If you want to remain longer than 21 days, you must apply to the Bermuda Department of Immigration. An extension is typically granted, even if it is not automatic. Your permission must be obtained before the end of your stay.
Anyone who has been granted a visitor's visa for Bermuda must leave within the time specified on their visa or they will be returned to their country of origin. If you have overstayed your visa, you will be notified by letter sent to the address shown on your passport. You will then have to go to a local police station to file a visa application for an additional 30 days.
Those who are found to be in Bermuda without valid documentation may be deported at any time. Visitors should take this fact into consideration when planning their stay.
The maximum period that can be stayed as a visitor is one year. There are no specific requirements for what must be done in order to extend your stay beyond a year. If you plan to remain in Bermuda for more than six months, we recommend that you apply for a working permit. This can be done directly through the Bermudian government office in your home country or online through the Bermudian Ministry of Labour and Human Resources.
At the moment, the normal stay limit in Bermuda for all visitors is three months. A longer stay will necessitate an extension application and permission from the Department of Immigration. Visitors are currently permitted to stay on the island for a maximum of six months (with extension).
In addition, there is a permanent resident population in Bermuda who are permitted to stay indefinitely. These people were born in other countries but have established themselves as citizens of Bermuda and so have no limit on the length of time that they can stay.
People often wonder about the requirements for becoming a citizen of Bermuda. In order to qualify, you need only be a bona-fide resident for seven years, at which point you will be granted citizenship.
Bermuda is a country in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North America. It has two main islands with a total area of just over 100 square miles. The islands are connected by a bridge across Smith's Bay.
Bermuda was originally colonized by settlers from England. Today it exists as a parliamentary democracy. Its capital city is Hamilton.
The first recorded shipwreck on today's Bermuda Island occurred in 1513, when five men lost their lives while trying to drive their ship ashore. The next year another wreck survivor arrived at the island after his ship was attacked by pirates.
You can live in Bermuda as long as your work permit is active, which is normally good for one to five years, but can sometimes be extended. Your employer can seek for an extension or renewal before it expires if no other appropriate Bermudian is available for the job. In such cases, your permission must be obtained from the Bermudian Immigration Department.
As part of the application process, your employer will need to show that there are no suitable Bermudians who are able to do the job. If your employer cannot meet this requirement, they may be required to recruit a Bermudian worker instead.
Once your work permit has expired, you will not be allowed to work in Bermuda unless you obtain special permission from the Minister of National Security.
Extensions and renewals are usually only granted if the original reason for leaving your country of origin is still valid (for example, if you are married to a Bermudian citizen). Sometimes they are also given to people who have been seriously injured and are recovering at home. There was even a case where an extension was granted to a Bermudian man who had been diagnosed with cancer. The minister responsible at the time decided that since there was no way of knowing how long he would live, it made sense to allow him to stay in Bermuda until he died.