Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Working in Aruba as a Manual Osteopath

Aruba (One Happy Island) is a beautiful, luxury Caribbean island of the Netherlands. It is a perfect place for manual osteopaths to work for those interested in an island lifestyle.

While Dutch & Papiamento are official languages, everyone speaks English and US dollar is the main currency used, even though Florin is the official currency. The island is small (32 km long, population 105,000) but millions of tourists visit it regularly and it is well developed, safe and clean.

Manual osteopaths interested to work in the Island should first secure employment in a medical clinic, spa, resort, hotel, rehab, physiotherapy or massage therapy clinic or a gym. With the employment offer they can obtain a work visa easily that can be renewed every year.

Those who work for 10 years can receive Aruba residency. They can then apply to the Netherlands for a Dutch passport issued in Europe. Those on work visa are permitted to purchase real estate. Foreigners, without work visa are permitted to open their own businesses in Aruba as well.

As Aruba has Netherlands tax system, it is not a tax heaven like some other Caribbean countries. The corporation tax rate is 25%. Employee tax rate is a progressive system with a maximum of 55% (cat 1) and 59% (cat 2) for incomes of $150,000 and over. There is no income tax for income of less than $10,000/yr.
The quality of lifestyle in Aruba is high. Food is amazing (some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean are in Aruba), beaches are perfect and the weather is 29 degrees year round as it is just 20 miles to Venezuela. Unlike some other islands, the real estate is not that expensive. A detached 3 bedroom house can be purchased for $350,000 walking distance from the beach. Wages are high, people are wealthy in general, most have private health insurance, and there is a chance for workers to become citizens of Aruba and then receive Dutch passport.

Aruba is one of my most favourite Caribbean destinations. 


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