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Moving to Curaçao? We’ve got you covered. Here, we’ll answer common inquiries on immigration and acquiring a residence permit so you will get a better understanding of the process.

  • At what point would I require a residence permit in Curaçao?

    If you plan on staying longer in Curacao than the allowed period as a tourist, you'll need a residence permit. The length of your tourist stay varies depending on your nationality:
    • American and Dutch citizens can stay up to 6 months per year as tourists and don't require a residence permit, but need a declaration of law instead.
    • European citizens, Canadians, Japanese, English, and others can stay up to 3 months as tourists per year.
    • Those from other nationalities not mentioned above can only stay for 30 days as tourists and can request a Tourist extension process for up to 90 days per year.
    To extend your stay by an additional six months, you can apply for a short-stay permit if you're a digital nomad, have sufficient income to cover your stay, or own property or a yacht. It's essential to note that you can't wait for the permit's decision on the island, as you can only stay if you have tourist days remaining. Thus, it's advisable to consult our lawyers in advance.

  • What criteria must I meet to determine my eligibility?

    Curaçao provides multiple residential options, and we are available to assist you in finding the perfect one that suits your specific needs. Our team of specialists assesses your personal situation thoroughly to ensure successful outcomes, despite varying requirements for each category. Begin your journey towards residency in Curaçao by checking your qualification for free today and take the first step towards achieving your ideal life in paradise.

  • How can I apply for obtaining a Curaçao Residency Permit?

    At the moment, individuals from different nationalities who wish to apply for a residence permit are required to send an email to However, the Immigration department's Admission Office in Curacao is in the process of creating a new website that will soon replace the current email system for all applications. To ensure that you have the most up-to-date information, it is recommended to seek assistance from an expert.

  • What are the essential things to keep in mind when applying for a Curaçao Residency Permit?

    If you're not a US or Dutch citizen and are planning to live in Curaçao, your first step will be obtaining a residence permit. The process can be more complicated for non-Dutch citizens, as there are several requirements that must be met. However, our team of experts can assist you in meeting these requirements and obtaining a temporary residency permit, which is valid for a year and can be renewed annually. One important requirement is demonstrating sufficient financial means to support yourself. After submitting your application, it may take up to four months for a decision to be made by the authorities. If your application is approved, you'll need to pay a security deposit before receiving your permit. This deposit varies based on your country of origin and will be refunded when you leave Curaçao.
    It's important to note that in most cases, you won't be allowed to work unless you obtain a separate work permit. And when it comes to healthcare, you'll need to purchase a local private health insurance policy, as you won't be entitled to the public health insurance provided by Curacao's SVB. Ask for a free quotation today and see if you're eligible.

  • What are the requirements for migrating to Curacao?

    Before beginning the application process for immigration, it is crucial to ensure that all the necessary documents are in place. Since there is no universal solution, it is wise to consult an immigration expert who can provide the most recent information to avoid rejections, delays, and problems with the application. A few standard requirements include:
    • a valid passport
    • birth certificate (subject to legalization or apostille based on country of origin)
    • a recent police clearance certificate
    • evidence of adequate financial resources
    Depending on individual circumstances, other documents and conditions may also be necessary. By booking an online appointment, individuals can obtain a comprehensive evaluation of their case and a personalized list of required documents for immigration.

  • What is the estimated duration for immigrating to Curacao?

    When applying for a residence permit in Curacao, it is important to keep in mind that the processing time is typically four months, but delays and other issues can cause it to take longer. To ensure that your application is being processed in a timely manner, it is recommended to seek the assistance of an immigration expert who can follow up with the immigration office on your behalf. For those planning to work in Curacao, an additional work permit application is required, adding up to four or five more months to the process. However, citizens of the Netherlands and the United States do not need a work permit to be employed. Additionally, depending on your nationality, a Dutch Caribbean visa may be required for entry to Curacao after your residence permit has been approved. Given the various factors involved in relocating to Curacao, it is crucial to seek professional guidance to fully understand the process and plan accordingly.

  • When is advisable to start the process?

    It is advisable to initiate the process at least 4 months prior to the desired moving date.

  • What is the duration of validity for a residency permit before it needs to be renewed?

