Becoming An Immigrant To Mexico Was More Difficult Than I Thought

2013. It was the first year that I decided that I would want to live in Mexico one day after a few days of stay in the Cancun area.

Since then up until now, I have been to many places in Mexico discovering the country and finding out where I would really want to relocate there.

Some of the places I have researched are: Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Valladolid, Tulum, Ria Lagartos, Acapulco, Mexico City and just recently, Puerto Vallarta.

Initially, my plan was to put up a sort of a small satellite office servicing the needs of our office in Canada. My job was as a technical & IT support to our travel agency in Canada.

Initially, I only wanted to stay as long as the winter months in Mexico – in one particular place and do not have plans of exploring the country.

But as the years pass and as I get to know the people and the different places in the country even more, my plan has changed. I do not want to just be a winter snowbirder in the country. I wanted to call the country as HOME for longer than 180 days.

The problem is, as I contemplate and research further about how to go about becoming a resident of Mexico with a permit to work, start a business or open a bank account – the more elusive it seemed to be, if I were to base it on my present financials.

Or maybe I was just overthinking and too afraid to initiate the process.

I think that if I were given the chance to live in Mexico, I will be able to make use of the skills that I acquired thru years of experience in different fields of practice. I maybe able to transfer knowledge to Mexican businesses that I notice have no international experience like I do.

As I explored further the country, the more I find opportunities that I see were available but were not being exploited by Mexicans I meet and got in touch with. What I commonly see as their shortcoming – their inability to express themselves in the English language.

But, on the other hand, I also get ideas from Mexicans I talk to but they do not see the potential – unless told to them. Again, the lack of competency in English comprehension was to blame. For, the best references to best practices in improving businesses were mostly written in English.

That is one reason I changed my plan of staying only in the winter months in Mexico. I was discovering many business opportunities that were existing there.

I want to start setting up at least one, so that whoever is interested among my kids in the future can take-over and enjoy the best of both worlds – Canada & Mexico.

For now, my concern was how to qualify as a resident of Mexico. Right now, I may stay there as a visitor for 180 days (approximately 6 months), but will not be able to put up a business, which is what I’m aiming at at present. But, I will find a way one day much like how I found a way when I decided to move to Canada. It will just take a little bit of time.

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