From the Bahamas to Canada:
Travelling and Immigration Guide

Can Bahamians travel, work and live in Canada?


If you are tired of the island life, curious to try something new or simply want to spend a vacation in gorgeous Canada, you’ve come to the right place. 

Scroll down and learn everything you need to know about planning your trip or the immigration process.

First, let’s figure out…

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There are many ways for Bahamians to come to Canada

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What is your plan for Canada?

If you haven’t decided yet, it’s okay. 

As a Bahamian resident, there are many things you can do in Canada!

Let’s look at the options:


Coming to Canada, even for short-term work, is a great opportunity to improve your financial situation 😉

No matter what profession you have… from a truck driver. or construction worker to an accountant or cyber security specialist… chances are that Canada has a job for you!

(If you are a skilled worker and can prove your previous work experience)


If you want to expand your horizons and get the quality education you always dreamt of – Canada has a wide choice of educational programs. 

Both undergrad and post-grad students are welcome!

Also, studying in Canada is a step towards becoming a permanent resident – think about it. 


Travelling to Canada is an unforgettable experience you will cherish for your whole life.

Impressive mountains, rich wildlife, clean blue lakes… you won’t find these marvelous places elsewhere in the world.

Also, you’ll take lots of amazing pictures – your friends back home will be so jealous! 😍


Once you see Canada – chances are – you will want to stay here forever! 

And the best thing is – Canada also wants you to stay. 

We are a very open country, welcoming immigrants from all over the world.

Why not join us in Canada in 2022?

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How much time does it take to immigrate to Canada?

Depends on the immigration pathway you choose. 

It can take from as little as 6 months to a few years.

Canada has over 80 immigration programs, and some of them can get you to Canada faster than the others.

For example, Express Entry is among the fastest ways to move to Canada (takes up to 6 months).

It’s perfect for skilled professionals with high education and work experience.

Don’t worry – you won’t have to make the choice alone. 

You can hire an immigration consultancy agency to do it for you.

You’ll get an eligibility assessment done by a registered immigration consultant (RCIC) and a report with the best immigration program for you. 

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Even 6 months could be enough to immigrate to Canada.

Do I need a travel visa?

Bahamian citizens only need an eTA – Electronic Travel Authorization. 

It’s much easier than getting a visa!

You can apply online and it will be electronically attached to your passport. 

Bahamians with an approved eTA can stay in Canada for up to 90 days. 

Please note that underage travellers (under 18 years) cannot apply for eTA on their own – a parent should do it for them.

Can a Bahamian citizen work in Canada?

Under most immigration programs and work permit types, yes! 

If your plan is temporary work and not long-term life in Canada, we suggest you get a work permit. 

It’s always better to have a job offer in advance, even if it’s not required by your program (although in most cases it is).

Also, citizens of the Bahamas can qualify for the Skilled Workers Program (part of the Express Entry system). 

If you get selected, you have a chance to obtain permanent residency in Canada. 

Even temporary work permit can be your first step to Canadian PR and even citizenship. 

Is there a Bahamian community in Canada?

Yes! There is even a National Association of Bahamians in Canada.

You can get in touch with them on Facebook and maybe even join them when you arrive to Canada 😉 

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