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The Bahamas


It is very difficult for non-Bahamians to obtain a work permit, the rule being that no expatriate may be offered a job that a qualified Bahamian can do. Employers must advertise locally and if the job is unfilled, a fairly exhaustive amount of paperwork is then ­required by the Department of Immigration.

Business hours

Banks 9am or 9:30am to 3pm Monday to Thursday, 9am or 9:30am to 4:30pm Friday

Businesses & Shops 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday

Supermarkets 8am-7pm

Exceptions are noted in specific listings. Banks on smaller Out Islands and cays may be open only once or twice a week.

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