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Work Permits

All non Bermudians will require a work permit to legally work in Bermuda. Secured by the Employer, work permits are usually issued for 1 to 3 years depending on the requirements of the employer and the type of application. For senior or executive positions or "job maker" type roles, applicants can enjoy renewable terms of 3 - 5 years. Persons employed in "restricted" class type positions, or within the trades will qualify for a 1 year renewable term only. Work permits or permission to work in Bermuda are granted at at the discretion of the Department of Immigration, after a careful review of each application relative to the pool of Bermudian persons to fill the position for which the work permit is sought. A work permit is issued for a specific employer so it cannot be used to secure another job with a different employer under any circumstances. 

If an applicant chooses to change employers, and generally can only do so after 2 years on a regular permit, then another application would need to be filed. The approval time for a work permit can range 30 - 90 days, depending on job category. A short term work permit can be expedited within a 2-3 week processing time.

To learn about the types of work permits for which an applicant may apply, click here. 

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Residency Certificate

Residency Certificate. A non Bermudian is eligible to reside in Bermuda given a Residency Certificate, where the certifiate holder is eligible to live and reside for a defined period but is not eligible to seek employment or work while in Bermuda. The certificate holder must hold verifiable independent income sources to support himself and family.

Permanent residency rights or citizenship is available to non Bermudians via marriage to a Bermudian only, after 10 years of marriage, with at least 7 years residency in Bermuda.‚Äč    

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