New Processing Timelines For Spousal Letters

March 6, 2024 | 3 Comments

“New Spousal Letter applications are now being processed in 1 month and renewals in 10 working days,” Minister of Economy and Labour Jason Hayward said.

Speaking in the House of Assembly today [March 6], Minister Hayward said, “I rise before this Honorable House today to share that the Department of Immigration has established improved processing timelines for Spousal Letter applications. It is expected that this change will be welcomed by applicants.

“Spousal Letters are issued by the Department of Immigration to assist spouses of Bermudians who, by the Bermuda Constitution Order 1968, are deemed to belong to Bermuda. An application for a spousal letter is not mandatory – legally or otherwise – but more often than not spouses of Bermudians do apply for it, as other institutions request it. The process has proven quite beneficial to those who need it.

“Once issued, the letter can be used for confirmation of the right to be landed and employed in Bermuda. Over the years, airlines, British High Commissions, Embassies, local banks and other local agencies have come to rely upon the letter as an accepted document in order to grant individuals unhindered passage and access to key services in Bermuda.

“Some of the requirements for the application process include a completed Application for Residence Form (, a police certificate, medical clearance, passport size photos, proof of citizenship, the marriage certificate, and a birth certificate. Although Spousal Letters are not issued with an end date, applications for new letters are submitted because the original letter was damaged, lost or destroyed.

“The processing timelines were 3 months for new applications and 1 month for renewals. Based on the Department of Immigration’s continued efforts to streamline processes, recent considerations were given for improving the timeline for those applications.

“I am pleased to advise that effective February 12, 2024, new Spousal Letter applications are now being processed in 1 month and renewals in 10 working days.

“Dating back to March 2023, I presented to this Honorable House timelines for processing passport and work permit applications and changes to the front-facing interactions with clients who attend the Department of Immigration to submit applications and/or to make inquiries.

“Although the Department’s timelines were impacted by the cyber-attack in September 2023 (as with other Government departments), all of these changes are a testament that the team is constantly reviewing and adjusting its processes. I am pleased that Spousal Letter applications has now been added to the list. In the coming months, I expect to provide further updates of improvements in the Department. Thank you.

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  1. SSDD says:

    ‘impacted by the cyber-attack in September 2023′
    You forgot the SOPHISTICATED. Adjectives! Adjectives! Adjectives!
    Page 13 of the Green manifesto.

  2. Joe Bloggs says:

    “New Spousal Letter applications are now being processed in 1 month and renewals in 10 working days,”

    Dear Minister Hayward, how many days do you think there are in a month and how many hours do you think there are in a day?

  3. Squid says:

    Dear Sir .
    I certainly hope that something will be done soon concerning the time it now takes for
    a simple renewal of a Bermuda passport , 5 to 10 Months is ridiculous .

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