The Bermuda government has launched a purpose-built website for professionals, investors, entrepreneurs and digital nomads who can work remotely, including post-secondary students, to apply for the new “Work from Bermuda” one-year residential certificate.
Eligible applicants can submit their completed form, together with supporting documentation and the $263 fee, by visiting www.workfrombermuda.com. Applications will be processed by the Bermuda Department of Immigration, and the government promises a response within five business days.
A “Work from Bermuda” certificate holder is entitled to reside in Bermuda and work remotely for a full year. A certificate holder’s dependent family members may also reside on the island, provided the remote-working family member demonstrates they can financially support their dependents.
A separate application is required for each dependent family member, and each application is subject to the prescribed application fee. Renewal of the certificate after 12 months will be subject to a fresh application.
Premier David Burt described the island’s COVID-19 testing regime as “the most stringent in the world,” noting its low transmission rates allow its residents and visitors flexibility not seen in other jurisdictions.
“If you are working remotely from home, please take the opportunity to explore the option of working remotely from Bermuda for the next year,” he said. “Bermuda is safe, Bermuda is friendly, Bermuda is close and Bermuda is beautiful.”
Roland Andy Burrows, chief executive officer of the Bermuda Business Development Agency, said: “The trend towards remote working has been growing for some time across a number of industries in financial services and international business, and it has been accelerated by COVID-19. The “Work from Bermuda” certificate allows professionals and higher-education students to continue to conduct their business in a safe and virtually COVID-19-free environment, while benefitting from everything Bermuda has to offer.”
John Huff, president and chief executive of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR), said there has already been significant interest in this opportunity among global insurance professionals and ABIR members.
“The potential for this opportunity is extraordinary,” he said. “Re/insurance is Bermuda’s flagship industry and we are ideally located between New York and London, two other major industry hubs.”
David Burt, Roland Andy Burrows, BDA, ABIR, John Huff, COVID-19