THE GOVERNMENT FUNDED UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE (UEA) PROGRAMME
In an effort to bring financial support to Self-Employed Bahamians whose income sources have been disrupted by COVID-19, the Government of The Bahamas has initiated The Government Funded Unemployment Assistance (UEA) Programme.
Instructions For The Self-Employed In The Tourism Industry & Other Sectors Assistance Entitlement & Duration
Although the Unemployment Assistance programme is administered by the National Insurance Board it is outside of the NIB’s package of benefits; it is not an earned entitlement; does not require the satisfying of National Insurance contribution conditions; and does not require the Department of Labour’s involvement.
Self-employed Bahamians, working directly in the tourism industry OR any other sector, who are not employed in any other capacity and without any other streams of income from employment can apply. Self-employed persons must be currently registered with NIB; if you are not registered, you will be registered at the time of the application.
Successful applicants will receive $200 per week for a maximum of 8 weeks (as long as you remain unemployed).
Supporting Documentation (at least one form of personal identification) such as: -
Persons claiming the assistance must prove that they are self-employed by presenting at least one of the following supporting documents wherever relevant and/or applicable:
Business License (Mandatory for applicants except Jitney Drivers; Optional for applicants in the Tourism Industry).
Letter from hotel allowing you to work from their property (Tourism Industry only).
Relevant association membership letter (Tourism Industry only).
Straw Market permit / invoice (Tourism Industry only).
Business receipts which show purchases related to your business (Tourism Industry and any other sector).
Public Service Drivers Badge (for Jitney Drivers).
Any other documentation which can show that you work as a self-employed person (in the tourism industry and any other sector).
How to apply online
Self-Employed Persons in the Tourism Industry and any other Sector wishing to make application for the Government Funded Unemployment Assistance (UEA) Programme can complete and submit the application form below (press Ctrl and Click to follow link:
How to obtain a Self-Employed Certificate from NIB
Self-employed persons must be currently registered with NIB. If you are not registered, you will be required to register before you submit your application. To register, complete the Registration Form (R1 Registration Form). Submit the form along with a colour copy of your passport or Voter’s Card to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIB Partners with SunCash to Pay Government’s Unemployment Assistance to the Self-Employed
The National Insurance Board has partnered with SunCash, a regulated Supervised Financial Institution, Non-Bank Money Transmission Service Provider, to provide safe and timely payment option(s) to approved self-employed persons who have not provided NIB with current or correct banking information on their applications.
There is no need to visit any NIB offices. Customers will receive an email notification advising them of payment. Your funds will be received safely at a SunCash Store. Please have your NIB Card available. Funds can also be applied to the SunCash mobile wallet via the SunCash Mobile App.
Persons receiving payments through SunCash can contact SunCash Customer Services at 393-4778 or toll free 242-300-4786 (4SUN) or WhatsApp at 829-9837 or 829-9838 or via e-mail at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persons who opted to receive Cheques can collect from designated NIB Offices. A collection schedule will be issued to ensure appropriate social distancing.
Should you have a question for NIB about a specific issue, please submit your inquiry to email@example.com or call the Consumer Hotlines: (242) 325-4653, (242) 325-4655 or Toll-free from the Family Islands: (242) 300-1394.