Get a Permanent Resident’s Certificate

Government Notice: Please be advised that the Department of Immigration is currently undertaking a project to improve our processes and services to the public. Some of the benefits that this project will deliver includes faster application turnaround time along with an improve customer communication channel. With this in mind, we crave your understanding and patience as we work to provide a first-class immigration service.

If you have a Permanent Resident’s Certificate (PRC), you have the right to live and work in Bermuda and to purchase Bermuda property with a lower Annual Rental Value (ARV).


Under Section 31A, you may apply to the Minister of Immigration for a PRC if:

  • You have been exempted from Part V of the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act 1956, under section 5 of the Economic Development Act 1968 for at least 10 years;
  • You have been ordinarily resident in Bermuda for a period of at least 10 years; and
  • You have been ordinarily resident in Bermuda during the 2 years immediately preceding this application. 

Under Section 31B, you may also apply to the Minister for a PRC if you are:

  • You are the son or daughter of a person who has been granted a PRC under Section 31A, and you are above the upper limit of compulsory school age; or
  • You are the spouse of a person who has been granted a PRC under Section 31A, but you do not qualify for the grant of a PRC or Status.

For further information see for the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act, 1956 and the PRC application form.

The Department of immigration will only accept payment via bank transfers or online payments. Refer to the guidance below for all payments.

Online Payments Guidance

  1. The client will complete the application(s)
  2. Deposit or transfer fees into Immigrations HSBC bank account
  3. Include confirmation of transfer, receipt or screen shot on mobile phone that payment has been processed.
  4. Applications will be placed in the Immigration drop box on the First Floor of the government Administration Building.

Bank account details:

BMD - 010125243001
USD - 010125243501

Online Reference Description: Required for all transactions

Name DOB application type
Joe Doe, 01/12/65, PRC


On application for a permanent resident's certificate under section 31A


On application for a permanent resident's certificate under section 31B


How to apply

In order to make application for Permanent Resident the following steps must be taken:

  1. Visit the department of immigration website:
  2. Identify the  application of interest  then select from list of processes
  3. Download the Application Form
  4. Print the application form and complete the application form with black (for passport applications single sided paper and black ink only) or blue ink. Obtain all required documents based on notes checklist.
  5. Make online payment to the HSBC bank Account to include description
  6. Submit the application and all required documents in the Immigration Drop Box on the First Floor of the Government Administration Building with copy of online payment Confirmation.
  7. A member of the Immigration Team will contact each applicant to advise if items are missing by email, once all items are submitted and the Application is deemed complete the applicant will be duly advised along with the expected timelines.

All queries may be addressed via email to