17 November 2021
Bermuda to provide a new framework to obtain permanent residency
The Bermuda Government has amended the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956 (BIPA) to allow long-term residents the ability to obtain permanent residency in Bermuda. The changes come into force effective 1 December 2021 and the Department of Immigration will begin to accept applications for Permanent Resident Certificates (PRC) pursuant to the new provisions as of 1 January 2022.
Eligibility for PRC's has been expanded to include:
- persons who have been ordinarily resident in Bermuda for 20 years or more;
- non-Bermudian parents of a child with Bermudian status who have been ordinarily resident in Bermuda for 15 years or more; and
- children born to second generation PRC holders who have been ordinarily resident in Bermuda.
The new fees introduced by the amendments as a result of the new provisions are as follows:
- $10,000 for a long-term resident who is ordinarily resident for 20 years or more;
- $10,000 for a long-term resident who is a parent of a child that possesses Bermudian status; and
- $3,150 for a third generation long-term resident born to a PRC holder.
Please contact the Carey Olsen team if you would like to know more.