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Moving to Caribbean Curacao or Bonaire

It’s not easy finding correct and accurate information about what needs to be done before you can move to Curacao. Sources may be unreliable or contradictory. Besides finding your way around the necessary paperwork and official legal obligations, other activities such as finding a house to live in, insurances and shipping your belongings can be strenuous for an outsider from Curacao.

About Curacao

Curacao is a Dutch island in the Caribbean that gained the status of an autonomous country (since October 10th, 2010) within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With an average temperature of 27,8 C, lots of sunshine, and little rain, Curacao has a tropical climate. The population counts over 150,000 people from about 100 nationalities. Dutch, English and Papiamento are official languages, but also Spanish is commonly used. The BES-islands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, and Saba) obtained the status of so-called 'special municipalities' within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

USA citizens have ‘easy access’ to Caribbean Curacao and Bonaire

You may not be familiar with the advantage, but as a US citizen, the execution of your plan for relocating to the Caribbean islands is easier than you might think.

Immigration implies handling specific document requirements, applying for permits, taking out insurances and making investments. Different conditions apply to citizens from various countries. But, thanks to the DAFT (Dutch-American Friendship Treaty, signed in 1956), since 2015, the same conditions for relocating to Curacao and the BES-islands applied to Dutch citizens, also apply to US citizens.

Because Curacao once belonged to The Netherlands and the BES-islands still are Dutch public bodies, Dutch, as well as American citizens, only require a statement of law and will be granted an indefinite permit. A citizen of any other country will receive a resident permit for half or one year only. For USA residents, even Canada is a more difficult country to apply for immigration.

As an American citizen, do I need a permit to work (and live) in Curacao or Bonaire?

Yes, everyone moving to Curacao or Bonaire needs a work and/or residence permit. But, also other permit applications may be applicable.

For Curacao as of September 1, 2016, some applications require digital submission. It is our experience that applying for appropriate permits is more complicated than generally perceived and in almost all cases proves to be problematic.

'Na Kaminda' means ‘on the way’ in Papiamento - and that is exactly what we do!

We help you depart well prepared. Immigration demands a distinctive procedure; you need to follow the right steps, in the correct order. We are familiar with the regulations and the opportunities of the Caribbean. That is why you can consider ‘Na Kaminda' your immigration partner.

We offer full support service in the preparation, submission, process monitoring and finalizing your work and residence permit application. We also arrange the application for your ID-card, called ’sedula’, after you have been admitted to the register office.

Na Kaminda helps you avoid the following problems:

  • first, for your situation, we find out exactly which applications are necessary and which documents (digital or on paper) you require to provide
  • we pay your legal fees in advance. Only upon receipt of payment, Curacao authorities start processing your application
  • after the application has been transmitted, we will remain in close contact with Immigration Services and keep you posted on the development of the process
  • if and when your application is bound to be denied for whatever reason, we can negotiate on your behalf and assist you in the following procedure striving to refrain from paying double legal fees

In a personalized digital file, we will provide a precise list of documents required for the application. This list is tailor-made and may vary from person to person, depending on your background and plans.

We are constantly renewing and expanding our website where you can find lots of information about the Caribbean Islands in general, interesting links, and our immigration services, such as:

Do you have any questions or would you like to know what we can do for you?