An Expat Talks about Retiring in
City Park in Niteroi, Brazil
An American who decided to retire abroad chose Niteroi, Brazil as his destination. He has found learning Portuguese and studying for second citizenship a challenge, but appreciates that he found a great immigration lawyer. He feels that you can retire comfortably on 2,000 a month.
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Why did you choose to retire abroad?
To come out from this unrighteous/unqualified king. Aka the right of self expatriation. Today as the right of self determination.
Are you retired abroad all year or part of the year?
completing visa retirement program
Why did you choose the country you retired to?
Good food and sun.
Did you ever live abroad before you retired abroad?
Tested for weeks to months.
How long have you lived abroad since you retired abroad?
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How many countries (other than your home country) have you lived in as a retiree?
What have been the most challenging aspects of being retired abroad?
Learning Portuguese language and studying for second citizenship.
What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad?
I found the best immigration lawyer.
What would you do differently if you were just starting the retire abroad process?
Saved more money.
What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings? (Is there an active expat community? Cultural Attractions? Recreation? Nightlife?)
Walking distance to supermarket. No night life for me.
What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country? How difficult was this process? (Please describe)
Clean police report. Confirm from a ligitimate retirement company that you make $2000.00 or more. Can apply for a permanent visa anywhere in the world.
Did you buy a home or apartment, or rent one? Is this a difficult process? (Please describe)
Rent and yes it is.
Financially, has living abroad in your host country met your expectations? Exceeded them?
Not met my expections.
What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country?
Tell your retirement board you are moving outside continental America and inform your credit card company and bank you will be using your debit card there.
How much can a retiree live on comfortably in your host country?
Do you have access to quality medical care? (Please describe - is it close? Expensive?)
Have CPF card.
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Is there a lot of crime where you live? (Please describe)
Heard gun shots recently.
Describe available transportation where you live. Do you need a car? Is there access to safe public transportation?
Is there high-speed internet access where you live?
Great internet speed.
Do you have any other thoughts you would like to share about retiring abroad?
There are silver or gold dealers.
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