The foreign applicant has to be in good health: Admission takes place subject to the condition that the results of the medical examination taking place in Aruba upon arrival are in order. This means that the individual who is obligated to have a permit cannot have a chronic – or contagious – disease. The individual who is obligated to have a permit has to report to the Department of Contagious Diseases (Avicenastraat 10) and submit the results of the mandatory medical examinations within 10 days upon arrival in Aruba, and request a ‘declaration of no objection’ regarding the issue of a permit based on the results of the medical examinations. The Department of Contagious Diseases will send the declaration to the DIMAS, be it positive or negative. If the declaration is negative, the permit request will be denied. The applicant will have to leave Aruba.
D I M A S Departamento di Integracion, Maneho y Admision di Stranhero Presentation Valero Foreigner Admission Policy December 11, 2008
DIMAS Operational: July 1 st , 2006 Ministry of Public Health, Environment, Administrative and Alien Affairs Minister, Mr. drs. C.A.S.D. Wever Department of Alien Integration, Policy and Admission (DIMAS) Director, Mrs. K.G. Ruiz-Paskel, LL.M.
To process requests for residence permits and declarations based on the following laws:
RWN: Netherlands Nationality Act.
LTUV: the State Ordinance on Admission, Expulsion and Deportation.
BW: Civil Code.
To give advise to the foreign representations of the Kingdom of the Netherlands regarding the issue of visitors visas, and to the Governor’s office, the IND (Immigration and Naturalization office of the Netherlands), and the Civil Registry about the admission status of foreign residents.
The current National Ordinance on Admission, Expulsion and Deportation (LTUV) was introduced on July 1 st 2006. Some of the articles of the old LTU became obsolete. Because of this transitory general transition period of three (3) years will be applicable until July 1 st 2009 in the cases mentioned below. After this transition period has expired, the provisions will also fully apply to them.
Those foreign residents who did not need a permit to live and/or work in Aruba, in this case with residency status by virtue of Article 1 (paragraph 1, letter d, e, or f) or Article 3 (paragraph 1, letter g or i) of the old LTU will need a residence permit as of July 1, 2009 if they do not have the Dutch nationality at that time.
Everyone who has already had a permanent residence permit before July 1, 2006 by virtue of the LTU at the end of the transition period, in this case on July 1, 2009, will retain this residence permit.
Everyone who wants to live and work on Aruba needs a residence permit, with the exception of the following people:
Those who belong in the categories mentioned in article 1 of the National Ordinance on Admission, Expulsion and Deportation (LTUV) :
Dutch citizens as such born on Aruba and those who obtained the Dutch nationality in Aruba.
Dutch citizens who have been residents of Aruba since before January 1 st , 1986, without interruption.
Dutch citizens who were born as such outside of Aruba and at least one of whose parents fall under one of the above mentioned categories or whose parent if deceased belonged to one of these categories before he/she died.
Also exempted from the obligation to have a residence permit are those persons mentioned in article 3 of the LTUV .
individuals employed by one of the countries of the Kingdom or by another country or international organization, designated by State Decree, containing General Administrative Orders. These also include Netherlands troops stationed in Aruba, as they are also employed by the Netherlands;
individuals who used to be employed by Aruba or before January 1, 1986 used to be employed by the Netherlands Antilles or the Insular Territory of Aruba and on account hereof enjoy a pension or benefit as a pension, as well as not remarried widows of these individuals;
professional consuls, professional officials of consulates, and other consulate staff admitted as such to Aruba;
troops for the duration they are stationed in Aruba. This applies to foreign troops stationed in Aruba, for instance in connection with preparations for exercises in Aruban waters and on land;
passengers of vessels or aircraft belonging to the navy or air force of any powers, for the duration they visit Aruba with permission of the competent authority;
Dutch citizens who have been admitted to Aruba by operation of law or by virtue of a permit without interruption for five years or more.
The individuals mentioned under the afore mentioned categories are free to request a declaration from the DIMAS stating that they are admitted by virtue of law and therefore don’t require a residence permit. This is not an obligation.
As an employer you can ask the prospective employee a document that acts as proof that he/she belongs to one of the permit exempted categories, such as a birth certificate, a certificate from the civil registry or a passport.
The term of residence granted to someone who wants to settle in Aruba depends on the reason for the residence.
If it concerns an admission for temporary residence with employment authorization this can be for a shorter or longer period of time. Basically, all temporary residence permits are issued for a maximum of one (1) year, and they have to be renewed each year.
In case of a temporary residence permit for a short period of time (less than one year), the permit will be granted for the duration of the activity, event, or project.
In case of a temporary residence permit with permission to undertake employment in order to fill a vacancy, the permit will normally be issued for up to one (1) year.
Rotation system: maximum term of residence of three years
A rotation system of a term of residence of a maximum of three (3) years applies to all temporary residence permits with employment authorization that were issued for the first time after June 24 th , 2002.
This means that all employees who were issued a first time temporary residence permit after the mentioned date, are allowed to live and work on Aruba for up to three years.
The permit holder has to renew his permit at least three months before his current permit expires. If the permit of the individual concerned has not been renewed in time before the maximum term of residence has expired after his first or second year of legal residence, he will also have to leave Aruba within six (6) weeks in that case.
The alien who has come to Aruba temporarily to fulfill a certain position has to leave Aruba within six (6) weeks after the maximum term of residence of three (3) years has expired, irrespective of whether or not a local worker is available on the local job market.
After a period of three (3) years abroad, the alien can apply for admission to Aruba again.
