Coming to the United Kingdom
The High Commission can offer general advice to Bahamians wishing to come to the United Kingdom for various purposes. However, for detailed information and guidelines, please visit the website of the UK Border Agency.
At present, holders of Bahamian Passports do not require visas to visit the United Kingdom. In order to come to the United Kingdom as a general visitor, you must be able to show that:
- you are 18 or over;
- you only want to visit the United Kingdom for up to six months, or up to 12 months if you are accompanying an academic visitor;
- you intend to leave the United Kingdom at the end of your visit;
- you have enough money to support and accommodate yourself without working or help from public funds, or you and any dependants will be supported and accommodated by relatives or friends;
- you can meet the cost of the return or onward journey; and
- you are not in transit to a country outside the Common Travel Area.
You must also show that, during your visit, you do not intend to:
- take employment, produce goods or provide services;
- undertake a course of study;
- marry or form a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership;
- carry out the activities of a business visitor, a sports visitor or an entertainer visitor; or
- receive private medical treatment.
Bahamians should ensure that they read the eligibility requirements in full before applying to work in the United Kingdom, as each category has different requirements. During 2008 and 2009 the United Kingdom Government introduced a new points-based system. This system replaces most of the pre-existing work-based categories. Detailed information may be found on the Border Agency's website.
The child student visa is for people coming to or remaining in the United Kingdom to be educated between 4 and 17 years old. Children between 4 and 15 years old must be educated at independent fee-paying schools.
If you are 16 and 17 years old, you can choose whether to apply as an adult or child student, depending on the type and level of course you want to study.
Bahamian students may apply for an adult student visa if coming to the United Kingdom for his/her post-16 education.
Under the new points-based system, 40 points are needed to be able to apply for a student visa, as follows:
|Points||What you get points for||Proof and documents needed|
|30||Doing a course (at an acceptable level) with an approved education provider (also known as sponsorship)||Visa letter from your approved education provider, and the documents used to get the visa letter|
|10||Having enough money to cover your course fees and monthly living costs (also known as maintenance)||Bank statement or letter confirming that you have enough money available to cover your course fees and monthly living costs for up to one year, at the time you submit your application|
You must also arrange to have your photograph taken and give your fingerprints, which are known as biometric information. Bahamian students should lodge their applications and make an appointment to submit the biometric information via the British Consulate-General in New York.
For more information, application forms, and so on, please visit:
Source: UK Border Agency
9 September 2009