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Mexico: Teaching jobs:

First, yes, eslcafe.com is a tried and true portal. Second, just do what RV GRINGO says. I don't know if you're retired, but you'll need the proper visa, and, in any case, while some directors will hire you "under the table", don't do it. Years and years ago, I did it the "improper way" to get started, then did it the proper way through the university's attorneys -- much better.

Mexico: Equifax breach would pose problems for expats:

I'm surprised not to find any posting on the mega Equifax breach, putting at risk millions of SS, CC, and other personal data. Those w/o credit monitoring would never know if a fraudulent hard inquiry turns into a fraudulent account until the bills start piling up in your name. In that case, even if you lived next door to all the bureaus, there would be a mountain of paperwork to resolve just one such incident. So, are expats just letting it go as some sort of fake news or putting some protections in place? I found one Chapala expat who froze all accounts before crossing the border, even before this news came out. That was probably smart.

Mexico: Best INEXPENSIVE beach areas to live in Mexico:

Take your previous respondents seriously. I traveled/lived in many parts of Mexico 20 years ago and more. That grand would have gotten you the budget you suggest. Now, no way, that grand might be your rent payment. Even Chapala seems to have fallen to the inflated prices along with the increase of expats driving up all costs. And don't even think about Hawaii. But check it out....ask the same question on Chapala.com.

Mexico: Americans retiring in MX, concerns and questions.:

Cozumeldeb, I'm sure there is no problem keeping up original Medicare A/B, as the premium is taken out anyway, but I'd be interested to know how you managed to keep your Supplemental out of state, let alone out of country. I have plan F hi deductible in AZ, but that's only because the insurer sells this policy in AZ, and, moreover, the premium is adjusted for AZ. I'm not even sure I could keep it if I were to move to Palm Springs, let alone Mexico. So, how'd you do it?

Mexico: Hostility toward Americans?:

I like reading the postings; always learn something new. Never even gave a thought to the July 2018 election; could change a lot. Read one of the newer posts by Cozumeldeb on condo vs. house. She's right. I rented a room once in Hermosillo w/o even realizing a carpentry shop was below it -- all noise all the time. Rented a house in Cuernavaca, again, w/o asking questions. Neighbors with all night, and I mean all night, bdays, or any excuse days. So, rethinking rushing into any visa, too many "what ifs". Has anyone done this: Just enter the typical way on a visitor's visa, spend your months "getting your feet wet", "nosing around" and if all, and I mean all, looks good, just fly into Mexicali (or could be Tijuana), cross by foot, take care of business at the Calexico consulate (or the SD side), and then take the plunge. And, yes, the pitch forks are out on both sides in the U.S. You can imagine what will happen if the DPPK situation blows up. Stay tuned.

Mexico: Retire Early:

Michael, look closely at the postings. Be dead sure on receiving SSI abroad, so ask in country first. Along the idea of "first", first gather your ideas together and spend six months in different places, some safe, some not. Best place to improve Spanish is Cuernavaca, just an hour down the hill from DF. Spend a few weeks on a home stay with classes. Nose around, meet locals --- Centro on Sundays is great for that. I have osteoarthritis in both hips, not disabling, but I'd stay away from hills now. I'm not sure what the attraction is to PV, but make it part of the tour ... see for yourself.

Mexico: Tale of two consulates:

Tucson consulate is practically down the street from me. So, old story in that you need to ferret out your docs required and make an appointment by phone, which is hard because no one answers the phone, and they don't return calls. Won't see anyone w/o an appointment, i.e., not worth the time of day to just show up. Nogales, AZ was recommended. Guess what, they don't answer their phone at all, not even an answering machine. No web site. Calexico ... no web site. Phoenix, same story. Intermediaries were recommended; they wouldn't give me the time of day. Not a complainer, but this would seem to be a bad sign. So, before giving up on it and shifting my interest to Medellin, would like to hear some success stories, or, in the alternative, from those who found the barrier not worth it and did give up.

Colombia: Put your trust in EPS?:

As a prospective TP7 holder, I would have to put my trust (i.e., life) in the hands of Nueva EPS, being over 65 and doubtless uninsurable by the private insurers. Asking of those on EPS if their trust level is on a par with Medicare in the U.S. or if those on EPS are continuing to pay Part B just in case. That would tend to indicate a lower trust level in the case of serious, continuing, or intractable health issues. In any case, looks like Medellin would be the best bet for good care. For comparison, in Mexico, which I've given up on, there are three forms of "universal" health care: ISSSTE, IMMS, and Seguro Popular. For IMMS, you can have virtually no preexisting conditions, but for Seguro, it doesn't matter, but the services are, I would say, akin to Medicaid in the U.S. ISSSTE is for civil servants and does not apply to expats.

Colombia: TP 7 in or out of country:

Which is the better way to apply for TP7, out of country at nearest CO embassy (in my case, LA) or in country in Bogota? Seems like the less risky bet is out of country. If the app is denied, no big loss, whereas if the app is denied while in country....well, you can just imagine. Or is it six of one, half dozen of the other? Any good and/or bad experiences either way?

Mexico: Those who moved to Puerto Vallarta from Palm Springs area:

No one has responded, but it's a narrow population. I live in Tucson, and we're in the monsoon now, but I have lived in PSP (Ramon & Farrell), and I know the town very well. July would be next to insufferably hot and dry now, but I never really minded it. I like the Coachella Valley climate. I have lived in PV, also. When you step off the plane, you'll notice a certain steamy mugginess, but it's the wet season in Mexico. This goes away, and I doubt if you'll only be aware of the sunny days, in the high 70s, low 80s, summer or winter. As distinct from PSP, what you may not like so well is the very crowded PV metro area that stretches all the way from Mismaloya (sic?) to the Marina. Then there's the safety question, which, when I was there, I never even thought of. But I guess if you have money and stay in a high-end hi-rise, you should be OK. Expats on the forums are even begging would-be expats to go somewhere else --- again just too many people and too much traffic. Also, the cruise ships put in there.

 

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