First time application: only charges are paid before filing the application. Permit fee and deposit must be paid if permit is conditionally approved and if VTA is to be issued. Dues must be paid within 2 months of having received the payment order. A copy of the payment receipt(s) must be submitted to the DIMAS.
Renewal: charges and fees must be paid before filing the application.
File the application:
By appointment only: appointment can be made through www.dimasaruba.com .
No appointment is necessary for: re-entry permits, certificate of admission, extension tourist stay. Monday – Thursday, between 2:30-4:00.
Decisions on permit applications are sent to the applicant or (in case of a first application) to the guarantor or employer through certified mail, as well as payment orders and the VTA if a first application is conditionally approved.
Applications for the renewal of a temporary residence permit must be filed at least three months prior to the expiration of the current permit.
If a first application is conditionally approved:
VTA: temporary admission to Aruba.
Valid for three months: applicant needs VTA to gain temporary admission to Aruba to meet final conditions for issue of permit.
VTA does not replace the permit obligation.
Applicant must follow procedures to obtain “declaration of no objection medical examinations”.
Reasonable term to leave Aruba: the guarantor/employer is responsible for it that the individual who is obligated to have a permit leaves Aruba within a period of six (6) weeks when his permit has expired or if the guarantee will not be continued.
The guarantor continues to vouch for all costs that may occur or that have not been paid with regard to the foreign individual and/or his family.
Need to have an employer and the necessary papers (diplomas, certificates etc) for the job function concerned.
Temporary residence is issued for the specific employer and the specific job function. If the professional wants to change employers or job function, he has to apply for a change or permit and show that he has the necessary education for the new job function. If such is not the case, he’ll require a DAO declaration.
The spouse and minor children of the following categories can apply for a temporary residence permit without employment authorization. If the spouse wants to work he/she can apply for a change of permit, but will require an employer and a DAO declaration.
Family members of Dutch citizens
Family members of a permanent residence permit holder
Family members of individuals who have been admitted (temporarily) and who are exempt from the maximum term of residence of three (3) years (for instance individuals of independent means, retired individuals, or the category defined as highly skilled migrant by State Decree).
Spouses of professional consuls and consulate staff are admitted by virtue of law.
End of marriage between foreigner and article 1 or 3 LTUV:
If less than 5 years: foreign partner has to leave Aruba with family members in his/her custody. Exemption may be granted if children of Dutch nationality born of the marriage, or whom were acknowledged by the husband, and of whom the foreign partner has custody. In that case temporary residence permit with employment authorization and not employer restricted.
If more than 5 years: temporary residence permit with employment authorization and not employer restricted.
End of marriage between foreigners:
If less than 5 years: foreign partner who was admitted based on family reunification must leave within three months with the family members in his/her custody. Unless he/she has his/her own residence permit with employment authorization.
If more than 5 years: partner who was admitted based on family reunification, and the family members assigned to him/her, can be granted a temporary residence permit with employment authorization if no local employee is available and subject to a DAO declaration of no objection. Unless he/she has her own residence permit with employment authorization or if the partner has naturalized.
Be guarantor for the live-in maid during the term of residence of three (3) years.
Show a copy of the employment contract with the live-in maid, which meets the minimum standards as established by Aruba legislation.
Have an annual income of at least Afl. 50,000.00 net per year, alone or as a couple. If first permit was received before November 1 st 2007, the minimum net income level of Afl. 36,000.00 remains applicable for subsequent renewals.
Dispose of a maid’s room with its own entrance and separate bathroom.
Maid’s living quarters is inspected by DIMAS officials as part of the application process.
Individuals can come to Aruba for a certain period of time as a trainee or as a participant in practical training.
Temporary residence permit without employment authorization.
They receive the permit specifically for the employer where they’ll do their traineeship. They are not allowed to be employed elsewhere during their stay.
A DAO certificate of no objection is not required.
This period of traineeship may not be longer than twelve (12) months. During these twelve (12) months, they cannot be admitted a second time as trainee or participant in practical training. After expiration or premature termination of their traineeship/practice they have to leave Aruba within a period of three (3) weeks, given the object of their traineeship/practice.
Non-Dutch residents who can prove that they have been a legal resident of Aruba for a period of at least 10 years without interruption qualify for a permanent residence permit.
Gaps in the term of residence are not permitted, this means that there cannot be periods of time in which the applicant did not have legal residence during his term of residence.
If the term of residence of the applicant has been interrupted due to circumstances not demonstrably attributable to the alien, this will be taken into account and not be used to his detriment when the uninterrupted term of residence is determined.
A declaration of no objection to entering the labor market issued by the Department of Labor and Research is required for the issue of a temporary residence permit with employment authorization.
All foreigners who want to work on Aruba need to submit this declaration, with the exception of:
Spouses of those who fall under article 1 or 3 of the LTUV, in case of a divorce after a legal residency of more than 5 years.
Minors who have been admitted for more than 6 years, because they were part of a legal family of a person falling under article 1 or 3 LTUV, and who when they have reached the age of 18 years old have requested a temporary residence permit with employment authorization.
Women of non-Dutch nationality who have children that were ‘acknowledged’ by a man of Dutch nationality born on Aruba, and who through ‘acknowledgement’ became Dutch citizens.
Non-Dutch nationals after a continued legal residency of more than five years if still with the same employer and with the same function. If changing employers or job function, the DAO declaration is required.
Spouses of those mentioned in articles 1 or 3 of the LTUV.
Domestic servants (live-in maid).
Foreign directors with a directors permit issued by the Department of Economics.
Artists: if in Aruba for a single or multiple performances.
Physicians and other job functions indicated by the Minister of Public Health.
Dutch citizens, in case of renewals. In case of changing employers or job function the DAO declaration is required.