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Why I should apply to be a resident before moving?

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Rosguate
1/5/2006 01:55 EST

I bought a house in Guatemala planning to retire there in a couple of years, I need information about residency , do I start applying now or wait ? what are the benefit of being a resident? Do I need to pay taxes for shipping my personal belongings including my car? or is it cheaper to buy there than to shipped? For the meantime, I am thinking renting out the new house which is in a very desirable area of Pinares, San Cristobal de Mixco, probably by car 15 minutes to the city and less than 30 minutes to Antigua. Any information to share will be highly appreciated.

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Artschoice
1/12/2006 12:15 EST

I decided not to apply for residency yet. There are two residency statuses I checked into. One for a retired person and one not retired with work privileges. Well I don't need or want to work right now and as a tourist I can receive money for rentals and such but I can't work. To get retirement status it's an involved process that can take a year. One of the requirements was that I be retired in the USA and receiving Social Security. Since I'm not, I continue to be a tourist, and it's working fine. One price I got was around $3000.00. There are some required documents for residency, including an official Marriage Certificate authenticated by a US based Guatemalan Consulate, a Medical Statement and an Official Police record.

I know a few lawyers that do these. I would suggest living here a few months and looking into it in person, it's a delicate situation you would want to verify "face to face". Laws change and that's what the lawyers are for.

I hope this helps, for more info see my blog at : http://spaces.msn.com/members/livinginguatemala

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Rosguate
1/13/2006 19:08 EST

I heard tourist visa will expire in 3 months, so what do you do? can you extend so do not need to leave? for this is kind of a hassle?

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Artchoice
1/14/2006 19:43 EST

Correct. Every 3 months we go to INGUAT in the city and then 3 months later we go out of the country. It's 3 and Inguate and then the 3 more you got out of the country. We usually go to Honduras, another option is San Salvador. There are cheap travel packages or we use our own car. We have a nice trip, but I am currently looking into residency and will have more information in a few months. I'm USA so visa rule may vary.

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Rosguate
1/15/2006 10:45 EST

I am still enjoying my U.S. citizenship benefit, but looking to retire in Guatemala as a long term plan. I love the weather in particular, the people? has to wait till I can understand conversational Spanish. Please keep me posted of new development in your Residency Ap.Thanks.

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