Attorneys to explain residence and labor laws to Spanish community

POSTED: 10/5/11 12:51 PM

St. Maarten – David Kock Legal and Stella G. Blandon are jointly organizing a session on Thursday October 6 at Carl’s Unique Inn Conference Room in Cole Bay for the island’s Spanish speaking community. The session, which will be conducted in Spanish, will address, amongst other things, Dutch nationality and requirements for work and residence permits. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and admission is free.
Thursday’s main speaker is attorney at law David Kock, who has been dubbed The Hispanic Lawyer, because of his assistance to the Colombian general consulates in Aruba and Curacao. Attorney Richie Kock will elaborate on aspects of the work permit, the residence permit and the Brooks Tower Agreement. Blandon is past president of the Colombian Foundation St. Maarten and has been a consular assistant to the Colombian consulate general in Curacao on St. Maarten.
“While the goal of most immigrants is to legalize their stay, it is not uncommon to, sometimes, find someone disregarding the law, procedures and requirements while having difficulty in speaking the English language. If English is not his or her native language, that could place the immigrant in jeopardy and make it difficult for that person to complete a legalization process. A principle message for the evening will be that these disappointments can be avoided by following the law,” the organizers stated in a press release.

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