GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana has approved legislation to make it easier for families from other Caribbean trade bloc nations to live and work in the South American country.

The legislation will help spouses of teachers, nurses, pilots and some other workers get work permits and other documents themselves. It's part of Caricom's drive to create a single market for the region. Guyana serves as Caricom's headquarters and is the first of 15 member nations to approve such legislation.

Guyana's Parliament approved the measure late Thursday.