    In order to acquire an indefinite residency permit, it is essential to renew your residency permit for 10 years within the specified time frame. Additionally, those who have resided uninterruptedly in the Netherlands for five years, or three years for spouses of Dutch citizens, may become Dutch citizens through naturalization. What is the duration of validity for a residency permit before it needs to be renewed?

  • Essential Information for US or Dutch Citizens.

    Individuals who are American citizens or Dutch nationals but not born on the island of Curacao can gain automatic admission as long as they possess a certificate of good conduct, adequate housing, and sufficient means to support themselves. They do not need a work permit to stay in Curacao and instead can obtain a declaration of rights (Verklaring van Rechtswege) which essentially serves as a long-term residence permit. The Dutch American Friendship Treaty's Article 3 allows US citizens to obtain a permanent residency permit without needing to apply for a separate work permit. If you're interested in starting a new life in the Dutch Caribbean, it's recommended that you schedule an appointment to learn about the specific requirements for obtaining a long-term residence permit in Curacao before making any travel plans.

  • My Curaçao immigration declaration of law was stamped for a validity of 5 years in my passport, and my local ID also has a 5-year expiration.

    After obtaining a declaration of rights, individuals can reside and work in Curaçao without any time constraints. The stamp on the declaration of rights is valid for five years, corresponding with the expiration date of the local ID. Prior to the stamp's expiration, individuals can renew both the stamp and the local ID by scheduling an appointment with immigration and the civil registry, known as "Kranshi."

  • How come Americans enjoy more benefits compared to Europeans?

    Back in 1956, The United States of America and The Kingdom of the Netherlands established The DAFT, a bilateral agreement focused on promoting closer economic and cultural ties between the two nations and their citizens. Within The DAFT Protocol, Article 3 stipulates that U.S. citizens residing in the Dutch Caribbean are entitled to the same treatment as Dutch nationals who weren't born in the Dutch Caribbean.

  • Is it a simple process to immigrate to Curacao?

    The Curaçao Immigration application process can differ based on your nationality. For those who hold Dutch or US citizenship, the process is relatively uncomplicated compared to those from other countries. Therefore, it is crucial to seek professional advice to ensure a seamless and prosperous experience. Schedule an appointment today to receive the correct guidance.

  • How much does it cost to immigrate to Curaçao and is it an expensive process?

    When it comes to immigrating to Curacao, the cost can vary depending on the type of visa or permit you need. Generally, fees for visas or residency permits can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and you may also need to cover additional costs like processing fees, health insurance, and administrative fees. To avoid unexpected expenses, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of the specific costs associated with your application before beginning the process. Our online appointment will provide you with a personalized package that outlines all the expenses relevant to your unique needs, so you can have a full understanding of the total cost and avoid any unexpected charges.

  • What advantages does immigrating to Curacao offer?

    Curacao is a stunning destination that promises an exceptional quality of life, delightful weather, and a sense of relaxation and happiness. With its multilingual community, you can easily communicate and integrate with locals who speak English, Dutch, Spanish, and Papiamentu. You can experience a stable economy, high living standards, and a rich culture in Curacao, all while enjoying affordable housing, diverse job opportunities, and exciting activities. Moreover, becoming a Dutch citizen is a coveted perk that can be achieved through naturalization after five years of uninterrupted residency (or three years if you're married to a Dutch citizen). Contact us today to discover your eligibility for Dutch nationality. 

  • What difficulties can one face when immigrating to Curacao?

    Moving to Curacao can come with its own set of obstacles, including navigating cultural differences and navigating the complicated and lengthy process of obtaining a work permit or starting a business. Thus, it's crucial to adequately prepare, understand your options, and manage expectations before you make the decision to relocate.

  • After receiving approval for my permit, what requirements do I need to fulfill in order to enter Curaçao?

    Once you get your residence permit in Curacao you will have to follow some steps to collect your permit and acquire your resident status.
    Visas: If your country requires a visa, make sure you apply before traveling to Curacao for a long-stay visa for the Dutch Caribbean. (other service forms)
    Additionally, you will need to fill out a digital immigration card and print it together with your residence permit approved to present at customs at the airport. Make sure you check with your immigration lawyer before traveling if any additional measurement is required.
    Health insurance: One of the first things to do is to purchase local health insurance, one of the conditions of your residence permit is to always have valid health insurance for the duration of your stay. Ask for a quotation for free.
    Since 2014 any expat is covered by the local health insurance “SVB” not even when the ex-pat has a valid work permit and has an accident in the workplace. To make things worse not all the local private health insurance cover accidents in the workplace so it is pivotal that you check what your health insurance covers. Contact us for a FREE advice (another service form) with our brokers and have a look to our blog “Everything you need to know about health insurance in Curacao”
    If you are an investor or a pensioner international health insurance might be accepted if mentions that cover RESIDENCE in Curacao.
    Dutch and US citizens can obtain the public health insurance “SVB” therefore, they don’t need private health insurance.
    Deposit: if you are not Dutch or American and you are not married to a Dutch citizen you must pay a security deposit in Belasting, the amount depends on the country of origin in order to collect your residency permit. The amount to pay varies depending on your nationality. (See table of prices)
    That safety deposit can only be reimbursed once you become a Dutch citizen or prior your final departure from Curacao.
    Collecting your permit and your local ID:
    First, you will need to register with the Admission Office (Immigration) upon arrival in Curacao to collect your residence permit.
    Immediately, after collecting your residence permit in immigration Curacao, you must go to register as a resident in the civil registry “Kranshi” located in Otrabanda.
    Finally, you need to request an appointment to collect your local identification “sedula” in Kranshi.
    If you are our client do not worry we will sort it out everything for you. If you wish to become our client book an online appointment today.
    Shipping your belongings:
    Once your residency permit is approved, you'll be entitled to collect a BB form that allows you to ship your belongings to Curaçao without paying taxes. So it is key to have the permit approved at the time of the move!
    Please note that we do not provide assistance with moving your belongings, but we can certainly help you obtain the necessary form once you are a resident. So, start planning your move and get ready to enjoy all that this beautiful island has to offer!

Special Issues & Common Forms

  • I have made an error on my immigration form, what should I do?

    If you want to correct the mistake before your interview with Living in Paradise, send an email to us explaining the error and ask us to change it.

  • Why are police clearance certificates required and how do I obtain one?

    A Police Clearance Certificate is a crucial document that verifies whether an individual has been convicted of a crime. It is required for visa, immigration, and emigration applications, as well as most employment applications nowadays.

  • What if my medical insurance runs out before I travel to Curacao?

    There is a risk involved in doing so. Medical is now only valid for a MAXIMUM of 6 months, according to most consulates, and you must reach Curacao before the medical expires.



  • Could you tell me about the cost of your services?

    Our service fee covers all the necessary steps to obtain your residence permit in Curacao. We offer a complete package with full support to ensure that all the paperwork and legal requirements are met quickly, safely, and efficiently.
    At Living in Paradise, we want to address any questions you may have about our agency fees. Please keep in mind that we cannot provide a set cost as each individual's situation and needs are unique. Factors like nationality, number of family members, and purpose of relocation can impact the price. Whether you're an investor, worker, or rentier, our team will work with you to figure out which services are necessary for your move to Curacao.
    To obtain a more exact quote, we suggest scheduling a meeting with us. During this consultation, we'll take the time to thoroughly understand your requirements. Following this, we'll provide you with a customized package that outlines all expenses. Our goal is to be transparent in our pricing and ensure that you fully comprehend the costs involved with relocating to paradise.

  • Do you conduct appointments in-person only or do you also use Zoom?

    We are an online company. Therefore, our appointments are done via teams or zoom.

  • Is residency permit approval guaranteed by Living in Paradise?

    Our team of immigration experts is committed to ensuring your success by thoroughly evaluating your compliance before applying for your permits. We conduct four separate quality checks on your application to ensure the highest degree of accuracy. In the event that a special situation arises that requires an objection to be lodged against a possible rejection, we will file it on your behalf at no additional cost. However, it's important to note that we can only aid you in the immigration process if you provide truthful and accurate documentation and information. At Living in Paradise, we're here to make your immigration journey as seamless and stress-free as possible!

  • Is it necessary to provide the required documents when applying to Living in Paradise?

