Moving to Mexico! | Wandering Soup
Below is a quick nutshell view for those that don't want to watch the Vlog:
Land- Yes! But this is a fairly recent allowance since 1973 that once again changed in 1993. Essentially before Foreigners were allowed to buy property in Mexico, as long as it was located outside of the so-called ‘Restricted Zones’, which include any land within 100 kilometres of foreign borders or within 50 kilometres of the sea, as an attempt to prevent foreign invasion. In 1993 the law changed to allow the purchase of land in restricted areas but only indirectly through a 'Fideicomiso' or trust agreement between the buyer and a Mexican Trust Bank.
Business Ownership - Yes and it's one of the easiest countries in Latin America to start a business. You don't have to be a Citizen so if you move there and have an idea, go for it.
Citizenship - To apply for citizenship in Mexico, you must already be a permanent resident; or have family ties.
1. Requires a minimum of five consecutive years of residency prior to the application date, which may include temporary or permanent status depending on your situation.
2. Two years legal residency if you are married to a Mexican or you have a child born in Mexico.
The process includes a criminal background check, a trip to Mexico city and proof that you have a basic conversational level of Spanish, you know the history of the country and have integrated into the national culture. There will be a test about culture and history, although if you are over 60 years old, you may only be required to have an interview. Essentially don't go and live in an expat bubble for 5 years.
Medical - Mexico has a little bit of everything when it comes to Medical from private to public and even employer-funded healthcare. It will be cheaper than the U.S. no matter what and I always recommend Health Insurance through a recognized national carrier which may be pricey. You may also pay out of pocket.
Education - It's free and mandatory for those ages 6 to 16. There are also a lot of options such as free, private and international schools. It's legal to home school as well. Do your research to decide which would be best for your child/children and remember that local/state schools will more than likely speak Spanish and not be bilingual.
Cost of Living - This is not the country to go to and attempt to get a local job, they won't hire you and the pay is considerably less than what a Western expat is use to. That being said Mexico is certainly less expensive than living in the U.S. Hit the link to do a comparison from your city to a comparable city in Mexico.
LGBTQI Friendly- Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1871, a full 132 years before the U.S. Same-sex marriage is allowed in Mexico City and 12 states (and recognized nationwide). Transgender persons can change their legal gender and name in Mexico City and two states. As a non-native being gay is easier than being native. Keep that in mind when it comes to dating.