Curaçao’s Convenient Working and Living Program
The economic crisis emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic is of alarming concern. It has significantly altered businesses’ normalcy and trade, and compelled governments and authorities to adapt to the new normal and find alternative routes to keep the economy running, especially the islands whose economies heavily rely on tourism. Curaçao, as a tourist destination, is not exempt from the deleterious and uninviting consequences of the pandemic.
To curb the situational economic downturn, the government of Curaçao has launched the program ‘Curaçao Convenient Work and Living’ that promotes extended stays and remote working in Curaçao. The program aims at bolstering the economy by attracting Digital Entrepreneurs/Nomads, Hibernators, or snowbirds, and those seeking residency, to come, work, and live on the island for up to 12 months. The development process of this program started four months ago, on July 27th, with various public and private stakeholders and authorities teaming up for this purpose.
The group consisted of the Ministries of Economic Development (MEO) and Social Development and Labor (SOAW). Other participants were the International Financial Sector and Curaçao Bankers Association, Curaçao Airport Partners, Ernst & Young, and Immigration. The island’s ministerial council approved and welcomed the program. The primary target countries for this program are the U.S.A. and the Netherlands. The applicants should present an annual income guarantee and should be 18 years old or older. They should also show a clean criminal record, a certificate of good conduct, proof of travel insurance, a copy of their birth certificate, and proof of employment with a legitimate company. The company can also be a sole proprietorship. The application has opened since December 1st, 2020.
Apart from the aforementioned primary target groups, the program also aims at highly skilled migrants. In this sense, the focus is on those with linkages to the international financial sector and Fintech, yachting owners desiring to enjoy Curaçao’s convenient and safe haven, and residence start-up. These are people who want to start a technological or non-technologically innovative business on the island.
Curaçao’s beautiful island, nice weather, sun, beaches, and vibes, are too rich and diversified to be stewed. Working and living in a beautiful and motivating place is way more productive than in the four brick and mortar walls of an office.
Let’s beach work!
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