American Jane Shattuck married Bajan Greg Hoyos and now Jane has applied for Bajan citizenship… a process that is neither easy nor quick NOR SHOULD IT BE EASY OR QUICK!
But… (and here’s the catch) applying for Barbados citizenship should have a predictable path and time line and known standard requirements. Good luck to Jane as she begins her journey. We hope she blogs the details throughout the process so we can have a window on the current situation and the performance level of our immigration people.
“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?”
… Jane of Planet Barbados writes Getting Barbados Citizenship: Neither easy nor quick