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Sunsmom
02-01-2009, 07:20 PM
I was hoping that someone could answer the questions my husband & I have about moving to Aruba. First is about permanent residency, how long is the process? Is it difficult to receive? We want to start a business of our own, are there any restrictions?

Thanks!:)

~Amy~®
02-01-2009, 07:38 PM
Info regarding relocating/working in Aruba:

http://www.arubachamber.com/relocation.htm (http://www.arubachamber.com/relocation.htm)

It is difficult (but not impossible) if you are not an Aruban or Dutch citizen. Plus there are the additional language requirements most jobs in Aruba have - speaking Dutch, Spanish, Papiamento and English.

Arubalisa
02-01-2009, 07:57 PM
http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/residency.html (http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/residency.html)
http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/moving+to+aruba.html (http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/moving+to+aruba.html)

Permits & Procedures (http://www.arubachamber.com/business-in-aruba/permits-and-procedures)

Director’s license (http://www.arubachamber.com/business-in-aruba/permits-and-procedures) bottom of the page
"The director’s license is necessary for each of the corporation's (NV, AVV or VBA) managing directors, who were not born in Aruba, do not have the Dutch nationality and/or are younger than 18 years. This is also valid for managing directors of foundations and cooperative associations holding a business. The application must be directed to the Minister of Economic Affairs. In case the applicant is a not an Aruban born Dutch national, a residency and work permit is required as well when intending to take up residency in Aruba and to be employed by the NV. The application for the work & residency permit must be directed to the Department of Foreign Admission (DIMAS)."

http://www.arubachamber.com/business-in-aruba/establishing-a-business-in-aruba (http://www.arubachamber.com/establishing.htm)
See details at the bottom of the page regarding "authorized capital" or "so-called minimum issued capital."

http://www.arubachamber.com/business-in-aruba/relocating-to-aruba

Additional resources:
http://www.cbaruba.org/ (http://www.cbaruba.org/) Centrale Bank van Aruba (Aruba's Central Bank)
http://www.arubachamber.com/ (http://www.arubachamber.com/) Chamber of Commerce and Industry Aruba

Sunsmom
02-01-2009, 11:01 PM
Thanks Amy and Arubalisa for your quick response. I will check out the information provided on the links. We would love to raise our children
somewhere as beautiful and relaxing as Aruba. Thank God for this forum, I'm learning so much about the Island!

Sunsmom
02-02-2009, 12:36 PM
We were also wondering if it's possible to grow our own fruits and veggies. Does anyone have a succesful vegetable garden? Is the climate conducive for a raised bed garden? I imagine all we would need is sun, dirt, water and seeds ofcourse!

Schnauzerjoy
02-02-2009, 02:40 PM
There are very few things that you cannot grow, but with the price of water being what it is (combined with very little rain, and sun all the time), it just don't make any financial sense to do it.
But Yes you can :D

Carsten

arubahomeaway
02-02-2009, 05:39 PM
For starting a business or to take over one, you can ask http://www.catcaruba.com/ they can help you with permits and legal advice

Andrea J.
02-02-2009, 06:01 PM
i have a friend that grows tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets
she is very successful!
(she lives in aruba 9 mos of the yr)

one of her concerns was the watering
and that has turned into a non issue

she also has grown cukes and brocolli but is only real successful with the tomatoes


We were also wondering if it's possible to grow our own fruits and veggies. Does anyone have a succesful vegetable garden? Is the climate conducive for a raised bed garden? I imagine all we would need is sun, dirt, water and seeds ofcourse!

mmoreno
02-17-2010, 11:36 AM
hi all,

i am interested in moving to aruba with my dutch fiance. I am a filipina, and me and my fiance finds it hard to stay in netherlands after the wedding since i had to go back here in my country and wait for 6 months for the residence permit, and worse is that the issuance of the visa is not guaranteed. we are both frustrated about immigrating in netherlands, and we would like to live where we cannot be restricted so much of the rules and we can extend our stay as well without taking those exams. and also, i would like to know the budget of a tourist in a day, and if aruba has hostels also, and cheao places to rent..please give me advice on this

thanks,
marjorie

lizzardo
02-17-2010, 02:47 PM
We grow tomatoes at certain times of the year when it's
considered 'colder' at night. Otherwise it's too warm
for some varieties and the buds fall off.

