International

Bahamas Deputy PM Defends Immigration Amendment Bill

Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister K. Peter Turnquest is defending the newly passed Immigration Amendment Bill 2019, surmising there is a “misunderstanding” of the bill’s intentions and insisting that it does not provide for the free movement of people or labor.

The deputy, speaking Friday to reporters on the sidelines of a ribbon-cutting ceremony, said the bill makes it “convenient and efficient” for high-level investors and executives to visit their institutions that are operating in the Bahamas, The Tribune reported.

Turnquest, who is also the Minister of Finance, maintained the country has the right to admit or reject anyone. He also insisted that there was consultation, and while he could not provide specifics, he noted the Minnis administration “didn’t dream this up overnight.”

His comments came one day after the Bahamas Bar Association rejected one of two amendments to the Immigration Act that provides for work visa exemptions to visitors for a myriad of professional and commercial purposes.

Such persons would be allowed to enter the country in 14-day intervals to participate in conferences or seminars (excluding event organizers), attend trade shows or summits (again, excluding organizers) or work as a non-executive director of a business being carried out in The Bahamas, among other things.

Tags
Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker
%d bloggers like this: