The Immigration and Border Protection Services (IBPS) is a Department within the Ministry of Justice and is two-part organization, the Administrative Department and the Investigative Arm.
The Administrative Department is tasked with:
The Investigative Arm is tasked with:
In order to apply for residency based on work, an employment permit must first be requested. This procedure is separate and takes place at the Department of Labor. Your prospective employer must be involved in requesting an employment permit.
It is common for family members to be separated from each other for migration purposes. Children are often left in the home country while the parent works abroad. For this reason, the family reunification permit exists in order to reunite families separated across borders. There are cases where one member of the family may hold Dutch nationality or a valid residence permit and in turn have the ability to assist the other members with obtaining legal residency. A happy society consists of happy families and so throughout the Dutch Kingdom family reunification is one of the most important measures taken to improve the overall quality of life. Important: All requirements must be satisfied before a permit can be issued. It should never be assumed that a permit will be automatically granted regarding family reunification. Family members must await the decision of their residence application in the home country
A number of students decide to pursue their higher education on St. Maarten with many in the Netherlands and elsewhere choosing the island to complete their internships or job training programs. For these foreign nationals the student/intern permit is an option for temporary residency
In order to obtain residency as a Director of a business be sure to have your director’s and business license before applying for residency. This procedure is done at the Department of Economic Affairs.
A cohabitation agreement is a form of legal agreement reached between a couple who have chosen to live together but are not married.
A tourist is legally defined as someone who resides within St. Maarten for no longer than three months for purposes of relaxation, sports, health reasons, family matters, family visit, study, religious purposes or business purposes and provided that no work is being performed during the stay for which payment is being received.
Tourists do not have to apply for a temporary residence permit or for admission by right in order to reside in St. Maarten. The allowed maximum length of the tourist stay depends on the tourist’s country of origin:
EMPLOYMENT IS PROHIBITED during your Tourist Stay
No. If you are a first-time applicant for residency once the process has been started you are not allowed to be on the island until a decision is taken on your application. Your protentional employer must start the process fi you are obtaining your residency through employment. If it is related to family reunion, your family member must start the process.
A residence permit application can take anywhere from 6 weeks- 3 months to be processed. In some cases it may be even longer
After 5 years of being a legal resident, with consecutive permits, you may apply for permanent residency.
You can submit your extension request up to 4 months prior to the expiration date of your current permit.
No. You must reside on the Dutch side and be registered at the Civil Registry to be eligible for a residency permit.