It is not much better to shake up your life sometimes? Who wants to get stuck in a rut doing the same thing over and over, year after year? Not us 😎 Life is short and we want to make our final years the best that we possibly can.
Our very recent road trip took us to the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver.
We have been Rving to Mexico in our RV since 2002. After having traveled around most of Mexico ( no further south than Veracruz ) including to parts of the interior, as well as both coasts, we stopped at Tres Amigos RV Park in 2009, on Isla de la Piedra for a few days and stayed for 14 years. We will still be returning to the Isla but to a different location. That is a post for another day.
Never in all of our years in Mexico did we even consider becoming a resident. Many friends did but it just didn’t appeal to us. We were happy just going down to visit for 4 -5 months each winter. However with all the changes in our world it seems to be the right time to make a change. Just to mention a few reasons, the economy, the huge climate changes, prices of food and lack of food choices not to mention politics and peoples behaviour in general made us realize that we could move. We only decided in May to make this huge change in our lives
To become a resident to Mexico you must apply for a Temporal Visa for four years and then are able to get a Permanente Visa. If you wish, after another year you can apply for citizenship. But the first step is to start the Visa process at the consulate. Much paperwork and requirements but we aced it. We have our Mexican Visa and have 30 days once we cross into Mexico to complete the process ( more forms and paperwork ) and then we get our Temporal Visa Card. Of course the transfer of money is also involved.
Colin and I are no longer restricted to a six month stay. We can now stay as long as we want in Mexico, for up to four years. We can come and go as we wish. Freedom to make a choice to live in a better place than Canada or the USA. Our departure date is October 16th.
We honestly have no focused plan other than getting set up in our new location starting October 31st. We then will look at the Isla with a different perspective. Would we want to live there or move elsewhere within Mexico? We have four years to figure it all out. To stay on the Isla, to rent or to buy somewhere else, to open a Mexican bank account and so on. Then we have to sort out closing down Colin Jewall Photos Studios Inc. And what will become of our very special home here on the lake? I never thought that we would sell it, but for the right price we just might do that.
The only negative thing we can see at the moment, is that after our four year temporal we are not allowed to keep using our vehicles in Mexico. There is an approximate 40% import tax. Much more economical to buy a vehicle in Mexico, prices are much cheaper than north of the border. The motorhome is a different situation. RV’s are imported once every ten years and our expires in 2026. So that gives us until 2036 of being able to come and go in the RV. I am 98% certain of that, but things are always changing.
We are just happy that our appointments at the consulate went well and we came home with our visas. The rest will fall into place poco a poco ( bit by bit ). The most difficult part is done. Well not quite true, as we have to create a new RV site for the next few years. We are already ahead of the game by only paying 50% of what we have paid monthly at Tres Amigos.
Stay tuned for the next post in our exciting lives regarding the new RV location. I might sneak in a few smaller posts before that post – it will be difficult to write 😥