Getting Barbados Citizenship: Neither Easy Nor Quick

Getting Barbados Citizenship: Neither Easy Nor Quick

Despite being married to a Barbadian citizen, I am not allowed to spend more time in Barbados than a tourist: 30 days. The immigration officials at the Barbados airport check their computer screen each time I enter. They can see how often I visit Barbados (their term; I call it living here) and whether I’ve applied for residency or citizenship.

So far my to-ing and fro-ing hasn’t been a problem because I travel frequently. And of course, if I wish to stay longer than 30 days, I could zip down to the immigration office, stand in line, leave my passport, pay a fee, probably beg a bit … But after procrastinating a year and five months since Greg and I got married, I figured, Why not just make myself legal?

The Brooklyn Bridge in New York

I am a U.S. citizen and was in New York last week. From a cab I took this photo of the Brooklyn Bridge with Old Glory waving.

I hope I’m not jinxing things by saying this, but so far the process of getting citizenship here in Barbados has gone smoothly — only two trips to the Immigration Office were necessary to accomplish the first and perhaps most difficult step: turning in my forms filled out correctly. In fact, in the case of both visits I needn’t have taken the long-winded New Yorker; the wait was just Pleople-long.

I wasn’t sure which would be a faster process, citizenship or residency, so I filled forms for both. I went with all required items: the original and a copy of my birth certificate, divorce decree, and marriage certificate; medical forms filled out by my US doc; passport photos signed by a justice of the peace; passport, affidavits of good character, clean police record from the States; and Greg’s birth certificate and divorce decree; and $100.

The forms I filled out asked me if I’m blind, intend to overthrow the government, or have anal fissures. I’m not, I won’t, and I don’t think so … ahh, smooth sailing so far.

Sunset in St Lawrence Gap, Barbados

Home sweet home in Barbados; I took this photo the evening I returned from New York from the jetty behind our home that juts into the gorgeous Caribbean Sea.

Reading up on the process of citizenship in Barbados makes me think this could take a long time. The woman at Immigration said that I’d be called in for interviews “at some point” and the process overall could take one to three years (at which point I’ll have dual citizenship with the U.S.); Barbados Free Press indicates it could take pretty much forever … well, 12 years.

But at least the immigration folks with the rubber stamps (and the power) at the airport will perhaps look at their computer screen next time I come in … they’ll smile upon me and my good efforts.

Okay, right. That’s a bit much to hope for. But at least I’m on my way.



62 Responses to “Getting Barbados Citizenship: Neither Easy Nor Quick”

  1. Patricia says:

    Hello, I was born in Barbados by Guyanese parents and have been living in Guyana for almost my entire life. I’m a holder of a Barbados birth certificate and passport which has been expired for about 20 yrs, however when trying to apply for a passport in Guyana I was told I’m not a citizen of Guyana and cannot be granted such. Now I am trying to renew my old Barbados passport but I don’t have a Barbados ID card so I would like to know if I will still be considered a citizen and if my passport can be renewed before proceeding to the consulate in Guyana.

  2. Patricia, I must defer to the experts. Visit this site …. http://www.immigration.gov.bb/pages/Citizenship.aspx … and find phone numbers and start calling to ask the questions you ask here. Ask how you can get a Barbados ID, to begin with.

    Good luck to you!! I hope all of this is sorted out; I can imagine it’s very stressful for you.

    Jane

  3. Cameron harrison says:

    How do I go about applying (if elegible) for a Barbadian passport.i was born in England, ’71, half English mother, half Barbadian father parents.
    Adopted in 1972, rediscovered my roots approx 15 years ago. My paternal grandmother until recently was my last direct relative living in Barbados. I cannot trace my father. Married in 2011 in Barbados
    Do I actually have any substance in applying for Barbadian citizenship through my father / grandparents heritage?

  4. Christine flavius says:

    Hello my name is Christine am a Barbadian and I live in St Lucia am getting married to a St Lucian an I want to make him permant residents to live in Barbados the fist step is getting his residencies before his citizenship what documents are required for both.

  5. Kristal says:

    Does anyone know how I can replace my Citizenship by Decent certificate?

  6. John says:

    If a woman wasn’t born in Barbados but moved to Barbados from a young age and was raised in Barbados, married in Barbados.. received citizenship in Barbados then moved to the states. Had a child with a non bajan father is it possible for the child to apply for citizenship by descent through the mother even though she wasn’t born there but her whole life is bajan?
    Thanks in advanced!

  7. Real Code says:

    It is just the process of making specific search phrases, that are relevant to your website
    visible high up in the search engine rankings. It provides flexible operating here we
    are at the employees and one can have pretty large wage along with the
    appropriate spare time. You can get the contact details of the various seo companies by surfing around the globally web and create sure that you
    go through details of the training organization successfully before you
    be a part of your name for having a bright profession ahead.

  8. us vpn proxy says:

    Hello mates, fastidious piece of writing and nice urging commented at this place,
    I am really enjoying by these.

  9. What’s up everybody, here every one is sharing these
    kinds of familiarity, so it’s good to read this blog, and I used to go
    to see this webpage all the time.

  10. Rscoe says:

    Barbados Citizenship by descent forms require photos signed by notary….sign over the image or on the back?

  11. What years of the Industrial Revolution were most impactful for the United States?
    1870s and onward. That’s when people like like Carnegie,
    Rockefeller, J P Morgan, and Ford built up various industries.

  12. Sonja says:

    How to clean new piercing? I recently had my cartilage pierced and I’ve been trying to
    find some information on how to clean it so that an infection doesn’t happen. Apparently you shouldn’t use rubbing alcohol but saline solution or soap and water.

    What do you guys think the best way of cleaning a
    piercing is? Do you take the piercing out…
    show more Don’t clean them at all. Its a proven fact that if you use solutions it will heighten the risk for infection. You
    are to remove the piercing every day to air it out.

    Fresh air does it good, but only for 30- 60 mins so the hole doesn’t close.

Leave a Reply