Mexico has always been a popular place for holidays due to its wonderful beaches, mild climate and friendly people. All those reasons, along with the lower cost of living, is why many people decide to move to Mexico. Overall, the country offers a good quality of life for all newcomers. If you are considering moving, you might find this expat guide for working and living in Mexico quite useful. So, let’s start.
Learning the language
Mexico is mainly a Spanish-speaking country. In fact, it is the largest one in the world. A great majority of professionals who have come to live and work in Mexico speak English. They are not alone. Many Mexicans with a higher level of education usually speak English.
If you are thinking of relocating, learning Spanish should be on the top of your checklist for moving to Mexico. It is not that English is not enough, but knowing the local language will always give you more opportunities. It is so much easier to make friends and communicate with people in supermarkets, malls, grocery stores, etc. if you speak Spanish. There are many apps that can help you learn some basics, which is enough to start with.
Finding a job can be a challenge
The Mexican job market is significantly different from the American. Not many expats come to Mexico seeking for an opportunity to pursue their career. In fact, many Americans decide to move to Mexico after they retire. They like that the costs of living are lower, their homeland is nearby and the climate is very pleasant.
Some expats come to Mexico for their career, but only after their companies open locations here. There is also a certain number of people who come to live and work in Mexico but only after they have already found a job. Some job prospects include:
- engineering jobs,
- communication field posts,
- technical sectors,
- IT professionals – some highly skilled foreigners are always welcome
- hospitality industry – working and living in Mexico is so much easier if you can speak Spanish. However, one of the advantages of knowing English is that you can easily find a job in clubs, bars or restaurants in places that are popular tourist destinations.
There are some investment opportunities in Mexico
The expats who are interested in investing in Mexico can test the waters in several industries such as tobacco, food and beverage, textile, chemicals, mining, etc.
Bear in mind that the taxation system in Mexico is complicated. And that goes for businesses as well as for individuals. Also, the regulations are rather different from those in America. If you need any legal help or consulting assistance, the best thing you can do is search for professionals.
Some recruitment agencies might help you if you have made your decision about working and living in Mexico. Their fees tend to be pretty high, though.
Some facts you should know if you plan on working and living in Mexico
Buying and renting
The property prices in Mexico are much lower than in Europe or the USA. However, that is not the case with Mexico City where the cost of living is much more expensive than other parts of the country.
The renting system is rather unregulated. It often happens that expats are paying higher rents than the locals would for the same property. Landlords have the freedom to set the rent price and change it at their will, which can be very unpleasant if you are the one paying the rent.
All the contracts that you might be signing while working and living in Mexico will have two versions. One will be in English and one in Spanish. Even though they should be identical, in case of a dispute the Spanish version is the only one that is valid. That is why you should have a lawyer check the Spanish version of every important document before signing it.
Expats should be careful when choosing a neighborhood where they will be working and living in Mexico. There are some neighborhoods where expats just won’t feel safe. When you are relocating anywhere in the world, your safety should be your priority.
Mexico is a paradise for food lovers
Mexicans take pride in their rich food scene. Their food is popular worldwide. However, if Taco Bell and Mucho Burrito are the only places where you have tasted Mexican food, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Traditional food in Mexico varies from region to region due to different climates and traditions. Naturally, the coastal areas focus more on seafood, unlike the highlands.
Many Mexicans skip their breakfast or grab a bite on their way to work. A pastry and a cup of coffee is their favorite combination, even though fruits and fresh juices are also popular. Many people choose tacos for their breakfast.
Lunch usually starts at 1:30 PM in Mexico. This is the biggest meal of the day and it usually consists of soup or salad, a main course, and a dessert. Lunch is served with fresh tortillas and various salsas.
Dinner is usually the lightest meal and it starts from 7 PM.
The most popular food in Mexico includes:
- quesadillas – for cheese lovers,
- tortas – Mexican sandwiches,
- pozole – soup,
- mole – the most popular savory sauce,
- enchiladas – in red or green sauce;
Of course, there are many more specialties that you should try while working and living in Mexico. We will leave it up to you.
Make working and living in Mexico fun
There are endless possibilities for fun in Mexico. The country is abundant in tourist destinations. After you finish your relocation to Mexico, you should take some time to relax and visit some of the popular places. A vacation to Rocky Point can be a great idea.
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