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Barbados Welcome Stamp statistics as at December 31, 2023

By Sheena Forde-Craigg

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – As of December 31, 2023, the Barbados 12-Month Welcome Stamp Programme has received 4,937 applications, of which 2,965 were approved (41 percent family units and 59 single applicants).

From the total number of applications received, 65 percent were from individuals and 35 pe cent from families. A further breakdown of the statistics revealed that 64 percent of the applicants are male, while 36 percent are females. Those applying under the programme range from 18 to over 75 years old.

According to the data received from the Barbados Immigration Department and compiled by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.’s, Research Department, the top leading countries whose citizens are seeking entry under the programme are the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, and India.

Those applying under the Welcome Stamp work in various fields, such as business management and administration, communications, distribution, government and public administration, logistics, health science, technology, law, architecture, and sales and marketing.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, back in July 2020, announced the Welcome Stamp Programme, which seeks to assist in diversifying the island’s tourism product, attract a new type of visitor, and generate foreign exchange.

The Remote Employment Amendment Bill, 2021, which allowed for the extension of the existing legislation governing the Welcome Stamp, was passed in July 2021.

The Remote Employment Act 2020-2023 allows for the Welcome Stamp to be renewed, the fees to be paid, and for the renewal of the stamp for those persons who have been here for a year.

Persons interested in applying for the 12-month Welcome Stamp Programme may do so.

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