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Five Important Factors to Consider When Purchasing Insurance in Mexico

Yes, your agent was very nice, or maybe it was the policy´s low cost that attracted you. But, do you really know how your policy works and what you are covered for? There are five things you should know about your policy protecting the most valuable asset of your life: your health. Deductibles and Copays In Mexico, most insurance providers have deductibles per event, not per year. Many people are unaware of this, and you can end up paying several deductibles if you use your policy more than once during the year. Does your policy have copays? A...

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Becoming a Naturalized Mexican Through Marriage

As a foreigner married to a Mexican citizen, you can apply and receive your temporary residency right away by providing proof of the marriage and proof that your Mexican spouse can financially support you here in Mexico. The married foreigner will receive one year of temporary residency; the residency will be renewed for a second year. Upon renewal, in the third year, you may apply for either permanent residency which never expires, or you may wish to apply for Mexican citizenship. This method of naturalization or citizenship is an option for foreigners who have lived continuously in Mexico for two years previous...

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The Ejido, a Mexican Concept Misunderstood by Foreigners

Plots of land located near the beach, specifically in Playa del Carmen, Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Oaxaca, and the Riviera Nayarit are most likely part of an Ejido. Foreigners frequently ask, “What is the significance of an Ejido property and why am I prohibited from buying land there?” An Ejido or ‘propiedad comunal’ is an area of communal land mainly used for agriculture, on which community members farm designated plots and collectively maintain communal holdings. While this was the original intention and was once an accurate description of Ejido activity, today many Ejido properties are abandoned, with no farming activity taking place. Why...

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Traffic Regulations, Fines, and Bribes in Quintana Roo

Before deciding to drive a vehicle abroad, One must be aware that as in other countries, Mexico has its own traffic laws which govern all drivers and their vehicles. These regulations must be respected as it aims to maintain and protect the public. When the driver has violated the law, the police officer is obliged to stop the vehicle, advise the driver which traffic regulation has been violated, request the license and vehicle documents to verify that everything is in order and determine if the violation deserves a penalty. If the violation is not serious, the safety of pedestrians, passengers, and...

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THE IRS GETS ITS SHARE, EVEN ON THIS SIDE OF THE WALL

REPORTING OBLIGATIONS OF U.S. CITIZENS IN MEXICO* A recent incident that occurred to a local U.S. ex-pat living in Mexico emphasizes the IRS’ efforts to collect taxes and enforce taxation reporting legislation, even on the fun side of the wall. While on a return trip to the U.S., Tom Smith (the individual’s identity is being withheld) and his family were intercepted at customs and repeatedly asked whether he was the “Tom Smith” that was identified by the passport. After confirming his identity, his family was authorized to enter the U.S., and he was detained. Hours later, a representative of the IRS introduced...

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