How much do I need to invest to become a resident in Sint Maarten

Follow us on Social Media


BrightPath specializes in immigration services for persons who are wishing to relocate to the Caribbean.  Our head office is based in St Maarten and our network expands throughout the Eastern Caribbean region.  BrightPath’s immigration and relocation services are also available on the islands of Dominica, St. Kitts, and Antigua.

For most of our clients wishing to invest abroad, having access by way of citizenship or residency is of great importance.  In the Caribbean island of St Maarten, for residency by way of investment, it is important to consider the following:


A property

A real estate purchase of a minimum amount of USD 510,000 is required prior to applying for residency under the Investor program. If you are a passport holder of the United States of America, under the Dutch American Friendship Treaty, we may request legal residency prior to making the real estate purchase.  For more information on the Dutch American Friendship Treaty and how you BrightPath may be able to obtain legal residency for you under the program.



Work with a licensed, experienced, and recognized real estate broker that will be able to ensure that your purchase is done in a way that is duly registered and recorded so that you can advance to request your legal stay in St Maarten through your new investment. We recommend our affiliate BrightFuture Realty Group to properly guide you along the way and secure your property in a manner that benefits you and your long-term goals.


Thinking of retiring on the island of St Maarten? If your answer is yes, it’s important to consider that under the Pensioner program you are allowed to request temporary residency on the island for up to a one-year period without having to purchase real estate up front.  It is a requirement, however, that for the renewal of your temporary residency permit under the Pensioner program that you purchase property for a minimum amount of USD 225,000 within that first year.

If you’re interested in relocating to the Caribbean island of St Maarten, or if you have made an investment in St Maarten and you wish to explore legalizing your stay contact the experts at  As the Caribbean region’s most recognized and trusted immigration services provider – with complete solutions all under one roof – rely on BrightPath to make your dream of living in the Caribbean a reality. 


man negotiation sxm

If you wish to have more than one managing director, additional fees will apply. Therefore, it is important to keep in mind what type of investment or company you wish to incorporate in St. Maarten and the costs associated with each type of business. BrightPath Caribbean recommends having a budget of USD $6,800 – $10,000 that when incorporating a business in St. Maarten, depending on the type of business being incorporated and the number of managing directors that are to be established.


Do you have any questions?

Disclaimer: Our articles are not intended as (legal) advice and do not take your personal circumstances into consideration. BrightPath does not accept any liability for damages resulting from using the provided information. We highly recommend you to seek personalized advice from us or before you act or fail to act because of the content of our articles. BrightPath is a privately-owned consulting firm that assists clients with filing applications for residence permits and/or business licenses at the relevant government departments. None of our directors, employees or agents hold or have held any position with the government of Sint Maarten and our service does not provide for any preferential treatment with regards to any application. All information provided and statements made only serve to provide you with a general understanding of immigration, residence and business incorporation procedures on Sint Maarten.

Share this content

This might interest you…


How Long Can Americans Stay in St. Maarten?

Are you an American citizen that’s planning on visiting St. Maarten as a tourist and wondering how long you can stay here? BrightPath Caribbean is your most reliable source for up-to-date information regarding travel requirements to Sint Maarten. As of this publication in July 2020, American citizens do NOT need a visa to visit St. Maarten and can stay up to six (6) months uninterrupted.

Continue reading

Current entry requirements for Sint Maarten

Current entry requirements for Sint Maarten

If you’re ready to start a business, open a bank account or plan your retirement in St. Maarten, contact BrightPath Caribbean today to schedule a consultation.

Continue reading

sxm cover cards

How to open a Business bank account in Sint Maarten

Are you ready to open a business bank account in St. Maarten for your local business? There are many different ways BrightPath Caribbean can assist you with opening a bank account here on the island.

Continue reading