The Privy Council has ruled that children born out of wedlock in The Bahamas to biological Bahamian fathers and foreign mothers are citizens of the Bahamas at birth and do not have to wait until 18 years old to apply for citizenship.

In a statement, Prime Minister Phillip Davis said that The Privy Council’s ruling is a significant step toward guaranteeing that all children, regardless of their parents’ marital status, have equal citizenship rights.

“We can assure the Attorney General’s Office will work diligently to ensure the implementation of the Privy Council’s decision and to review the existing citizenship legislation,” Prime Minister Davis explained.


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