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    FAQ's: Jobs/Moving/Living/Business in Aruba
    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/permanent%20residency.html Permanent Residency

    http://www.arubachamber.com/relocation.htm Relocation to Aruba
    "Temporary or Permanent Work Permit
    Any foreigner who wants to exercise a profession/occupation must have a work permit to do so. The work permit will normally be granted only if there are no qualified persons locally available. In general, requests for work permits will only be taken into consideration if submitted through a local employer, who has to accept full responsibility for any possible expenses to be incurred by the government relative to its employees. For a trainee position or internship a special work permit is required.

    With the exception of tourists, all other foreigners should have a permit document to prove their legal presence on the island. This means that one (unless a tourist) should not travel to or be on the island pending a request for a residence and/or work permit."

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/jobs.html Jobs in Aruba

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/moving+to+aruba.html Moving to Aruba

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/f34/openning-bank-account-aruba-33983/ Opening a bank account in Aruba

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/shipping%20car.html Shipping A Car to Aruba

    http://www.arubachamber.com/establishing.htm Establishing a Business in Aruba
    See details regarding "authorized capital" or "so-called minimum issued capital."

    http://www.arubachamber.com/tips.htm Helpful Tips for Entrepreneurs
    "Permits to Establish a Business:
    As an Aruban you do not need a permit to establish a business in Aruba, when it concerns a sole proprietorship. You still need to register your business in the Commercial Register at the Chamber. If you are not an Aruban born Dutch national, you always need a permit to establish a business. Whether you will receive a permit depends on what sort of business you intend to start. The main criteria are if the business provides enlargement of the economic basis and if it is capital intensive."

    Additional resources:
    http://www.cbaruba.org/ Centrale Bank van Aruba (Aruba's Central Bank)
    http://www.arubachamber.com/ Chamber of Commerce and Industry Aruba
    http://www.catcaruba.com/ Caribbean Accounting & Tax Consultants
    http://www.dimasaruba.com/ Departamento di Integracion, Maneho y Admision di Stranhero (DIMAS)
    http://www.gobiklaw.com/publications/index.html Publications Gomez & Bikker Law Offices
    http://www.gobiklaw.com/publications/english/pub_eng_2.html Business and Environment in Aruba
    http://www.gobiklaw.com/publications/english/pub_eng_3.html Entry and Residence in Aruba

    Moving to Aruba FAQ
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    There are some other links to realtor's websites here.

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    Thanks, but I've already read all that...my question remains. Are the resort jobs only given to the locals? Does speaking Dutch help?

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    no not all of the resort jobs are given to aruban residents

    that being said, being aruban helps, speaking dutch helps, spanish, english and papiemento helps too

    do not count on being able to work on aruba....................non arubans, non dutch are way way down the list of work permit issuees.

    a friend of mine (an aruban) told me "you have a better chance of getting into heaven than a work permit in aruba"

    andrea

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    But I am Dutch...? Surely thats got to count for something? Between having a Dutch passport, speaking Dutch, and hopefully some spanish or papiamento before I get there, surely that's would help out my employability down there?


    I dont have my heart set on Aruba necessarily. It would be a wonderful option, but I've considered some of the other Dutch islands as well.

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    I will tell you to expect nothing or plan nothing until after the elections are over on Sept 25th. The new government tends to change all the rules and what you may have "assumed " before may not be true with the new gov't.

    Also there is big concern with the Valero closing about the number of working permits granted. That is a big topic among who's running of office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzardo View Post
    I will tell you to expect nothing or plan nothing until after the elections are over on Sept 25th. The new government tends to change all the rules and what you may have "assumed " before may not be true with the new gov't.

    Also there is big concern with the Valero closing about the number of working permits granted. That is a big topic among who's running of office.
    Thanks for the info. I'll keep my eye on the election. Is there a site you could suggest that would keep me posted on such things? I'm completely ignorant to the politics of Aruba right now. Hope to change that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islandguy32 View Post
    Thanks for the info. I'll keep my eye on the election. Is there a site you could suggest that would keep me posted on such things? I'm completely ignorant to the politics of Aruba right now. Hope to change that.
    http://www.diario.aw/
    www.diarioaruba.com/
    http://www.24ora.com/

    Sorry they are in Papiamento.

