Unemployment Support

COVID-19 Unemployment Support

With no formal unemployment insurance, and only limited social assistance and anti-poverty measures, the capacity of the government of St. Maarten to cushion the impact of unemployment and reduced incomes in low-income households is constrained at a time of increased demand for social assistance to support consumption smoothing. Fiscal space to strengthen the social protection system is likely to remain limited over the medium term in light of the significant hurricane budget deficits that still exist.

In collaboration with the World Bank, the Ministry of VSA developed a scenario model to estimate the impact of the COVID-19 virus on St. Maarten’s unemployment. If payroll support isn’t provided to assist in reducing mass lay-offs, the model projects unemployment at approximately 5000 persons within the next 3 months.

In addition to the established social assistance which will continue to be provided a COVID-19 specific Unemployment Support Program has been developed. In a scenario in which payroll support is provided further limiting and reducing lay-offs, ANG 1150 will be provided to persons who become unemployed due to COVID-19. 

The St. Maarten Development Fund is the executing entity.

How much COVID-19 Unemployment Support am I eligible for?

The Unemployment Program will pay ANG. 1,150.00 to qualifying individuals for the months of April, May and June 2020.

What are the criteria for eligibility for COVID-19 Unemployment Support?

To be eligible for Support you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have been working on the Dutch Side of Sint Maarten where you became unemployed because of COVID-19.
  • You can prove unemployment status as a result of COVID-19.
  • You have a valid local bank account number.

How can I apply for COVID-19 Unemployment Support as a result of COVID-19?

If you believe you are eligible for “COVID-19 Unemployment Support”, please  submit  the following:

  • A completed COVID-19 Unemployment Support Application Online Form.
  • Upload a copy of your valid passport/ID.
  • Upload your ORIGINAL Dismissal Letter (On Company letterhead with Company Stamp and Crib Number)
  • Upload your last pay slip (Must contain applicants ID and/or Crib Number and Employers Crib Number).

When can I start applying for “COVID-19 Unemployment Support”?

  • Applicants must submit their “COVID-19 Unemployment Support” application form with supporting documentation as of April 24 2020 to qualify for payment for April. Applications can be submitted up until May 10 2020 to qualify for April 2020 payment.

What if I can’t prove unemployment as a result of COVID-19?

You can submit an objection with sound arguments why you should qualify for COVID-19 Unemployment support.

OR

Please check the other programs or submit a request for Social Assistance from the Department of Labour & Social Welfare.

What if I don’t have a valid local bank account number?

Payments will only be made via bank transfer.

In the exceptional case that an applicant does not have a bank account, other payment arrangements will be provided.

What if my proof of identification (ID) is expired?

Applicants whose proof of identification (ID) has expired within the last six months (November 2019 – May 2020) will be accepted.

When can I expect payment once I have completed my applications and uploaded all required documentation?

Once a completed application form is submitted, accompanied with the necessary documents, payments will be made on the last Friday of the respective month.

Application Steps

Step 1: Prepare Documents

Provide digital copies of the following documents:

  1. Valid St. Maarten ID or Passport
  2. Your ORIGINAL Dismissal Letter (on Company letterhead with Company Stamp)
  3. Your last pay slip.

If you do not have a digital copy of the above documents, please use a scanner or your mobile phone to take a photo of said documents. Ensure that the quality of the documents (scanned, digital and photo images) are legible and clearly identifies the information required.

Step 2: Online Form

Once you have obtained all of your digital documents (Step 1), please proceed to complete the online form, whereby document upload instructions will follow. 

By signing and submitting the application, the applicant hereby acknowledges and accepts that all information provided is truthful and accurate and is used to determine applicant’s employment and income status due to COVID-19. The provided information cannot be deduced as the Government’s acknowledgement of compliance by the (former) employer to the Civil Code (Labor Laws), Dismissal Ordinance or any other legislation. Consequently, no rights may be derived and no liability is accepted by Government for losses arising from the application.