Curaçao is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and so finds itself the second country we’ll be looking at today. It remains an autonomous nation within the Caribbean, though its ties to the Netherlands means all citizens of the nation are also Dutch citizens, making their Golden Visa Program an intriguing case.
Interestingly, to remain a resident, you only have to spend one day per year in the nation. But if you are looking to eventually obtain Dutch citizenship this should be 4 months per year, which is still a lot less than in the more direct route to citizenship in the Netherlands.
Curaçao has processing time of 3-6 months, but offers something different, a consistently warm climate, a lower cost of living, and as a bonus, English is the official language despite Dutch links. Not only this, but it’s cheaper. In addition to this the time to citizenship for both is 5 years.
Access to Dutch citizenship
Visa free access to 190 countries
Processing time of 3-6 months
If you are interested by this program, the requirements are: 1- Invest US$280,000 for a 3-year renewable residency permit. 2- Invest US$425,000 for a 5-year renewable residency permit. 3- Invest US$850,000 for an indefinite residency permit. You are able to invest in real estate, local business or in securities traded on the Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange.
Curaçao’s digital nomad visa allows remote workers to live on the island for six months with the option to renew it for another six months.
It’s also important to note that living on the island for a year does not grant you residency. You also do not classify as a tax resident, so you will not owe local taxes on your income.
The application process and requirements are quite easy and lenient, making this one of the few digital nomad visas widely available to many remote workers.
You may bring a spouse and dependents with you. To apply, you will need to put their information on your application.
Digital Nomad Visa
- Valid Passport: Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay.
- Work Remotely: You must earn a livable income working for a company, own a business, or have freelance clients located outside of Curaçaco.
- Health Insurance: You must have health insurance coverage in Curaçao.
- Clean Criminal Record: You cannot have marks on your criminal record.
- Residential Address in Curaçao: You must have accommodations booked or a residential lease on the island.
Steps to follow
Step 1 - Preliminary Check:
Our specialized team will review the documentation submitted to verify that the immigration requirements are met. In addition, we will verify the transparency of investment funds. As a result, we will have a background check report and signed contract.
Step 2 - Choose of Investment:
You must select the investment option that most convinces and suits you, so that later we can start the process. If you decide to obtain residency through real estate investment, we will help you choose your property based on your needs and desires.
Step 3 - Preparation of documents and sending to the corresponding agency:
We take care of everything: we obtain the criminal record certificates, we fill out and complete the government forms, we certify the documents before a notary, we do the translation and apostille everything (this service has a separate cost), and then we send it to the residence. We present your documents independently and with strict compliance with the requirements, as well as monitoring the progress of the application. As a result, we will confirm the receipt of the documents by the government.
Step 4 - Due Diligence check:
Once the residency agency receives all the documents, the applicant's background check begins. In the event that additional documents are required during verification, we will handle those requests.
Step 5 - Case Investigation:
We look forward to a positive resolution and receive the new documents together with you. If necessary, we can also help you with other operational, commercial and even domestic matters (including the arrangements of additional documents).
Step 6 - Receiving residency:
When the investment and all fees are paid, you receive the certificate of residence. Then, these documents are sent to you, so that after the wait, you can start enjoying them.
Does this residency allow me to obtain citizenship?
After five years of receiving the residence permit, the applicant may apply for citizenship. But in this case they would be receiving not only the curacao citizenship but also the netherlands.
For how long will I have the residence?
The residence permit is valid 4 for years with the requirement of annual renewal of the ID card.
What documents are required?
• A completed application form with a photograph. • A copy of your passport. • Documents that prove your income is legal. For example an employment contract. • Certificates of no criminal records. • Health insurance policy. • Payment documents confirming the payment of state duties and fees. • Documents confirming the fulfillment of the investment conditions stipulated in the application.
Can I bring my family in this experience?
Yes, the members of the applicant’s family, such as spouse and children under 18, may apply for a residence permit together with the applicant.
Is dual citizenship accepted in Curacao?
Curacao allows dual citizenship.
With what currency must the residency programs be paid?
This residency program should be paid in Dollars.
How much is the processing time?
Curaçao has processing time of 3 - 6 months.
How strong is the Curacao visa?
Visa free access to 190 countries.
In what cases can my application be rejected?
Most of the applications are authorized, however there are some reasons why you may have difficulty with this residency. Such us: • Having criminal records. • Lack of documentation. • Do not meet the minimum time in the country.
The main applicant must go to Curacao?
To remain a resident, you only have to spend one day per year in the nation. But if you are looking to eventually obtain Dutch citizenship this should be 4 months per year.