|By Bas Noij (BonaireTalker - Post #34) on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 1:26 pm:|
We are moving mid august. We have all the paperwork to get the residency permit at that time but do not have the actual permit. We have to apply for that one on island. We have booked a one way ticket with our frequent flyer points. Today I heard that we need a return ticket to get a tourist visa/permit. Is that true? A possible scenario would be for us to book an return ticket Bonaire-Amsterdam on top of the one way so that we return to Amsterdam after about 4-6 weeks and return to Bonaire 3 weeks later when we have the residency permit. Does anyone know how long the procedure will take if we are on island and can pursue it a bit personally?
|By Kevin Wayne Williams (The Great Escape) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #180) on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 2:00 pm:|
You need to talk to immigration directly. You aren't allowed to be on the island while they are processing your residency unless you are able to persuade them to give you a waiver.
|By Bas Noij (BonaireTalker - Post #35) on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 2:53 pm:|
Oh my god...that would be very very bad news for us! I will make some calls and try to find out more. Can you not even be on the island as a tourist while they process the application? Does it make a difference that we are Dutch? If I find out more I'll post here.
|By Antony Bond (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #112) on Monday, July 17, 2006 - 5:07 pm:|
It is possible to just go to Aruba while they deal with your application.
|By Phil Bennett (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #6) on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 6:06 pm:|
Now I'm confused. I have read different versions of how to get residence permit. Can I somehow apply before I get there? Do I just tell immigration when I get there that I'm going to apply & then do it locally or is there something else involved?
|By Kevin Wayne Williams (The Great Escape) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #183) on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - 9:29 pm:|
The Sunbelt Realty site has the best collection of information. I am not aware of a government website that details it.
|By Phil Bennett (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #8) on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 6:18 pm:|
Thanks: Is it correct that we have to have the residence permit to get our household goods? If so that presumable means that they have to be stored for an undetermined amount of time while we sleep on the floor. Maybe I'm missing something (other than furniture)
|By Kevin Wayne Williams (The Great Escape) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #185) on Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:50 pm:|
You can post a bond with customs to be allowed entry to the container. It's more than the estimated duty for the goods in the event that you don't get a residence exemption, but you get it refunded if the residence is granted or when you take everything back off the island if residence is denied.
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