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    Exclamation Dutch citizens sent back home

    Dutch citizens sent back home
    10 Sep, 2009, 08:31 (GMT -04:00)
    http://www.amigoe.com/artman/publish/artikel_62271.php

    ORANJESTAD — Since the end of last month, there is considerable unrest among the European Dutch citizens after the immigration refused them entry onto the island. It concerns Dutch citizens who have exceeded the maximum stay of 180 days per calendar year. This never occurred before. Since the implementation of the new computer system, the immigration can simply keep track of how long the Dutch citizens stay on the island.

    Those exceeding the 180 days will therefore be expelled. Another problem is the lack of clarity on the residence regulation. In the Immigration Policy for Foreigners, it states that European Dutch citizens may stay on the island for 180 consecutive days per calendar year. The regulation that was employed, was that someone was allowed to stay on Aruba for a maximum of 180 days, and subsequently had to leave the island for thirty days, and return afterwards – without any problem at all – to stay another 180 days on Aruba. This has been changed recently, the immigration organization of the government, Dimas, finally admits.

    In first instance, a co-worker of Dimas stated that the rule of 180 days on Aruba, and thirty days off, was still in force. The supervisor of the immigration department at the airport is contradicting this message. He argues that a European Dutch citizen is allowed to stay for 180 days per twelve months. “That has always been the case, but nobody ever checked it.”

    The supervisor continues, “Before the new computer system, we had to count the days with the help of the stamps in the passports. This was not done. Now we have a new system which makes this control easier.”

    After 1 week, Dimas is finally capable of providing clarity. According to adjunct director Ayesha Staring-Engelbrecht, it is indeed since recently that the immigration has been counting the number of days that person had been on the island. “No one without a permit may stay on the island longer than 180 days per calendar year”, says Engelbrecht.

    Engelbrecht also explains that according to the government, the calendar year starts on the first day that someone arrives on Aruba. “It could therefore also start in August.” This confused among the European Dutch citizens as they think that a calendar year runs from January up to and including December. Engelbrecht said that she currently has contact with ‘a number’ of Dutch citizens who have also encountered this situation. The adjunct director said she had ‘come up with a solution’ for these people so that they could still stay on Aruba longer than the 180 days. However, this group must be in the possession of a so-called ‘renteniersbrief’ (letter confirming this person is living off private means).

    “It is true, that the control on the 180 days-rule should have been communicated better”, said Engelbrecht. “It is an uncongenial measure, but I do want everyone to respect the current rules.”

    According to the immigration department, the Immigration Policy for Foreigners from November 2007 has changed since last month. Upon inquiry with Engelbrecht, it appeared that there was only a document stating the admission requirements for tourist. The document was dated September 8th, the day before yesterday. In this document, the word ‘consecutive’ – which had always led to an interpretation difference between the duped European Dutch citizens and the government – has been deleted. Based on the aforementioned, the Dutch citizens thought that after 180 days on Aruba and thirty days abroad, they could return to Aruba; this was actually tolerated for more than ten years until last month.

    No sunny Christmas
    The group or European Dutch citizens, has meanwhile started a discussion on the internet. From this and other reactions, which the editorial office received, it appears that the duped are not anxious to sound the alarm with the government, especially for fear of ‘retaliation’. “We only bring money to the island”, is one of the reactions. Others also wonder why Aruba is so strict, as they do not make use of the social provisions. Many have a second home here, and remain registered as well as insured in the Netherlands.

    A married couple with a second home says, “Upon arrival on Aruba, the immigration counted the number of days that we’ve been here. The plan was to return around Christmas, but now we don’t know. I really wouldn’t know what to do, if I return at Christmas, and there’s a chance that I’ll be sent back.” Another reaction, “We regularly visit Aruba, but now we do not know what we’re up against; actually we dare not visit the Dimas or phone the Customs, like we say… ‘Let sleeping dogs lie.”

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    Again - this all might change after the elections - so don't freak out yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    a friend of mine (an aruban) told me "you have a better chance of getting into heaven than a work permit in aruba"

    andrea
    I guess not to many jobs are available then.

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