Did you know that the non-Bahamian spouse of a Bahamian woman cannot apply for citizenship? The non-Bahamian spouses of Bahamian women may apply for a spousal permit, and then permanent residency, but they do not have the right to apply for citizenship.
Where is the inequality?
The non-Bahamian wife of a Bahamian man is able to apply for citizenship.
3 Things You Need to Know About Bill #2 (if it passes):
- Citizenship will not be automatic for the applicant. Reasons for refusal are listed in the Bahamas Nationality Act, Section 7.
- Even given the right to apply for citizenship, non-Bahamian spouses must go through the processes and procedures stipulated by the Department of Immigration. Non-Bahamian spouses must first get a spousal permit. After 5 years of marriage and continuously living with a Bahamian spouse, they can apply for permanent residence. After a period of 5 years, the person may apply for citizenship.
- It affords the non-Bahamian spouses of Bahamian women that same right that non-Bahamian spouses of Bahamian men currently enjoy.