The National Ordinance on Admission and Expulsion (Landsverordening Toelating en Uitzetting, LTU) addresses the terms and conditions of admission to Curaçao. The LTU applies to foreign nationals and is not applicable to:
- Persons having Dutch nationality, born in Curaçao;
- Persons having Dutch nationality, born before 1 January 1986 on the island Aruba and residing on mentioned date in the Netherlands Antilles and subsequently residing in Curaçao on 10 October 2010;
- Persons having Dutch nationality, born on Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius (Statia), or St. Maarten and residing in Curaçao on 10 October 2010; and
- Children of the above mentioned Dutch nationals.
As a general rule, all foreign nationals are obliged to apply for a residence permit, unless a person has admission by right (toelating van rechtswege, see Dutch citizens) or qualifies as a tourist (see Tourists & visas). In all other cases foreign nationals are obliged to apply for a (temporary) residence permit (see Foreign nationals).
Legal regulation with regard to immigration to Curaçao makes a distinction between immigration by Dutch citizens and immigration by foreign nationals.
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