Bill #1 seeks to give married Bahamian women the same right to pass on citizenship to their children that Bahamian men currently enjoy.
Did you know that a Bahamian woman cannot pass citizenship on to her child born abroad if she is married to a non-Bahamian man? Such a child can only gain citizenship through an application process which can only be started between the ages of 18 and 21.
Where is the inequality?
A married Bahamian man is able to pass his citizenship on to his child regardless of the citizenship of his wife or the place of his child’s place of birth.
4 Things You Need to Know About Bill #1 (if it passes):
- Citizenship would automatic for a child born to a Bahamian woman, regardless of the child’s place of birth or the father’s citizenship.
- It is not retrospective. This means it would only apply to children born after the Bill has passed and the amendment to the Constitution has been gazetted.
- Children who have not yet reached the age of 18 (and become eligible to apply) but were born before the amendment is made will be able to apply for citizenship as a matter of policy.
- It affords Bahamian women a right Bahamian men already enjoy.