The Government of St. Maarten has issued amended guidelines for immigration. The ministerial decree was published in the National Gazette on Thursday.
The guidelines from the Justice Ministry are:
– A cohabitation agreement will no longer serve as a basis for residency; only a marriage.
– The minimum income requirement for a non-national filing for residency for a non-national spouse has been raised from NAf 2,000 to NAf 3,000 gross income per month.
– Persons submitting a first-time application for a residency permit based on a director’s licence must show an initial capital of NAf 36,000.
– Residency permits will be granted for one year at a time.
– Parents filing for children must show proof that their child attends a Dutch side school.
– A first-time residency permit request may be turned down if established that the person has been residing on island illegally for any length of time prior to the application.
– All applicants from now on must provide one or more e-mail addresses where they can be reached, as a requisite for their application to be processed.
Only applications submitted after April 29 will be affected by this new policy.