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Easier to become a Curaçao resident for US citizens

Until recently, US citizens needed a residency permit to live in Curaçao and would need a work permit if they wanted to work here. A US citizen in St. Maarten brought a case against Immigration Services before the Joint Court of Justice and the Court ruled that based on the Friendship Treaty of 1956 between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States, US citizens must be treated equal to European Dutch citizens who come to live and work in St. Maarten. As the Treaty also applies to Curaçao, the Government of Curaçao has decided to allow US citizens to take up residence in Curaçao under the same rules as those applied to European Dutch citizens.
The result is, that a US citizen who wants to live in Curaçao can now apply for a Declaration of Admission by Law, if he can show a certificate of good behavior over the last five years, issued by the Authority of last country of residence and has sufficient resources to provide for his livelihood. There are no other requirements to become a resident. If the US citizen residing in Curaçao wants to work, he no longer needs a work permit to do so.

Taking up residence in Curaçao will result in becoming subject to local income tax and social security, so if you are thinking of becoming a resident of Curaçao, it is always good to inform yourself with regard to these and other consequences. However, becoming a resident has now become substantially easier.
If you want read more about becoming a resident in Curaçao, you can find this in our newsflash.

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