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Moving to Mexico from the USA

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Red dresses of salsa dancers in the street of Mexico during a national holiday festival

The idea of moving to a warmer climate, a land full of culture, and delicious food is an extremely appealing one for anyone with a sense of short-term adventure and long-term comfort. That is why millions of Americans opt to uproot from the US to the sun-kissed land of Mexico. Moving to Mexico can be an easy task. Even more so if you are prepared. And, we will give tips on how to get your move on. As well as a trick to make your moving process that much easier. Plus, it will also save you money.

Getting Mexican Visa

Two Mexican women in colorful dresses walking and dancing down the street of Mexico

When traveling over the border there are two essential items that you will need. The first is a valid passport, so check yours now to see if it needs to be renewed. And, the second is a visa. However, if you plan on just visiting the country then you can use a visitor visa for Mexico. This means that, as an American citizen, you can visit Mexico for 180 days. However, this depends on the decision of the official granting your entry.

Therefore, you will have a chance to check out Mexico for half a year at most. You can do a lot in this time such as find a house, get to grips with the area. Even find your new local favorite spot and more. But, if you want to live in Mexico it is strongly suggested that you apply for a long-term visa in Mexico.  A visitor visa in Mexico is not renewable and it cannot be extended. You would have to leave the country every six months since it will expire by then.  

If you try border runs, aka going to another country to reactivate your visitor visa, then there is a high chance that you will get caught. Furthermore, this will not guarantee you the full six months. It is dependent on the official looking at your passport and visa. They can deny you entry.

Speak to a professional to get the right documents and begin the legitimate process of obtaining a Mexican visa. This will be beneficial to you in the long term instead of border runs, and relying on the visitor's visa.  

There are different types of visas to apply for with the sought-after being: 

  • Temporary resident visas
  • Permanent resident visas
  • Business visa
  • Family visa

Why Apply for a Temporary Resident Visa in Mexico?

A woman sitting in an entrance way of a building in Mexico selling flowers

One of the types of visas you should aim for is the Mexican Temporary Resident visa. As the name suggests this is a visa for a temporary stay. However, the stay is up to four years. You would have to prove that you have sufficient funds to sustain your lifestyle while living in Mexico. It has been stated that you would have to either have around $41 159 during the past 12 months or a job that will pay you monthly about $2 107 post taxes from the previous six months.

The visa can be four years long. However, you must note that it needs to be renewed in increments of one, two, and even three years. Furthermore, border crossings are unlimited, meaning you can travel around as much as you want.

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Know About Permanent Residency Visa

An active marketplace in Mexico where a woman is making a burrito for a customer

After your temporary living stay, you can opt to apply for a Mexican Permanent Residency Visa. This would mean that you would have to live in Mexico for four consecutive years. But, you can also just apply straight away for a Permanent Residency visa if you meet one of the following requirements:

Close family connections in the county, such as being married to someone who already has either temporary or permanent status, or if you are a parent of someone who already has temporary resident status. You can also apply straight away if you are a child (under 18 years old) whose parent has temporary resident status. Or you are married to someone who has Mexican National status, but you would also have to live in the country for two years to convert the temporary Mexican visa to the permanent one.

Furthermore, there is also a point system where you meet the minimum amount to apply for a permanent residency visa in Mexico. Or you can be granted residency on humanitarian grounds or through political asylum.

Applying for a Business Visa

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Moving to Mexico due to work obligations is certainly worth your time. Not just so you have something to do, money to earn, and people to meet, but also that you can apply for a business visa. The Mexican Work Visa will depend on where you are coming from. For example, if you need to be in Mexico for less than 180 days then a visa is not needed. This applies not only to Americans, but also citizens from the Schengen countries, the UK, Canada, Japan, and the Pacific Alliance countries as well.

Mexican Family Visa

If you have family such as being married to someone or having parents in Mexico, you can opt to apply for a Family visa. You would have to request an application from the Family Unit applications. If you do have family in the country, you can be eligible to apply. Depending on the family relationship you may have to prove that you have the financial means to support yourself. On the plus side, the financial demands are less strict when compared to applying for a permanent residency visa. Also, you can apply for a family visa within Mexico.