We have to have a tomato cage because iguanas love to
take 1 bite from them. I think it's because they are red.
But I think they taste them and say 'yuk'.

Marjorie -
Process for perm. residency is the same as holland. You
have to take the exam but I think you might now
have the option of taking it in dutch or papimento.
So you will not find it any easier in Aruba than Holland.

Sunsmom -
This is the perfect place to raise kids. If I had moved here younger,
I would have seriously considered having kids. I enjoy
watching the local kids wind and kite surfing especially. There
is one young boy who I think is one of the cutest kids I have
ever seen. The kids aren't raised to be 'afraid' and are
able to have a childhood full of play and fun. The kids
here (generally) are really polite and well behaved.

Andrea J.
02-17-2010, 04:01 PM
in regards to your comments about the kids that live on aruba.
the kids play OUTSIDE every day.
by play i mean PLAY.....like we used to many moons ago b4 nintendo, soccer leagues, dance lessons and all that stuff.

couple of times late afternoon while out on our little travels, we saw little girls on their front step playing dolls. boys and girls playing wiffleball all around, lots of kids/families late afternoons at the beach.

a great place to "play outdoors"
We grow tomatoes at certain times of the year when it's
considered 'colder' at night. Otherwise it's too warm
for some varieties and the buds fall off.

We have to have a tomato cage because iguanas love to
take 1 bite from them. I think it's because they are red.
But I think they taste them and say 'yuk'.

Marjorie -
Process for perm. residency is the same as holland. You
have to take the exam but I think you might now
have the option of taking it in dutch or papimento.
So you will not find it any easier in Aruba than Holland.

Sunsmom -
This is the perfect place to raise kids. If I had moved here younger,
I would have seriously considered having kids. I enjoy
watching the local kids wind and kite surfing especially. There
is one young boy who I think is one of the cutest kids I have
ever seen. The kids aren't raised to be 'afraid' and are
able to have a childhood full of play and fun. The kids
here (generally) are really polite and well behaved.

Missou
04-27-2011, 12:44 PM
My husband and I are so tired of the cold and snowy winters in Canada and are anxious to make a permanent move to the beautiful Caribbean. We are looking at different islands to make our move but aruba is at the top of our list right now. We are francophones and speak fluently in English. We will start studying Spanish soon but I know that Papiamento and Dutch would also be great assets.

We were in Aruba for one day when we sailed on the Celebrity Millennium last April 15th and Hubby went to meet someone at DIMAS. He got a lot of information but will have to contact the chamber of commerce to have some more information about starting a business on the island. He is a massage therapist and would love to open up a little clinic or a spa where he could employ some of the locals.

I am a teacher and read somewhere that there are young people who need to go in Europe to study and that French is an asset for them. I'll have to get more information on this. Who knows, I could become a French tutor on the island.

Today, it is cloudy and 10 degrees celcius cold here... I miss the sun and the warmth of the Caribbean islands!!!!

rensig
04-27-2011, 01:32 PM
So Do you have to have $106,000 in that bank account, or, by being married you only need $53,000? you know, the account that shows you won't become a burden to the government? It's kind of confusing to me? how does a family with say, 2 kids move there?

Tom and Stanley
04-27-2011, 03:13 PM
The thing that confuses me is, how can they look for you to have $100,000 on hand when the locals only make about $20,000 per year in salary. . . . That is the confusing part. If I retire with only an anual income of $ 50,000 I do not qualify for residencey even if I own my home out right. . . . .

Andrea J.
04-27-2011, 03:31 PM
have you looked into it further tom?
DIMAS wants to see that you (or anyone) will not be a financial burden.
$106,000 in the bank? is that true?

i do know, when one becomes a resident, one must post a bond to cover their "deportation" if the need arises.

maybe some expatriots can add to this?

gaby
04-27-2011, 03:35 PM
how long is a visa good for at one given time?? and if you leave, how long can you return and apply for a visa again?

