7/31/2009 22:48 EST
As RVgringo says, you've got to get this figured out before you come. This is an excellent growth opportunity for your whole family, but growth doesn't always come easy. This year is not a good year to be looking for work in Mexico and it's not going to pay well.
You must get permission to work in Mexico. As a spouse of a Mexican, I was able to get that permission relatively easily and I had to pay to renew my FM3 annually and do all the paperwork, but he didn't have to show any financial information or anything like that. (BUT, each immigration office has their own requirements in how they make sure they follow the law, so find out what the story is in Los Cabos.) A bilingual school would mean a private school, so you will have to budget for that.
Use any money you have in the U.S. to set yourselves up. Buy a house if you can, even if it's tiny, so you won't have to pay rent and can sell it later. Plan to start a business... something.
Learn some Spanish before you go, if you don't speak it.
Also, double check that your husband will even be able to get a visa. Have someone show you what the law says and how it applies to him. You wouldn't want him to leave the U.S. only to have his application for a visa denied later.
This won't be easy, but it's worth it. A visa is worth it. Time in Mexico for you and your children is worth it. You grow and learn so much!
Do your planning, then ENJOY! Moving to Mexico can really be time out of the "rat race" to get in touch with your family.
Julia C. Taylor
Author of Mexico: The Trick is Living Here (you might like to read my book. It has nitty-gritty details of how my husband and I set ourselves up in Mexico on a budget) and creator of www.home-sweet-mexico.com
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