Symonette: Despite the country’s relationship with China, Bahamians should not worry about influx of Chinese

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Immigration and Financial Services, Brent Symonette said yesterday that despite the Bahamas’ growing relationship with China, the country should not worry about an influx of Chinese migrants to our shores. “There have been Heads of Agreements entered into with the government, with regards to Baha Mar and now with The […]

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Immigration backlog progressing

The Department of Immigration is almost up to date with work permit applications, according to Minister of Immigration and Financial Services Brent Symonette. “We’re two weeks behind in work permit applications,” the minister said in a recent interview. “One third of those are getting replied to electronically as oppose to in the post. “When I […]

New Immigration Bill not ready for consultation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  The proposed Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill, which is intended to replace the current Immigration Bill, was released prematurely, Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette revealed on Tuesday. “The new Immigration Bill is not out for consultation, yet it was unfortunately put up on the AGs website,” Symonette told reporters before heading to […]

RBDF apprehends 40 Haitian migrants in southern Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A total of 40 migrants were detained after they were apprehended in the southern Bahamas on Tuesday morning by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF). The RBDF said acting on information received, HMBS Durward Knowles, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg, apprehended a 35-ft Haitian sloop off the […]

45 foreign nationals apprehended in joint operation

Rights Bahamas calls on Immigration to cease roadblocks and arbitrary detention NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A total of 45 foreign nationals were arrested on Friday, April 5, 2019 during ‘Operation Western Sweep’ – a joint operation of the Department of Immigration, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. A statement released from the […]

Smith: Proposed Immigration Bill “a step in the right direction but not enough”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Activist and lawyer Fred smith, QC, yesterday described the government’s proposed Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill 2018 as “a step in the right direction but not enough”. The new bill seeks to finally address the long-standing problem of statelessness and the rights of Bahamians to pass on their citizenship. In an interview with […]

AG: Order in the shanty town case amended

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Attorney General Carl Bethel revealed on Monday that the Order in the shanty town case has been amended. “The order in the shanty town case was amended to prevent any building anywhere in the Bahamas that is not according to code,” Bethel said. “The shanty town case itself has not been sat […]

Foreign nationals charged with illegal landing, overstaying

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Six foreign nationals were charged in a magistrate’s court last Thursday, March 14, 2019, on charges of illegal landing or overstaying. According to a statement issued from the Department of Immigration, the foreign nationals comprised of five Haitians and one Jamaican, who were arraigned before magistrate Carolina Evans in magistrate court number […]

Rights Bahamas calls for urgent intervention at Immigration Dept. after US report

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Rights Bahamas is calling on the Royal Bahamas Police Force  (RBPF) to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the Bahamas Immigration Department in light of the U.S. Department of State’s 2018 Human Rights Report. The report, released earlier this week on Wednesday, outlined that there has been “widespread, credible” reports that […]

U.S. govt. highlights corruption in immigration

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – There have been “widespread, credible” reports that Bahamian immigration officials physically abused detainees and officials “solicited bribes” to either prevent detention following raids or facilitate release, according to the United States government. “Numerous Haitian migrants reported being detained by immigration officials and solicited for bribes of $3,000 Bahamian dollars (one Bahamian dollar […]

U.S. Human Rights report points to prison, immigration deficiencies

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The United States has highlighted a series of shortcomings in The Bahamas’ immigration and detention process as well as its legal framework, and said while there have been efforts to improve procedure as it relates to migrants, gaps remain as it relates to the treatment, conditions and imprisonment of people in this […]

11 foreign nationals charged for various offences

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A total of 11 foreign nationals were arraigned in a magistrate’s court on Tuesday on various charges ranging from possession of a fraudulent extension stamp, overstaying, illegal landing and engaging in gainful occupation without the right to work. The foreign nationals appeared in court number eight before Magistrate Subusola Swain. A statement […]

11 foreign nationals charged in court

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Eleven foreign nationals were convicted in a magistrate’s court on Wednesday. The nationals comprised of nine Haitians and two Jamaicans. The nationals were arraigned in magistrate’s court number 11 before Magistrate Kara Turnquest for various immigration offences. A statement released yesterday from the Department of Immigration outlined that the  11 foreign nationals […]

15 foreign nationals convicted in GB magistrate’s court

FREEPORT, BAHAMAS – Fifteen foreign nationals were convicted in a Grand Bahama magistrate’s court on Tuesday, March 5. The foreign nationals comprised of 12 Haitians, two Chinese and one Colombian. The foreign nationals were all arraigned in magistrate’s court number three before magistrate Rengin Johnson and were convicted of the following charges respectively. Delise Gedilis, […]