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Are you part of the legion of newly remote workers? Why not work on an island in the middle of the Atlantic?
With many major businesses committing to remote positions for the near future, it’s a great time to take advantage of slow travel. Buy a plane ticket, pack your laptop, and find a decent WiFI connection. No office slacks required!
Apply for the Bermuda Residency Certificate
Bermuda has recently instituted a new one year Work from Bermuda Residency Certificate. You can apply here. The Bermudian government promises a response within 5 business days, and you’ll need to provide the following information in your application:
- Proof of employment or evidence of school enrollment (you cannot try and find work once you’re there)
- Color scan of your passport photo page
- Color scan of visa information
There is a nonrefundable application fee of $263, but I’d say that’s worth it! Now keep in mind, you will have to find your own accommodations while on the island. I imagine it won’t be hard – Bermuda has such a strong tourism economy, there will always be a room to rent. With fewer people traveling right now, I bet you’ll even be able to score a good deal on something long term.
What about Barbados?
In a similar move, the Barbados government has developed a 12 month Barbados Welcome Stamp for remote workers. Here’s the spot to apply (aptly named “Work from Paradise”…). You’ll need to provide the following information:
- Passport sized photograph – Principal applicant and all other members of the family group over the age of 18 (if applicable)
- Biodata page of passport – Principal applicant and all other members the family group (if applicable)
- Proof of relationship of the principal applicant to all other members of the family group
You’ll have a much higher application fee for Barbados though – $2,000 for the individual, $3,000 for a family application. Nonrefundable. Folks hoping to take advantage of this deal will also have to certify that they “expect to earn an income of U.S. $50,000.00 or more over the next 12 months and/or have the means to support myself, my spouse and dependents accompanying me, during my stay in Barbados.” I take this to mean you could live off of your own savings if you’re already retired, or taking some time off of work.
Let us know if you take advantage of either of these offers – I’d love to hear how the application process went!
If only my day job was more remote-friendly…
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