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Clarification for Bahamas

Old Apr 9th 2012, 8:07 am
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Hello

we are considering relocating to the Bahamas as I've seen our family can stay 8 months without a visa.

I was hoping to seek clarification on a couple of questions.

1. If you were to visit USA and then re-enter the Bahamas, does the 8 months commence again?

2. How regularly could you enter the USA without the US authorities deny you coming back on a visa waiver? We partner would want to attend conferences / seminars every two - three weeks.

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Old Jan 12th 2013, 12:40 pm
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Not sure if the answer is still relevant, but anyway

Initial stay is normally given as 30 days / 4 weeks, unless one can justify longer period (e.g. rented villa for 3-6 months etc). Extension of permitted stay is free, but you'd need to go to Immigration office, they would most likely ask to see a rental agreement or similar documentary reason for a longer stay, and almost certainly would want to see a return ticket / itinerary / confirmation from airline, etc.

Each entry start a new period, so yes, every time you're back from the US, even if it was just a day, it's a new stay, as far as the Bahamian Immigration is concerned.

Had to visit US quite often, while living in Nassau for over a year, never had any questions re: frequency of travel to the US from US immigration officers. Was often asked the reason to stay in Nassau though There's an added convenience of having US border formalities completed at Nassau International Airport, so you'll arrive in the US at a domestic terminal. Remember to have a valid ESTA.

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Old Feb 19th 2013, 5:36 pm
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.... 2. How regularly could you enter the USA without the US authorities deny you coming back on a visa waiver? We partner would want to attend conferences / seminars every two - three weeks. ....
Unless the rules have changed, which I doubt, from a US perspective, leaving the US to visit any island in the Caribbean (incl the Bahamas), or a country in Central America, does not reset the 90 VWP for the US. So, you can't spend 88 days in the US, go back to the Bahamas for a week, then return to the US on the VWP., because per US C&E you are deemed to have not left "the continental US".

So long as you can demonstrate ties to the Bahamas and your visits are short compared to your time in the Bahamas, you should be OK.
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