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    Hi Everyone!

    My name is Cathy. I currently live in Ontario, Canada (COLD!) and am beginning to investigate the possibility of moving to Aruba. I myself have not travelled there but best friend has often and I have been elected to do all the research to find out if our idea of taking up permanent residence in Aruba is merely a pipe dream or if it could become a reality! I have read the postings in the 'moving to Aruba' section of the forum but I am not finding as much info as I'd hoped. My friend and her family would be moving to Aruba to retire, myself and my Husband aren't as fortunate so we would need to continue to work. Where would the best place be to find information on employment, cost of living and affordable housing? Any comments/suggestions/questions would really be appreciated. Just one note - I have only ever used one other forum in my 50+ years of life so if I make a faux paus, please accept my apology now, in advance.

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    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/jobs.html
    cathy click above link for much info on moving to and working in aruba.

    there are many obstacles/hurdles involved in becoming employed on island.
    many!

    to boost your chances of getting a job, you should have be able to do something unique, that an aruban or dutch national person cannot or is unable to do. arubans and dutch are considered 1st for all jobs.

    English, Dutch and Spanish language reading, speaking and writing are probably going to be required.

    Contact the Department of Immigration Services Aruba DIMAS
    you can google these keywords.....aruba dimas

    as far as housing costs
    water and electricity is expensive.
    i have a friend that spends over $400 per month on her elec.

    do lots of reading and contact DIMAS

    welcome to the aruba.com community forum



    QUOTE=nomoresnow;219932]My name is Cathy. I currently live in Ontario, Canada (COLD!) and am beginning to investigate the possibility of moving to Aruba. I myself have not travelled there but best friend has often and I have been elected to do all the research to find out if our idea of taking up permanent residence in Aruba is merely a pipe dream or if it could become a reality! I have read the postings in the 'moving to Aruba' section of the forum but I am not finding as much info as I'd hoped. My friend and her family would be moving to Aruba to retire, myself and my Husband aren't as fortunate so we would need to continue to work. Where would the best place be to find information on employment, cost of living and affordable housing? Any comments/suggestions/questions would really be appreciated. Just one note - I have only ever used one other forum in my 50+ years of life so if I make a faux paus, please accept my apology now, in advance.[/QUOTE]

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    Hi Andrea. Thanks so much for that reply. I gathered that the process was along those lines. I've also been researching Mexico and it seems similar. It's nice to see countries give their own people preference to the available work. We don't do that up here anymore. Thank you for the link and the info for the hydro and water costs. I pay that amount here and I'm on Geo-thermal! Okay, so I have much work to do and appreciate the advice. If I have any further questions along these lines, specifically how much money one would need to live a normal livestyle without working, where should I post/find questions/answers to that so I stay in the correct areas of the forum? Many thanks for the help. Cathy.

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    First, and foremost, "Welcome to the Forum."

    Andrea is an excellent source of information and I know that you will follow-up on what she suggests.

    Hope you enjoy the Forum. As you probably, already have found, it is a wonderful site to get the answers to your questions and also to tell you who much we all love "Paradise," aka "One Happy Island."

    In the meantime, try to keep warm and good luck.

    Ed

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    my husband and i actually considered retirement in aruba. (we chose florida instead with an 18 month detour to maine. Maine was a huge mistake)

    3 things prevented us from doing so

    1..........COSTS!!!
    we made a guesstimate that we'd need an annual income of about $90K.
    our pensions/ira and when social security kicks in.....still will not equal $90K (far from it) annually. plus there is some weird tax that pensions not only taxed in the usa, would also be subject to aruba tax. folks will say to you, you will not spend as much money there.............i dunno about that......the restaurants, the casinos, the higher cost of groceries, utilities.......i just do not know.

    2............ Geography
    i get itchy to move around. the island is small. i would be happy there for a month on and a month off.......but that would be cost prohibitive.

