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Traveler Story: 'I Applied For The Barbados Remote Visa. Here’s My Experience'
The obvious disregard for Black lives and a divisive political scene is why Darre is taking the offer from Barbados officials of going to the island and working remotely.
“With everything going on in the world […] I thought this might be a good time to move,” she told Travel Noire during an interview. “Initially, it was going to be to the East Coast, but I decided moving out of the country would be better. I saw an article about Barbados and thought that would be a great first place out of the country to live.”
Earlier this year, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Motley announced a 12-month visitor stamp to draw in people to the island long-term, as previously reported by Travel Noire.
If you’re planning to apply for the 12-month visa, here’s what how Darre says the application process went down:
Travel Noire: What was your experience with applying?
DARRE: It only took a few minutes and they got back to me within a month or so saying that my application got approved. The application process itself was very easy and simple.
After the application is approved, you have to pay the fees and documents to get the 12-month visa.
Applicants will have to submit documents, such as a copy of their passport and birth certificate, electronically. It costs $2,000 for an individual visa or $3,000 for a “family bundle.”
I have not submitted my fees and documents required to actually get the 12-month visa yet. Only my application has been approved at this time.
Travel Noire: Is there something our readers should know about the process that caught you off guard?
DARRE: Barbados wants people to bring money into their country, so you must have a job somewhere else that can be done remotely from Barbados. You can not get a job when you get there. They do not want expats taking jobs from their citizens. This wasn’t surprising so much as something I didn’t really think about. So you have to prove to them that you can make $50,000 USD before your visa can get approved.
Travel Noire: Is there anything you want to tell us that I didn’t ask you that you feel is important?
DARRE: I am extremely excited to move to Barbados. Although it sucks to feel like you have to leave your [own] country, it’s going to be a great adventure. I am always open to new and exciting things. I own two businesses, so with great Wi-Fi, I should be able to work from anywhere.[Just keep in mind] simply applying doesn’t get a visa. There are several stipulations, like ensuring you have healthcare in Barbados, that you need to look into before jumping the broom on moving.
Be sure to read all the fine print for the best experience.
Find out more information about the 12-month work remotely visa here.