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Amended immigration policy for St. Maarten

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.

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