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Moving to Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Islands is a British overseas territory. It uses the US dollar as currecny. There is virtually no taxation, and many people invest here. Its native language is English, and both groups of islands are major tourist centers. They are situated about 600 miles Southeast of Miami, by the Bahamas. The islands have a population of about 36,000 people, 22,500 of which live on Providenciales in the Caicos Islands. The capital is Cockburn Town, on Grand Turk Island. About 90% of the population is black, and 10% is multiracial or European. Its self government is currently suspended by the UK because of corruption.


Work Permit

In order to obtain a work permit in the Turks and Caicos Islands, you must have a job lined up.

You must submit the following documents:

1.       Completed application form signed by you and your employer

2.       Local medical certificate

3.       Two passport photos

4.       Labor clearance

5.       Covering letter

6.       Copy of employer’s passport

7.       Proof of legal status/proof of departure

8.       Deposit

9.       Police clearance records

Once this passes, a letter of intent will be sent to your employer. Your employer then must send a copy of the letter to the Immigration Department, along with any other information, so that a visa can be issued.

Residency Permit

More and more people are buying real estate and investing in the Turks and Caicos Islands. To apply for a residency permit, you must submit the following:

1.       Completed application form

2.       Local medical cerificate

3.       Two passport photos

4.       Covering letter with your address and phone number

5.       Financial statement

6.       Police records

7.       Letter that you won’t take up employment while you live here

8.       Annual fee: now $1000/year

9.       Passport

Moving Pets

In order to move your pet to the Turks and Caicos Islands, make sure it is up to date with any vaccinations and have all of your documents ready before you enter. You must obtain an import permit, and present this along with a health certificate and rabies certificate. There may be additional requirements depending on your country of origin.

Other Information

Click here for information on real estate in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Click here for maps of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Click here for some general history on the Turks and Caicos Islands.


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