1. How long does the work permit process take?
The process can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 12 weeks - from beginning to end. The time it takes depends on the job, advertising timelines and the applicant responses. And most importantly, the assistance we get from the sponsoring Employer. Within 5 business days of our receipt of all the required information to support an application, eg. medicals, police, passport pics, etc and assuming that the ad has run, we promise the submission of the complete application to the Department of Immigration. We will confirm via email when we actually submit and will soon after deliver to you an electronic copy of the submission for your record.
2. How long before an approval?
At a minimum, the Department of Immigration will take 4 -6 weeks to process an application. We will connect with you after the first two weeks whether or not we have any information to report. The Board meets on Wednesdays only so in many cases, we get a reporting by the following Monday, which we report immediately to the Employer. Note also that around particular seasons and holidays, the Board may not meet weekly thus a decision may be delayed a bit.
3. How is the work permit issued?
The DOI immigration issues card permits only which cost $145.00. The card is good for the term of the permit tenure where at renewal, another card will need to be issued.
3. On what grounds will an application be denied?
4. What about processing for people from the Azores?
We are comfortable with all elements of processing in consideration of a Portuguese Accord. When the DOI approves the permit application of an Azorean national, they send the authorized Accord or Work Contract to the Portuguese Embassy. The Embassy will contact the worker, and the worker can collect the Accord (with proof of travel itinerary). The Azorean national can travel and land in Bermuda on the Accord. Soon after landing, we will need to collect copies of his Arrival Stamp, submit to the DOI and request that the formal permit be issued. This will take about 10 days.
4. What do I need to get started?
Go to Forms Page
5. What are the work permit fees payable to the Accountant General?
See the 2019 Work Permit Application Fees here.