For those wishing to relocate from Canada to Mexico, the experience can be at once exhilarating and daunting. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a number of useful tips for relocating to Mexico to help get you started.
Where you decide to live will depend on your personal preferences. There are a number of beautiful beachfront areas, as well as quaint towns and metropolitan centers. There really is something for everyone! Also consider whether you’d like to live with other expat Canadians or expats from other countries, or if you’d prefer total immersion. One great option if you’d like to be near other expats in a beautiful colonial town, is San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.
For a more metropolitan feel, Mexico City offers the best of any international city in a gorgeous setting surrounded by volcanic mountains. For a full immersion experience, you might consider a smaller town, like Valle de Bravo in the State of Mexico. Whether you choose to live near other expats or to venture off the beaten path, it’s best to check with the Canadian embassy in Mexico in order to stay informed of important developments:
There are a number of job opportunities in Mexico for Canadian citizens. One of the most obvious choices is as an English or French language teacher. Of course, there are often more job opportunities in larger cities than in smaller towns. However, the Internet makes working from home in a foreign country considerably easier. For those wishing to work for a company, it may be best to try to contact them before making the move south. Many companies can also help get the necessary visa from immigration. If you plan to work from home or start your own business, be sure to check with immigration in Mexico regarding the necessary work permits.
In addition to where you live, the lifestyle you hope to pursue will also influence your decisions in Mexico. For example, do you plan to retire to Mexico and support yourself using retirement savings, or are you hoping to work for a Mexican company or start your own business? If work is on the horizon, your options might be limited by where you can do that work. For those able to support themselves on savings or using income from Canada, there may be more options,
depending on economic considerations. Either way, there are a number of welcoming places and friendly people in Mexico that you’re sure to love!
Finally, when considering a move to Mexico, be sure to brush up on your Spanish. A simple por favor or gracias can go a long way toward making the transition a smooth one! Also be sure to consider tax questions, both in Mexico and Canada to avoid any unpleasant surprises.