Published On: Mon, Mar 25th, 2013

Strict laws for immigration or tourist visa can have negative impact on Curacao economy

WillemstadWe regularly read your newspaper, thank you for the good articles and advises Immigration may be a topic for your newspaper?

In the long term the strict laws for immigration, or tourist visa, will have a bad image and a negative impact on the economy in Curacao.

Currently, an owner of a house in Curacao can spend maximum 3 months / year in Curacao. The legislation says that he must spend the three months without interruption otherwise the 3 months stay will expire. (people from Holland can stay 6 months).

Citizens of the United States, Canada, and the Schengen countries can apply for a stay of 4 months. The treatment of this request may take up to 4 months and during this time the applicant may not hold up in Curacao.

These laws have been applied very extended till the end of 2010, many exceptions have been approved.

Since 2011, the laws are applied very strict and many owners have resigned and sold their properties.

Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten have a much simpler, clear rule for the owners of a property: Maximum stay per year of 180 days. Maximum stay without interruption for 180 days/year.

Like many other people from Europe and Canada we prefer to escape from the cold winter weather, live and spend our money during 4-5 month/year in a better climate. We know 2 couples from Canada personally that have recently sold their homes and bought a new apartment in Aruba and we also consider such a move if the legislation in Curacao does not change.

Regulations for Curacao

Regulations for Aruba

Best regards

Carol & Hans Mueller

Zwitserland

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