One of my areas of focus is working with businesses in the Caribbean in a wide range of industries that need to attract talent to their open positions. As a former resident of and business owner in the Caribbean, I am a knowledgeable and trusted resource for job candidates, as well as businesses with hiring challenges.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are among the most popular destinations for job seekers looking to relocate to the Caribbean. There are a lot of great employment opportunities. The islands were purchased by the United States from Denmark in 1917. Since then, the islands have enjoyed status as a territory of the United States. In many ways, this makes it easier for U.S. citizens and permanent residents to relocate to this tropical island paradise.
Living and working in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Known for white sand beaches and crystal-clear blue waters, the U.S. Virgin Islands comprise a diverse collection of three islands in the West Indies – St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. St. Thomas and St. John are close neighbors, separated by a two-mile-wide sound, while St. Croix lies about 40 miles to the south of the island pair.
- Since the islands are a U.S. territory, people who are authorized to work in the U.S. are also authorized to work in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Non-U.S. citizens must secure resident status, work permits, and visas, just as these are required to live and work in the U.S. mainland.
- Income taxes are paid at the federal tax rate. There is no sales tax in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- The cost of living compares favorably with major metropolitan areas in the United States. Housing costs are generally a bit lower, while some groceries and household goods are more expensive.
- Modern, advanced healthcare is available, provided by two main full-service hospitals, other major healthcare facilities, and a wide variety of clinics, specialty healthcare centers, and nonprofit organizations.
- Owning a vehicle is highly recommended for transportation. Many people choose to ship a vehicle from the U.S. mainland. Reliable used cars can be purchased after relocating, and they retain their value very well. Valid U.S. driver’s licenses are good for 90 days after arrival. These can be exchanged locally without taking either the road or written exams, but there are exceptions.
- For those who love year-round access to the water and outdoors, the quality of life is unrivaled. Whatever you’re into – scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, or boating – living in the U.S. Virgin Islands is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
- The U.S. Virgin Islands are well suited for children, and many parents from the mainland enjoy raising their kids in the island environment. The public school system is accredited and modeled on systems in the mainland. Private schooling is also an option.
- Pets can be taken with you to the U.S. Virgin Islands. A health certificate is required from a veterinarian; however, no quarantine is required.
A good first step: Connect with a knowledgeable recruiter
If you’re interested in learning more about relocating to the U.S. Virgin Islands and would like help with your job search – or if your business is facing hiring challenges – a great way to achieve your goals is by developing a relationship with an experienced, professional recruiter like the partners at Goodwin Recruiting. Contact me today to discuss how we can help: Jbronis@goodwinrecruiting.com