    3............. Son and his wife in the USA........here in FLA we are a 3 hr flight and in the event of emergency we can be there on 12 hrs notice and vice versa. Aruba, not .


    Quote Originally Posted by nomoresnow View Post
    Hi Andrea. Thanks so much for that reply. I gathered that the process was along those lines. I've also been researching Mexico and it seems similar. It's nice to see countries give their own people preference to the available work. We don't do that up here anymore. Thank you for the link and the info for the hydro and water costs. I pay that amount here and I'm on Geo-thermal! Okay, so I have much work to do and appreciate the advice. If I have any further questions along these lines, specifically how much money one would need to live a normal livestyle without working, where should I post/find questions/answers to that so I stay in the correct areas of the forum? Many thanks for the help. Cathy.

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    Hello Ed. Thank you for the welcome. Yes, I was already following the link Andrea supplied me with. From everything my friend has told me, Aruba sounds wonderful. The information gathering is not as easy as it was when they had me researching moving/living/working in Mexico so this is even more fun when I 'discover' more things! I can't wait to travel there. Part of our friend research agreement is I travel to Aruba, she travels to Mexico. She should be landing there as I type. My part of the agreement won't happen for a couple of months yet because I want to learn more first. Ah, but I babble.......thank you for the welcome and I look forward to learning all I can from this forum. So far looks like a wonderful, non-intimidating place with many helpful people. Cathy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    my husband and i actually considered retirement in aruba. (we chose florida instead with an 18 month detour to maine. Maine was a huge mistake)

    3 things prevented us from doing so

    1..........COSTS!!!
    we made a guesstimate that we'd need an annual income of about $90K.
    our pensions/ira and when social security kicks in.....still will not equal $90K (far from it) annually. plus there is some weird tax that pensions not only taxed in the usa, would also be subject to aruba tax. folks will say to you, you will not spend as much money there.............i dunno about that......the restaurants, the casinos, the higher cost of groceries, utilities.......i just do not know.

    2............ Geography
    i get itchy to move around. the island is small. i would be happy there for a month on and a month off.......but that would be cost prohibitive.

    3............. Son and his wife in the USA........here in FLA we are a 3 hr flight and in the event of emergency we can be there on 12 hrs notice and vice versa. Aruba, not .
    Whoa! 90k!? Mexico, according to the expats, anywhere from 13,000 to 26,000 depending upon your style of living. I never would have thought that Aruba would be that high.
    Florida?! That is and was my favourite place and where I wanted to settle but as you know, the U.S. doesn't allow Canadians to stay now. No more dual citizenship and working. Only if I find an employer to sponsor me/us. I love Florida and I can only hope that one day there becomes a way that we could settle there.
    Andrea, you have been most helpful and based on this info, I'm guessing that after all my research, vacationing in Aruba will definitely be our plans but permanent residency - probably not.
    Thanks so much. Cathy.

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    cathy that $90K figure was based on paul and me and our needs and guesstimates.

    a big chunk of our monthly money goes towards our health insurance which we pay privately $1400 per month is our health insurance.

    you have your homework assignment
    Quote Originally Posted by nomoresnow View Post
    Whoa! 90k!? Mexico, according to the expats, anywhere from 13,000 to 26,000 depending upon your style of living. I never would have thought that Aruba would be that high.
    Florida?! That is and was my favourite place and where I wanted to settle but as you know, the U.S. doesn't allow Canadians to stay now. No more dual citizenship and working. Only if I find an employer to sponsor me/us. I love Florida and I can only hope that one day there becomes a way that we could settle there.
    Andrea, you have been most helpful and based on this info, I'm guessing that after all my research, vacationing in Aruba will definitely be our plans but permanent residency - probably not.
    Thanks so much. Cathy.

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    Belize actually seems to make it easy for expats, although housing prices have been climbing there. My understanding is that permanent residency is granted if you can show income of $2000 a month.

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    if you want ,please, send to me PM and i share with you what we found out for 9 days spent in Aruba

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