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About Us

Meet Our Team

A full team of professionals at your service. We are the most trusted immigration and corporate services provider in Sint Maarten and the English Caribbean.

About Us

Sint Maarten’s most trusted and recognized Immigration, Corporate & Banking services provider.

Since 2013, BrightPath Caribbean has been the preferred provider of immigration, business start-ups, and banking services in Sint Maarten.  In recent years, we have also expanded our services to new territories within the English-speaking Caribbean region. We now offer immigration, business incorporation, business banking setup, and retirement planning in Sint Maarten, St. Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla, Antigua, Belize, and Dominica. 

Our experienced consultants offer steady support, transparent communication, and in-depth knowledge of processes and regulations for you and your business. 

We make your move easy, quick, and efficient! 

With attractive pricing for immigration permits starting as low as $2300 per person, with no annual renewals required* 

*Subject to terms and conditions, and applicability. 

Our Team

The friendly and helpful staff of BrightPath are experts at handling a range of immigration, business incorporation, investment, retirement planning, and business banking setup needs. Our multicultural team has more than two decades of combined experience, with capable professionals leading the processes of assisting clients with immigration and relocation concerns. 

Every key member of our team is fluent in at least two languages, offering our clients options to cater to communication in their language of choice. 

01 Vivian Chamas - General Manager, Caribbean Region

Meet our CEO:

Vivian Chamas

Immigration Experience: More than 10 years

Languages: English, Spanish (read, write, speak; Level of Fluency, expert), Intermediate French

Core Strengths: With over two decades of corporate banking and management experience and a cross-cultural upbringing, Vivian can lead and understand her team and customers in a unique way. Vivian is keen on keeping open communication between BrightPath and the public sector, leading the company to a collaborative approach in the implementation of immigration procedures for Sint Maarten. Additionally, her deep and diverse immigration experience has allowed her to cultivate a well-respected professional relationship within the government and immigration department.

02 Nuris Edwards - Manager, Immigration Services

Nuris Edwards

Immigration Services Manager

Immigration Experience: 10 years

Languages: English, Spanish (read, write, speak; Level of Fluency, expert)

Core Strengths: The way Nuris always has a full-hands-on approach to every immigration file is something we feel proud of. Nuris brings to the team her integrity, commitment, and leadership, making her and her team; fully capable of handling the volume of immigration-related requests we receive in our office.

Nowayne Ashman

Immigration Services Support

Languages: English (read, write, speak; Level of Fluency, expert)

Core Strengths: With deep knowledge of the island’s roads, businesses, and institutions, Ashman assists the immigration and corporate team complete tasks that require dropping or picking up documents, as well as accompanying clients in their registration processes, Ashman has a great understanding of the power of exceptional customer service.

Nakich Brookes

Corporate Services

Languages: English, (read, write, speak; Level of Fluency, expert); Intermediate Dutch and Spanish

Core Strengths: Nakich has for many years been in the corporate and administrative sector, giving her exceptional organizational and communication skills that she has brought and shared with all the team at BrightPath.

M𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝗷𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗼 𝗩𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗼𝘀𝗼, 𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗿 - 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗯𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝙁𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡 𝙀𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚: 43 years 𝙇𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙪𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙨: English, Dutch, Papiamento, Spanish (read, write, speak; Level of fluency, expert) 𝘾𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨: Alejandro supports all the departments of the organization with all his years of experience in financial administration and his superb attention to detail. Alejandro oversees our day-to-day financial operations with accuracy, ensuring BrightPath remains in good financial standing.

Alejandro Vicioso

Financial Comptroller

Languages: English, Dutch, Papiamento, Spanish (read, write, speak; Level of fluency, expert)

Core Strengths: Alejandro supports all the departments of the organization with all his years of experience in financial administration and his superb attention to detail. Alejandro oversees our day-to-day financial operations with accuracy, ensuring BrightPath remains in good financial standing.

05 Daniela Tineo - Marketing Manager

Daniela Tineo

Marketing Manager

Languages: English, Spanish (read, write, speak; Level of Fluency, expert)

Core Strengths: Aside from steady and well known sland-wide marketing campaigns, lead generation, and content creation for our platforms, Daniela, is a key part of the brand management and marketing consistency of BrightPath.

Collaborations

We believe in working together towards the same goals with the highest level of professionals available.

Ashanti van Heyningen

Senior Real Estate Agent BrightFuture Realty

As a real estate agent, Ashanti stands out with her tenacity, great determination, and passion for helping buyers and sellers to achieve their real estate goals through a smooth and fulfilling experience. Raised and currently living on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, Ashanti leverages her in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market to guide and educate her clients and empower them to make well-informed choices. Ashanti strives to go above and beyond to help buyers find a place to call home within their budget range and ensure that sellers fetch top dollar for their properties within the shortest time possible.

