Sponsors?
Choose professional colleagues adn associates, persons at church, or at organisations for which you have volunteered, parent teacher association representatives - should be people who have known you for a prolonged period and who can attest to your character and integrity. Sponsors must hold Bermuda status. And further, persons who serve as sponsors cannot offer any other references or verification relevant to the application eg. cannot also verify your employment or tenancy.
8. Can I travel during the time that they are making a decision? Most definitely. Enjoy vacation as normal but we would not suggest being off island for more than 2 months.
9. Can the decision be reversed?
There are extreme circumstances under which the award of the permanent resident certificate can be reversed -
a. if the PRC was applied for and granted on the basis of fraudulent documentation,
b. the PRC is convicted of an indictable offence (in Bermuda or outside of Bermuda, with qualification)
c. if the PRC holder is out of Bermuda for 2 years or more.
10. I have a brother / sister that left Bermuda 2 years ago because there was no path for us? Can he / she apply?
11. Are there any other pathways for PRC?
The only other pathway for PRC other than marriage and family per the 2020 Amendments, is through the Job Makers Act.
12. What are the countries of the Commonwealth?
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Gambia
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- Republic of Cyprus*
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- St Christopher and Nevis
- St Lucia
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- The Bahamas
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Kingdom*
- United Republic of Tanzania
And British Overseas Territories
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Sovereign Base areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia on Cyprus
- St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- Virgin Islands