yes it is possible not to have to be here for 6 months. I applied for my work permit on my 3rd trip down the 1st week I was here and had it in 5 weeks, it usually takes longer. Their seems to be no set rules, even if their are rules on paper each individual case seems to be different, The only consistant is dont use an expidator, they use to have some pull but not anymore. After my 3rd work permit I applied for residency, that took 4 months, also very quick. It took my husband 8 months, usually it takes from 8 months to a year. Its almost unheard of to get permits for the following; Bartender, Waiter,Tour Guide, Maintenance or Repair work. Office work, Medical assistance. Taxi Driver. anything a Belizian can do. Its best to go as self employed with no employees. We are Artist, the reason it took my husband longer to get his is that during that time a decision was made not to give out any more work permits/Residency to artist. However since I had my residency and our business was doing so well incomewise, after a letter from Yassar Musa ( Prime Ministers son) he was approved.