Missou
04-27-2011, 04:07 PM
According to the papers we got from Dimas, someone who wants to retire in Aruba needs to have a pension or somekind of income of 100 000 guilders net per year. Since 1 US dollar is equal to 1,75 guilder, an american would need 57 150$ whether he comes alone or with a spouse.

If one wants to come and work for an exciting company, the employer needs to ensure a net revenue of 50 000 guilders or 28 600USD per year.

We still need to make some research about openning a business on the island. The chamber of commerce is the next place we need to contact.

Arubalisa
04-27-2011, 10:38 PM
http://www.aruba.com/forum/f34/residence-minimum-income-requirements-change-47870/
Looks like $55,000 USD per year is the figure.

Missou
04-28-2011, 05:52 AM
Thank you Arubalisa. This information makes it a lot easier for us to plan our move within the next 5 years :D:D

Have a nice day!!

Dominique

Pensionado
04-28-2011, 04:48 PM
Hello I was at the tax office in Aruba last August and they told me I would have to have $60K in bank or be able to show that I have a pension or some other guaranteed income totalling $60K US a month.

I just left Aruba April 23,2011 and I am heading back end of May to hand in my papers to Dimas. My appointment is the 26th. I have already signed a lease and gathered all the documentation.. I am soooooo excited!!

Has anyone on this forum moved from Boston? If so did you use a shipping company that you can refer to me?
Thanks

Andrea J.
04-28-2011, 05:10 PM
welcome to the forum pensionado.
you are soon to be an expatriot.

you mean $60K a year right?

Pensionado
04-28-2011, 05:14 PM
Thank you...
I have read post on this forum for over two years and thought I should finally join now that I can contribute something to the conversation.

Andrea J.
04-28-2011, 05:20 PM
even if you cannot contribute....pop on and say hello

keep us abreast of your "adventures"...the good, bad, ugly of the move to aruba.
i bet it is not easy.
but on the otherhand, it is certainly something to look forward to.

my husband and i retired and moved from waltham, ma to florida with a brief stay in maine in between.
heading to fla was the best decision!

unless we win the lottery, we'd never be able to afford aruba with our pensions. social security not for another while yet!


Thank you...
I have read post on this forum for over two years and thought I should finally join now that I can contribute something to the conversation.

Arubalisa
04-28-2011, 06:20 PM
Has anyone on this forum moved from Boston? If so did you use a shipping company that you can refer to me?
Thanks
http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/shipping%20to%20aruba.html

http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/shipping%20car.html

BillStellaR
04-29-2011, 09:39 PM
Does anyone have any information on income tax for residents? I read somewhere that you are taxed on world income in Aruba so if your income or pension comes from Canada or the US, you would be double taxed.

Arubalisa
04-29-2011, 10:18 PM
Does anyone have any information on income tax for residents? I read somewhere that you are taxed on world income in Aruba so if your income or pension comes from Canada or the US, you would be double taxed.
http://www.aruba.com/forum/f34/faqs-jobs-moving-living-business-aruba-38727/

http://www.globalpropertyguide.com/Caribbean/Aruba/Taxes-and-Costs

http://www.goldcoastaruba.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=171:liability-for-taxation&catid=51:faq

http://www.goldcoastaruba.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=170:capital-gains&catid=51:faq

Pensionado
05-04-2011, 08:58 PM
You will be taxed but it depends on your income how much it will be. If you are making less than $100,000 US it's around $2,200.. Don't forget you are allowed to show losses like in your home country.Deductions and right offs..

Ps: thank You Lisa

Missou
05-05-2011, 11:01 AM
How nice... The pension I get here in Quebec because of a serious car accident that caused me to have a severe head trauma is not taxable but once I move to Aruba, I will have to pay taxes on them. I never though about that one :doh: At least now I now that it wonn't cost me a whole lot.

Thanks Pensionado ;)

Pensionado
05-07-2011, 08:41 AM
No problem but don't forget they do allow right offs..for a home or whatever expenses you have..

antoinette
07-06-2012, 04:20 PM
I have the same sort of question. I may be offered a job in aruba and obtain a work permit, but how would my husband be able to join me?? We are both residence of the UK. is there any way he can stay on the island with my for more than 190 days per year.. ?? :confused:

i may be able to support us both with my job, but i do not want to be apart from him.