Barbados citizenship and residency gives you access to a dreamed of tropical island life. Barbados is a small island that has worked its way up from a low-income country to a middle-income economy that has one of the highest per capita incomes in the Caribbean. Barbados offers a number of visas and permanent residency options, some of which are a pathway to Barbados citizenship and a Barbados passport.

The cost of living in Barbados has remained cheaper than in other places, so the island is definitely not only for the rich. Barbados is the third most developed country in its region and the literacy rate is the third highest in the world. The island’s economy is mainly built on tourism and offshore banking, creating plenty of interesting career opportunities in those fields. Access to employment has made Barbados citizenship and Barbados residency more attractive. However, although migration is slowly increasing, immigrants to Barbados still only make up a small minority of the population.Visiting festivals and markets, fishing, surfing and tasting wonderful street food and rum are the perfect ways to discover and experience what it is like to live in Barbados. But there are also plenty of fine dining options and spas to relax in to return to modern life whenever you want. Moving to Barbados definitely doesn’t mean you have to miss out on anything, but it does add a large dose of sunshine to your daily life.

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Barbados Residency

Barbados has a number of options for residency and permanent residency. Some of these visas offer a pathway to Barbados citizenship and a Barbados passport. 

Before you commit to a long-term move to Barbados, it may be a good idea to visit to do some research. Visiting will allow you a chance to talk to locals and Barbados Expats on the ground about the pros and cons of living in Barbados.  You'll also be able to see, hear, smell and taste to get a real feel for life in Barbados.

Barbados Tourist Visa

A Barbados tourist visa is issued for either 3 or 6 months., You may need to apply for the visa before travelling to Barbados. To see if you need a Barbados tourist visa, please use the Visa HQ tool to the right.

Barbados Residency through your Family

If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Barbados, you are eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after being resident in Barbados for a period of 7 years. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

If your child is a citizen or permanent resident of Barbados, you may apply for a parent residency visa.

Barbados Work Permit

All immigrants who want to work in Barbados need to register with the immigration department before they start working. There is a short-term work permit that is valid for up to eleven months, but for a longer stay on the island, a long-term work permit is required which is valid for a maximum period of three years. An application fee of $150 needs to be paid and a number of documents have to be submitted with the application. A medical check is required, a police certificate of character, qualifications and a detailed cover letter explaining the nature of the employment or business and the duration of the employment.

Barbados Person of Independent Means Residency Visa

You can apply for Barbados residency if you can prove that you will not be a burden to the country. The Barbados immigration department does not publish an exact figure for exactly what this entails. Using a qualified and trusted local immigration lawyer will make this application much easier. You can either prove that you have income from sources outside Barbados (this is a defacto Retirement Visa) or that you will invest a significant amount into the Barbados economy by starting a business.






GDP Per Capita
$13,076  (Rank: 56)
Disposable Income
$1,625  (Rank: 51)
Life Expectancy
75.50  (Rank: 61)
Education Index
74.00%  (Rank: 50)
Corruption Index
61%  (Rank: 31)
Murders Per Year
31  (Rank: 46)
Crime Index
Not available
Environmental Protection
45.50%  (Rank: 108)
Gender Equality
73.90%  (Rank: 28)
Annual Tourists
521,000  (Rank: 128)

Government

Parliamentary democracy and a commonwealth realm

Languages

English (Bajan, an English-African dialect, is widely used)

Population

285,744

Population Density

665 per square km

Barbados Citizenship

Barbados citizenship has many advantages, not least a Barbados passport. The Barbados passport was ranked 24th most powerful in the world, with visa-free access to 160 countries globally.

Barbados citizenship through your family

If you were born in Barbados, you are most likely a citizen of Barbados.

If your mother was born in Barbados and was a citizen of Barbados when you were born after 29th November 1966, you are probably also a citizen of Barbados.

If your father was a citizen of Barbados when you were born after 29th November 1966, you are probably also a citizen of Barbados.

If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Barbados, you are eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after being resident in Barbados for a period of 7 years. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

Barbados citizenship through residency and naturalisation

After 7 years of legally living in Barbados, you can apply for Barbados citizenship through naturalisation.



Quality of Life

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Cost of Living

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Safety

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Average Temp.


26.00°C

Rank: 36
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The passport for Barbados allows you to travel to 139 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 51.

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