How to Get Permission to Work in Barbados

Updated on July 7, 2019
Audra Stevenson profile image

Audra works as a consultant in the field of HR Advisory Services and Hospitality and also provides Work Permit Application Services.

Working in Barbados

Barbados may only be 430 sq kilometres but it is one the more densely populated islands of the Caribbean with a population of more than 290,000 persons. Interestingly, Barbados has always lured persons from the outside to its shores as tourists and as residents, including the rich and famous . This English speaking country offers more than just white sandy beaches and is a hub of activity for anyone who may enjoy sporting activities, a dynamic restaurant scene, nightlife, festivals and more. The island boasts reliable broadband internet and cellular service in all areas which makes online entertainment and communication quite a joy.

While it is not necessarily easy to emigrate to Barbados solely for work, opportunities are sometimes available for non-nationals that call for a work permit.

The application process is detailed but simple: personal and professional information and documents are submitted by the potential employer to the immigration department. The decision to grant permission, and the length of time that is given on the permit takes a few important factors into consideration that we will discuss below.

Bridgetown, Barbados

get directions

Any person entering Barbados to work, even if they are not being paid in Barbados, must have a valid work permit.

Who Needs a Work Permit?

Any non-national of Barbados will need to have some form of permission to work in Barbados. Nationals of CARICOM Member States may qualify to work in Barbados under the free movement of skills/labour agreement. Anyone not falling into this category will need to have a valid work permit.

Barbados, like all countries will only consider granting permission to expatriates for vacancies that cannot be filled by locals due to a deficiency in skills and/or experience. Employers are required to advertise for all vacancies in the local media and make every effort to find a local applicant who may be able to do the job before looking for the skills outside of the country.

The onus will always be on the employer to prove that every reasonable effort was made to find a Barbadian national, or to show why it is necessary to import the skills and experience that will be brought to the position by the expatriate.

Interns or students who may want to come to Barbados to gain experience in a particular organisation or industry also need to apply for a permit, in this case it will be a Training Attachment permit.

Work Permits available fall within one of two categories: Short TermPermit/Training Attachments or Long Term Permits

When a work permit application is made, it is for a specific position and Employer. This means that the permit cannot be transferred to another person, position or company once it has been granted.

Short Term/Training Attachment Permit Requirements

Short Term/Training Attachment Permits are required for persons who will be in Barbados for a maximum period of 11 months. Typically employers opt for this type of permit when they may be hiring short-term consultants, trainers, employees for a probationary period, need the assistance of employees from departments located outside of Barbados or for temporary employees. This also applies to students or recent graduates who may be looking for international work experience.

Long Term and Short Term/Training Attachment Permits currently carry an application fee of US $150. Additional fees are charged once a permit application is granted. These fees vary based on the position and the length of stay granted.

Documents to be Submitted
Cover Letter
C3 Application Form
Police Certificate of A Certificate of Character from the Police of each country which you have lived for at least 6 months in the past 3 years
4 Passport Size Photos
Copy of Passport Bio-Data Page

Long Term Permit Application Requirements

Long Term Permits can be applied for employees who will be hired to work in Barbados for 12-36 months. The application process is more extensive and requires the potential employee to provide more indepth information and documentation as part of the application process.

C1 and C2 Application Forms
Completed Medical Application Form
4 passport-sized photos
2 character references on applicant
A detailed cover letter from potential employer outlining the nature of the business, the period of time in which the applicant will be employed, his category of employment and the reason for the request
A Certificate of Character from the Police of each country which you have lived for at least 6 months in the past 3 years.
Copy of Passport Bio-Data Page

Establishing a Business in Barbados

You can also apply for permission to work if you are looking to establish a new business in Barbados. Applications will have to be made for a Long Term Work Permit and will require these additional documents:

  • Proof of the transfer of funds for investment, which should be in keeping with the Central Bank regulations
  • Certificate of Registration/ Articles of Incorporation
  • Related business licenses. Societies with Restricted Liability (SRL) and International Business Companies (IBC).

More Information

I hope that this has been helpful in providing some information on obtaining a work permit for Barbados. Excerpts have been taken from the Work Permits Section 17 of the Immigration Act, CAP 190.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Audra Stevenson


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)