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Thread: Moving to Aruba to be with my husband!

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    Moving to Aruba to be with my husband!

    Hello!

    I am from the U.S and my husband has lived in Aruba his entire life (and is a permanent resident w/ a Dutch passport). We got married in Aruba last year. We weren't sure if we were going to apply for him to come to the U.S, but we decided that it would be best if I come live in Aruba with him. We are probably about a year or so away from doing that because I am finishing a schooling program/ saving money.

    What is this process like and when should we begin this process? I have looked at the DIMA website and saw some info, but I can tell (since it is translated from Dutch) there are things that are very vague. It seems like they just want you to come in person and make an appointment? Also we are thinking of buying property together, so my name would be listed on that - not sure if that would help or hurt.

    Also, I have heard it can be quite challenging to get a work permit. I have a marketing degree and have worked at several upscale restaurants and hospitality management companies here in a major U.S city. Can anyone let me know what this process is like? We really just want to be with each other, start a family etc. Any help would be MORE than appreciated.

    I am coming to Aruba in mid- March and would also love to meet up with anyone for a drink/coffee while I am down there!

    xoxo Katie
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    welcome to the aruba.com and happy holidays!

    your husband could get the process rolling quite easily, by visiting DIMAS and bringing all of your marriage documents.
    I do not know if it is an easy peasy process, but I think since you are married to an aruba resident, your residency process would be easier to obtain than someone like me (a USA citizen with a USA spouse)

    as far as a work permit..........I have no idea if that would be an easy process. I suspect it would be difficult.

    your husband can get all of the pertinent info for residency and get the ball rolling without you being there.
    ask your husband to make a visit to DIMAS or you could go in march and get the lowdown yourself.

    good luck




    Quote Originally Posted by katieg2185 View Post
    Hello!

    I am from the U.S and my husband has lived in Aruba his entire life (and is a permanent resident w/ a Dutch passport). We got married in Aruba last year. We weren't sure if we were going to apply for him to come to the U.S, but we decided that it would be best if I come live in Aruba with him. We are probably about a year or so away from doing that because I am finishing a schooling program/ saving money.

    What is this process like and when should we begin this process? I have looked at the DIMA website and saw some info, but I can tell (since it is translated from Dutch) there are things that are very vague. It seems like they just want you to come in person and make an appointment? Also we are thinking of buying property together, so my name would be listed on that - not sure if that would help or hurt.

    Also, I have heard it can be quite challenging to get a work permit. I have a marketing degree and have worked at several upscale restaurants and hospitality management companies here in a major U.S city. Can anyone let me know what this process is like? We really just want to be with each other, start a family etc. Any help would be MORE than appreciated.

    I am coming to Aruba in mid- March and would also love to meet up with anyone for a drink/coffee while I am down there!

    xoxo Katie

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    Thank you Andrea!

    That seems like the best way is for him to just go and inquire about it! For work it seems like it would be very difficult for me (especially because I'm not like a doctor or something). I am hoping to even find a work-from-home type of job.

    Andrea, do you live in Aruba part of the year or year round? Because I would becoming an ex-pat - what is health insurance like?
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    no, I am only in aruba 4 weeks a year.

    once you are a full time legal aruba resident I think that you qualify for the health.

    Quote Originally Posted by katieg2185 View Post
    Thank you Andrea!

    That seems like the best way is for him to just go and inquire about it! For work it seems like it would be very difficult for me (especially because I'm not like a doctor or something). I am hoping to even find a work-from-home type of job.

    Andrea, do you live in Aruba part of the year or year round? Because I would becoming an ex-pat - what is health insurance like?

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    Welcome to the forum... and 'just being together and starting a family' is a wonderful time to look forward to. I can't help with the process.... but I hope it's easy!
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