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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.

Colombia: How to drain your money away:

I'm a neophyte, so my question is going to be a dumb one. I thought poor EPS services would be my only problem. I have income from SS, trust, and my own business. So, you're saying CO is going to collect tax on all those sources? (in addition to the outrageous SE I pay IRS every quarter). I said it was dumb.

Colombia: Cali's San Antonio and Granada barrios:

Google search and You Tube vids seem to tout these two barrios as prime real estate, walkable and safe, though compared to what I don't know. Anyway, apart from these two would anyone have additional suggestions that meet the criteria above, or maybe smaller "suburban" areas outside the main density of Cali -- Palmira? I'm trying to find a climate that would please me, and Cali, while not on water, does have an even averages throughout the year.

Mexico: Visas and online business:

I've asked the same question. CozumelDeb is right if, as in my case, my the business is unrelated to Mexican income. In my case, the work comes from virtually all over the world (so happens, none from Mexico), but a lot from So America, Asia and, of course, U.S. I have used PayPal for 14 years. Just withdraw to U.S. account. No problem.

Mexico: couple in our 40's looking for insight to Pureto Vallarta regioninsight:

Curious to know why hanging with expats is "crucial." Before thinking location, start thinking integration, socialization in a culture way not Canada. Go to a language school (great picks in Cuernavaca, just down the mountain from DF), learn and use Spanish in shops and around. You'll be respected for just trying. And PV? Years ago when I was in my 40s, it was great. Not now. Too crowded and can't take a bus to Acapulco -- too dangerous in SW Mexico. I'd say get your feet wet with a family stay in Cuernavaca, several weeks of immersion. Travel back and forth to DF, make the Zona Rosa rounds, enjoy VIPs. Meanwhile you can start to explore places, but with both locals and expats right there in the know.

Mexico: Chapala rental:

I think you'd have better luck going to the Chapala.com webboard. Posters are extremely helpful. Should be tons of places.

Colombia: TP7/Cancilleria/what to expect:

As backstory to the question, I qualify for permanent residence in Mexico, but the process is started in the States. Live a few blocks from Tucson consulate -- they don't answer the phone -- Nogales --- same, so can't get docs required or make an appointment. I won't copy the Yelp reviews, but all bad for LA/Phoenix, etc. So, I'm not thin-skinned or impatient, but how have TP7 visa holders found the process inside CO, normal South American paper shuffling or major hassle. I see an online application. I thought one applied for the T7 in country.

Colombia: Rionegro vs. Medellin:

Would those living in Rionegro consider that location to be a smaller scale version of Medellin with comparable services (e.g., EPS), shopping, with the advantages of less traffic, population density and proximity to more natural surroundings? Or is it a smaller version of Medellin with an amount of traffic, population and noise that equals that of Medellin?

Mexico: finding an apartment in Acapulco:

Traveled easily between PV and Acapulco ---years and years ago. Have to agree with your two respondents. I wouldn't touch it today. Check US State warnings for southwestern Mexico. Tons of seaside places in Mexico, some much safer. Check Yucatan or Cabo and bear in mind that it is the wet (read hurricane) season.

Mexico: Retiring to Ajijic questions:

Paxson is the expert on all things insurance in Mexico. I'd keep both A and B until Congress kills it all. Meanwhile, you could work on establishing on the national Mexican healthcare (Mexico can do it, but the US can't-- wonder why). Questions 2 and 3 excellent, but I haven't been in the GDL area for some time and best to get on the Chapala.com web board for great insight and wonderful responders. As to bottled water, hands down, use it always. I even cooked with it.

Mexico: Caribbean side Expat Communities?:

CZM deb is very helpful; surprised to the phrase "political unrest" in the U.S., but, sad to say, it's true and a driver pushing me toward the Yucatan. CZM has the advantage of being close, but isolated. I think in the Bahamas, the crime would be staggering. I have to say after years and years of traveling in and out of Mexico (albeit before the rise of the cartels), I never once had an untoward or unsafe event. But that was years ago. Reportedly, Yucatan is one of the safer states.

Mexico: Dental clinic:

You didn't get one reply. When I get my Temporal, I may be looking for implant work, but not in DF. Even if you get a recommendation, watch out! I was foolish enough years ago to have a crown fitted in a little town south and east of Hermosillo, called Alamos. Tooth got infected a few weeks later and had to be extracted. So, again, be very careful.

Mexico: Trial visit to Lake Chapala:

First, tons of peseros along the north shore from Chapala to Ajijic and beyond, just wait along the road and hop on.The Society is right there on the ground and easy to find. But I agree with Cozumeldeb, look around. Lakeside, I rented in Riberas del Pilar, and Coldwell Banker was extraordinarily helpful (see Chapala.com). I have experience in GDL, DF, Hermosillo Alamos, north and south Baja, and many of the resorts along the Mexican Riviera. But also consult the website Yucatan Living, the section on diversity in Yucatan state. You might be surprised by Merida. When I was younger, much younger, I lived the Zona Rosa "hi life", so for special concerns please feel free to chat.

Mexico: Consular conundrum:

My aim is to apply for the visa temporal because I qualify for it under the minimum wage * 300 or 500 days /current value of Mexican peso rule. My sources of income and, hence, savings are divided among U.S. Social Security, monthly interest from trust account, and net profit from my 14-year-old business, which I conduct remotely. I am the sole proprietor. The total geneally amounts to around $2000/month. However, from what I've read, it isn't clear what sources of income would be considered qualifying to the Mexican consul. Costa Rica, for example, only accepts government-guaranteed benefits or other guaranteed pension income. So, the conundrum is this. You state that you are applying for a visa as a retiree, but in this case, when asked to identify the specific sources of income, as indicated on the financial papers, I would have to declare what I just wrote above. I guess the response would be if you're conducting your own business and realizing income from it, then you're not retired. Many of you may be independently wealthy, but show me retirees today who don't have to work past 65. Therefore, I'd prefer to solve this with input from others who have had the same issue before contacting the Tucson consular offices. Thanks.

Mexico: Cars and Cozumel:

I read in passing that "the car is not king in Cozumel". That's important to me because I live in a town that's the number one killer of pedestrians in the US -- Tucson. Over the last 8 years, the killers with driver's licenses have gotten more brazen, more willing to take risks. I stopped using the PEDX because cars don't stop, am cut off constantly by drivers that won't yield -- ever. Worse than DF ever was. I can recall crossing the Paseo de la Reforma at Amberes without ever worrying about getting hit. So, to make a long story short, wondering if I will have this concern in CZM or do drivers there have the "me first" attitude?

Mexico: Xoom:

Whoever is using Xoom to pick up cash (instead of ATM) and/or pay bills and has either had good or bad luck with this PayPal company, please feel free to respond. I have used business PayPal for 14 years for my own company and never had one problem. I suppose that's an outlier.

 

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