Paying Taxes in Mexico

A donkey standing on a bench on Mexican coast

When it comes to paying taxes, you would have to pay the United State Government even while you are living in Mexico if you are an American citizen. You can be exempt from this if you meet the requirements under the foreign-earned income exclusion. This would be great to have. Let’s say that you are a US citizen for 11 months or over a year, and the first $112 000 of your income will be tax-free. It is strongly suggested that you speak to a professional for the exact details as well as do your research so that you are completely in the know. Make sure you know what you need to know when it comes to taxes while living in Mexico since the requirements can change.  

Mexican Education

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Before you move to Mexico and after the paperwork is done aka you and your family have visas, you would want to find a great school for your children to attend. In Mexico, you can choose to homeschool them or send them to either a public or private school. The education system in public schools in Mexico is seen to be ranked lower according to the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). Plus, the schools are often underfunded, and the common language is Spanish which can be a task for children who do not pick up languages quickly.

Private schools on the other hand are a lot pricier but it is said that they offer more quality education with the goal of preparing their students for college. This also applies to international schools which have lessons in English.

What You Should Know About Insurance in Mexico

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Insurance varies from country to country, as you know. Therefore, it is important that you speak to a professional about the differences between the US and Mexico in terms of taxes and insurance. They can point out aspects of taxes that you may have missed or give you all the information you need to know.

Health insurance must be a priority when you live in Mexico. It must be so regardless of where you live. And, it is important that you find one that covers all that you need from chronic health issues to emergencies. You can speak to an advisor to find the right insurance for your needs within your budget.

As for car insurance, your US policy may not be valid when you cross the border. Therefore, you would want to get car insurance for Mexico for legal reasons. This is because if you get in an accident and you still have your US insurance then the Mexican authorities will not honor this insurance and you could be arrested as well as have your car impounded. It is best to research car insurance in Mexico.

The Trick: Moving to Mexico with Shyft

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Now that you know what you need and have more of an idea of what living in Mexico could be like, it is now time to make your way to the land of salsa. While you can make the trip all by yourself from the US to Mexico, it would be much more worth your time using Shyft. That is our trick to helping you with your moving process while saving you money. 

Shyft is the world's first tech-driven moving platform, and our purpose is to organize your entire move for you. This will save you not only your money, but your time, and your nerves as well. Furthermore, we are at your aid every step of the way from when you have a concern to finding the right international moving company to help you with your moving process. We are on call 7 days a week for you. 

To get started all you have to do is fill out the short form on the Shyft Moving website. It is that easy. From there one of our Move Coaches will give you a call at the time that you suggest, not before or after. This means that you can plan your schedule accordingly and that Shyft will respect your time. The first call is a video chat done through Shyft Next

It is a mobile app where you can see and speak to your Move Coach. It is also the app that we use to create your inventory list virtually, without stepping foot into your current home. When the inventory list is completed it will be sent to you within half an hour from the end of this first call. What is more, is that this initial list is 95% accurate. You have the chance to make it 100% accurate and to your liking completely. 

Two men riding on the same bicycle down the street

When you are happy with the new 100% inventory list, you send it to your Move Coach so that they can move on to the next phase of your moving process. They will take the 100% inventory list, as well as your moving details to Shyft’s secure move board. The information presented at the move board does not include your personal details. 

The move board is where experienced, and legitimate moving companies gather to bid on moving projects such as yours. It is here that we collect three or more moving quotes and which moving quote is from a different company. This quote along with information about the individual companies is sent to you. The point of this part of the process is that you decide which mover to work with while making an informed choice. 

And, the moving quotes are fixed. This means that what you see is what you will pay regardless of your inventory list changes. Therefore, you have the chance to add more items to your list without affecting the price of the move. Plus, the moving companies are international, so they can also assist you in terms of passing customs, some paperwork, etc. However, make sure all your paperwork is sorted out before you start your moving process. Shyft is also here to help you with all the parts of your moving organizational process. 

Contact us today to get started and make your way to Mexico where the max(ium) people want to go. Happy transits.