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    katief241981 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Spouses at AUA

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    My fiance' got accepted into AUA for May of 2009. We are very excited but i wanted to know some more info for spouses. I have heard that we are only allowed to stay there for something like 4 months at a time? Also, is there a spouses organization? What are the rules on employment?? Any other info would be appreciated as well!!!

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    Spouses are not allowed to work in Antigua and if caught you will be deported so please do not try. I know of one spouse that was deported and had her passport revoked for 6 months. There is no spouses organization either. Unfortunately, AUA is not a good school for the spouses. My husband was escorted off campus the one time he tried to step foot on and was told not to come back. As for staying in Antigua by applying for a visa, that is easy but time consuming once you are in Antigua.


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    Quote Originally Posted by islandthrift View Post
    Unfortunately, AUA is not a good school for the spouses. My husband was escorted off campus the one time he tried to step foot on and was told not to come back.
    That's crazy.

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    I have heard that you have to submit tax info to determine if you have enough money to stay. Does anyone know what they consider to be "enough money"

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    They're basically wanting to make sure you have enough money to live without obtaining a job in antigua. As for the "exact" amount..i think it's whatever they feel like. As for obtaining work visa's, it is possible. My wife is in the process of "perhaps" training respiratory therapists in the new hospital (which the minister of health says should open around Christmas). So if your spouse has a skill that "wont take away from local workers" than you can usually obtain a work visa. And this semester AUA implemented visitor passes. If your spouse wants to visit you for lunch, you meet them at the gate and the guard will give them a temporary visitor pass.

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    And knowing AUA, there's probably a nominal fee for the temporary visitor's pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgilbert63 View Post
    And knowing AUA, there's probably a nominal fee for the temporary visitor's pass.
    Actually, there was the first semester I was there. Then they stopped issuing the visitor passes to spouses...weird...


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    I will actually be a certified Physician's Assistant by the time he begins and by the time we would be moving down there. However, seeing as how PA's exist only in the US, I'm not sure that they would allow me to do my job in Antigua. I am ok with not working, but it would be nice if I could. I would at the very least, like to be able volunteer in some aspect of health care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katief241981 View Post
    I will actually be a certified Physician's Assistant by the time he begins and by the time we would be moving down there. However, seeing as how PA's exist only in the US, I'm not sure that they would allow me to do my job in Antigua. I am ok with not working, but it would be nice if I could. I would at the very least, like to be able volunteer in some aspect of health care.

    since you will be a PA by the time he starts at AUA, have you considered staying home and getting your career on the road? Just curios. I just had my interview and I am a newlywed, but if I get in the hubby is staying home to finish school and continue working. Of course we will miss each other, but I think it's the best thing for us in the long run.

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    Yes, i will be staying behind for about 6 months to work and save up money to pay off loans. As of right now, I am planning on joining him in December. Of course, we will have to do what we have to do and if that means being apart then so be it. But i was just exploring my options and hoping to join him on the island in december

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