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Bermuda Employment conditions for newcomers Employers will welcome you, but there are strict Government restrictions for non-citizens on this 21 square mile island By Keith Archibald Forbes see About Us exclusively for Bermuda Online Bermuda Immigration Application Form for all non-Bermudian applicants for residence, retirees, work permits, etc.
Introduction Are you looking for a change of locale, working in Bermuda for years only, not with any expectation of making it your permanent home see "No entitlement to Permanent Residency below"on a Work Permit, not to emigrate?
If you are looking for a "permanent" relocation the only way you may be able to qualify is you marry a Bermudian, live with your spouse for at least 10 years and more. If not a Bermudian and not in a position to marry one of the opposite sex, accept beforehand that you may never be able to advance with unrestricted upward mobility based on merit alone, and will never be able to own your own property at the "Bermudian-only" prices, or vote.
Nor will any children born to you and your spouse - unless one is Bermudian - ever be Bermudian himself or herself or be eligible for any local scholarship or award.
With that will come a high quality of life with the ability to beat the incredibly high cost of living, a good climate and geography, nice natural environment and decent local infrastructure.
But if you are not in this elite category of high income earners, you should think twice about coming to Bermuda. This is not to put you off from coming here to work, but purely to let you know what to expect. Know ahead of time that when some employers or recruiting agencies say the "job duration is a 2-year minimum, open-ended" they should tell you that any offer of employment and its duration are always subject to Bermuda Immigration work permit approval when the employee is not Bermudian.
Bermuda is a 21 square mile 56 kilometers in total land area cluster of mostly-interconnected small islands in the north west Atlantic Ocean. It has about 65, residents and aboutvisitors mostly from cruise ships. It is not in the Caribbean but miles north of it. It is not part of the European Community, unlike Britain.
Despite its small size it is an important offshore business centre, particularly for insurance and reinsurance companies.
The World Bank - see http: The cost of living is very high. No entitlement to Permanent Residency All guest workers and work permit holders in Bermuda irrespective of rank or seniority are required to sign a declaration acknowledging that they are not entitled to permanent residency on the Island.
Those already in Bermuda were required to sign the declaration by April 30, The declaration policy was introduced to allay fears of a potential surge in permanent residency applications from guest workers who can, if their work permits to do so are renewed, now remain employed in Bermuda indefinitely.
But not if they are not in work-permit approved employment or if their work permit is revoked.
Bermuda Jobs presently available include See http: Do you own your own home in your home or adopted country? If so, and are being offered a position locally, ask specifically whether the rented accommodation here is going to be bigger and better than in what you have now specify it and what you seek.
And what its price is likely to be to you. If you not currently own your own home, you may be more flexible.
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But if you do, you will presumably expect the same standards and at no higher than the current cost to you. Know in advance that if you do already own your own bedroom home, with a garage, in USA or Canada or UK or Europe, it will not be realistic for you to be offered a 1 bedroom rented apartment in Bermuda.
Instead, to continue your upward mobility and in recognition of your academic and professional qualifications, ask for a house of similar standard to the one you have now. Most of its money comes from being an International Business center or offshore jurisdiction - some would say tax haven for corporate entities not for their employees.
It is also a long-established tourism resort. It has no natural resources of its own in its 21 square miles, no oil, no gas, no heavy industry. It is one of the most isolated yet highly populated places anywhere in the world and one of the most regulated, with controls on what non-nationals cannot do that no other jurisdiction in the world imposes.
Lack of citizenship to newcomers except after 10 years of continuous and living-together marriage to a Bermudian, lack of citizenship to children of non-nationals, plus their consequences of inability to vote, inability to buy property except in certain circumstances only, are merely some of them.
All these mean that for most non-Bermudians including all from Britain who come to Bermuda to work in jobs Bermudians cannot or will not do or want, there can be little chance of staying beyond their Work Permit term, with no security of tenure, no prospects of citizenship, no opportunity to buy a house or condominium at the same price levels as Bermudians.Jan 3 Wednesday pm, Tustin: OC for Climate Action Planning Meeting @ REI, El Camino Real Our January planning meeting will again be a joint meeting with OC Clean Power and Climate Action OC.
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