Based on the request of the Executive Council of The Public Entity Saba and economic stakeholders from both public and private sectors, State Secretary of Security and Justice, Klaas Dijkhoff, has decided to lower the tariff for work permits on the Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire, as of October 1st 2015.
On January 1st of this year, the Dutch Government raised the tariff for work permits from $372 to $788, and increase of more than 100 per cent. Immediately after this increase took place the Executive Council and the stakeholders immediately expressed their concerns about the effect this would have on the business community.
The State Secretary’s decisions means that the tariff for work permits will be reduced to $500. Commissioner of Economic Affairs, Chris Johnson said that, “I’m pleased that the State Secretary has followed up on our request, however the tariff for work permits is still higher than it was in 2014. Further discussions will be held to reach an agreement between local and national government on how to establish tariffs in the future.” Commissioner Johnson continues to advocate that all immigration related tariffs be lower than in the European part of the Netherlands, because of the small scale of Saba’s economy.
Press release: Saba Government Information Service