This concerns a distressing experience a number of American and Canadian second homeowners are experiencing when arriving in Nassau en route to their homes in Abaco. Since most of these people spend the winter season here, they request permission to reside in Abaco for three or four months.
However, frequently the immigration inspectors allow them only 30 days. As a result those with homes in the family islands have to take ferries, taxis, etc., at the end of the 30 day period (not before) to Marsh Harbour to obtain an extension of their visiting period from the Immigration office (approximate cost $60-70).
One wonders whether this treatment is policy, or simply inspectors demonstrating how important they are. Since their treatment occurs only sporadically, one is inclined to the latter.
Second homeowners have, in most cases, built their homes at substantial cost and while here they make important contributions to the local economy and community. The questionnaire that is attached to the entry permit states that “Tourism is our most important industry”. The immigration inspectors on occasion have a strange way of conveying this message.
-Unsigned (but could bear a number of signatures)