    Living in Paradise does not require the necessary residency permit documents. Each country has its own procedures for providing documents such as birth certificates, police records, and marriage certificates. Legalization or apostillation may also be required in some cases. Clients are responsible for providing accurate documents, but we can check with immigration to confirm their validity before applying for a residency permit.

  • Which languages are available for communication with your office?

    At our company Living in Paradise, we offer services exclusively in English and Spanish to serve people from all over the world. We have a team that is fluent in both of these languages, and we are dedicated to providing the best possible service for our clients. We do recognize that communication can be challenging, particularly for clients who are not proficient in English or Spanish.
    As such, we offer email communication in the client's native language, but it must be noted that this will involve translation. We will, however, make every effort to ensure that the translations are accurate and uncomplicated.

  • Is it necessary to contact your office for information about my permit once I become your client?

    Once you become our client, there's no need for you to reach out to us. Our team is dedicated to handling your immigration case in the most efficient way possible.
    We'll keep you informed throughout the process, updating you on what's happening and providing guidance when needed. If any action is required on your end, we'll communicate it to you promptly.
    During our appointment, we'll explain the entire process in detail so you can sit back and relax, confident that we have everything under control. We are dedicated to ensuring that your immigration process goes smoothly and without any difficulties. If, at any point, you have any inquiries or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. Our team is always available to assist you in any way we can.

  • What are the ways to contact your company?

    We utilize email as our main method of communicating with clients because it enables us to maintain a structured log of all correspondence, eliminate informality, and prevent any important information from being overlooked. Additionally, it facilitates our ability to stay up-to-date on developments and advancements in your case.

  • To whom will my information be accessible?

    To whom will my information be accessible? You can trust us to keep your personal data confidential. We will only share it with necessary governmental bodies like the Admission Office and Labor department, and limit the information provided to what is essential for your procedure. Rest assured that your information is safe with us.

  • Can you explain how the 'Living in Paradise' service operates? 

    Would you like to apply for a residency permit? Our immigration experts can help you! Our process is tailored to your specific situation, as we understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to immigration.
    • Book an appointment with our specialists: To ensure a successful outcome, our immigration specialists require a comprehensive evaluation of your situation and compliance with immigration regulations, as each case is distinct. There is no universal solution, and booking an appointment with our experts is crucial.
    • Receive a customized document checklist: Once you provide us with your appointment details, we will furnish you with a tailored list of all the necessary supporting documents for your residency permit application.
    • We understand that cost is an important factor. Following your consultation, we will provide you with a precise breakdown of costs, covering both service fees and any necessary government charges to ensure transparency and avoid unexpected expenses. This comprehensive estimate will account for all factors, ensuring no hidden costs or unwelcome surprises.
    • If you decide to move forward with our service, simply ensure that you have all the necessary documents and follow the payment link provided in our email.
    • After hiring our service, you can easily provide the necessary documents by uploading them on our website or sending them to us via email. Our team will carefully inspect them to ensure that they meet government regulations and standards, eliminating any uncertainty on your end.
    • After you have completed your residence permit application, our immigration expert will conduct a thorough review to ensure that it meets all government standards and is ready to be submitted. Any necessary changes will be identified by your attorney and accompanied by simple instructions to facilitate error-free and optimal submission. Furthermore, we perform four independent quality checks to ensure the highest degree of accuracy before filing, thereby guaranteeing a successful outcome.
    • After receiving the necessary documents, we will provide clear instructions on where your signature is required to eliminate any confusion. You can choose to sign the document digitally or print it, sign it, and scan it back to us. That's all there is to it!
    • Once your application is filed, we'll send you proof of application as soon as it's processed by the immigration office (which may take a few weeks). Our software is designed to monitor your application's progress, though delays may occur depending on the office's workload. While we'll do everything in our power to stay on top of your application, there may be processing delays in cases of backlogs.
    • Living in Paradise offers support throughout your entire immigration journey, ensuring that you never have to navigate the process alone. Once your permit has been approved, our team will help you complete the next steps, including paying the deposit and purchasing health insurance. We will also accompany you to your appointment with immigration to collect your permit. With Living in Paradise by your side, you can be confident that you have the support you need every step of the way.
    Don't leave your residency permit application to chance. Let our immigration experts guide you every step of the way.  Living in Paradise's support continues even after your residence permit is approved because your immigration journey is not over once you file.

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