Erik van Engelen

Senior Tax Advisor

Erik van Engelen started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2003. After obtaining his audit certification degree (‘Register Accountant’) and working at renowned accounting firms throughout the Dutch Caribbean and the Netherlands, he founded HaVen in 2020.

HaVen’s core business is audit, accounting and consultancy and through a carefully selected network of trusted specialists it also provides tax compliance, tax advisory services forensic, valuation, payroll, HR and pension advisory services. As the only truly local audit firm on Sint Maarten, HaVen offers a one-stop-shop experience to a broad spectrum of clients, from individually managed enterprises to larger and more complex organizations, both public and private.

André L. Williams

US Based Real Estate Attorney

André L. Williams is a real estate attorney and has practiced law in South Florida over 20 years.  He was previously employed at Holland and Knight LLP. His full-service real estate law firm represents real estate developers, investors, lenders, brokers and individuals in real estate matters.

André was selected as one on of the “10 Best Attorneys” in Florida for Client Satisfaction in Real Estate Law by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.

He is also the President and CEO of Pendragon Title and Escrow Inc, a title company which offers a full range of title and real estate closing services to lenders, brokers, sellers and purchasers throughout the State of Florida. He is the President of the Miami Gardens Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Board of Governors of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.

André received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from Harvard University and his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is a Graduate of Ransom Everglades Upper School.

Our Mission

We are BrightPath, a multi-disciplinary team, offering turn-key immigration services for persons looking to establish and/or expand their business and/or lifestyle into Sint Maarten and the Caribbean region. We are a for-profit entity that focuses on attracting socially responsible foreign investors and prospective immigrants. Our focus is on providing our clients with transparent, balanced advice and solutions to successfully execute their relocation in an integrated and systematic manner.

Our team of experts is committed to serving as a bridge between the private and public sectors, to achieve a mutually beneficial immigration and business development strategy and implementation for all involved – customers, country, and our firm alike.

We are an equal opportunity employer, providing a healthy and open work environment, and actively encouraging the free flow of ideas, to best promote the sharing of socio-political and economic events that have a direct impact on the opportunities that result for Caribbean emerging markets and the benefits these can bring to the community as a whole.

Our Vision

To become the global leader in transparent, trusted,

and integrated immigration services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This is a tricky one. The answer is no, a separate work permit is not needed. However, in St. Maarten residency matters are separate and apart from work permits. Therefore, a residency permit (an immigration process) is required for any US national that exercises his or her employment on the island. All residency applications for US nationals must be supported by a certificate of good conduct (also referred to as a police record) along with proof of sufficient income to sustain their stay on St. Maarten.

While there are no guarantees that your file will be approved by the local authorities, it is important to do your research and respect the rules. In most cases, unless you are a US national or citizen of The Netherlands, you will need to await the decision of your application abroad. You can obtain information directly at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Services. However, if you can afford to hire a trusted, licensed, and reputable service provider, it’s recommended that you do so. This is likely to improve your chances of an approval to your request.

Work permit requests are applicable to persons who are non-nationals of The Netherlands and the United States of America. Additionally, it’s important to consider that there are age restrictions attached to the request in efforts to protect the local job market. Applicants must be a minimum of 25 years of age and no older than 57 years of age in order to qualify.

There are immigration programs that would allow qualifying applicants to relocate their immediate family. Group family requests can be submitted simultaneously under the guidelines of Family Reunification. It’s important to note that the primary applicant must have sufficient means of income to support him/herself as head of household as well as additional family dependents. If you obtained residency and subsequently wanted to bring in your immediate family under the Family Formation guidelines, this may be possible once the request has been submitted within the first year of issuance of your residency permit, assuming all other remaining criteria have been met.

The answer is yes, depending on the purchase price and market value of the property. In both instances, the minimum threshold is USD 255,000 in order to qualify. The purchase price has to be substantiated by the notarial deed of transfer and a valuation report by a locally licensed appraiser may be required to support the market value.

Absolutely yes! St. Maarten, like its Caribbean counterparts, boasts spectacular beaches and a laid-back lifestyle. Retirees love the great selection of restaurants, food and beverage, and stocked supermarkets – especially the European flair with the assortment of wine, cheese, and gourmet items. St. Maarten is also duty-free and property tax-free which makes it a preferred destination for retirees. For more information on immigration guidelines for retiring in St Maarten, email us at info@brightpathcaribbean.com

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