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Moving & Retirement / Re: Moving to Lake Chapala
« Last post by Access Admin on March 24, 2014, 11:24:59 AM »
Hi Sharon,

I know the whole process can be confusing because there are many different versions. Since the laws changed recently you now have to do the following, all dependent on how long you want to stay in Mexico:

1)   If you want to just visit for 6 months, all you need to do is come in on your passport, this will give you a 6 months temporary visa
2)   If you want to live here long than 6 months you will need to apply for a “Visa Temporal” at a Mexican embassy outside of Mexico.
3)   If you want to live here permanently you can apply for a “Visa Permanente”, this can be done here in Mexico IF you already have the Visa Temporal or at a Mexican embassy

Let me answer some common questions:

1)   Do we need to pass a Spanish test? NO, this is only if you wish to become a Mexican citizen after living here for more than 5 years
2)   Do I need to prove income? Yes, you will  need to improve income both for yourself and husband in order to receive the visa Temporal or Permanente.

We have a great article about the process on our website here:

I hope this answers some of your questions.
Moving & Retirement / Moving to Lake Chapala
« Last post by mysharona1970 on March 23, 2014, 11:51:44 AM »
Hi, my family and I considering moving to Lake Chapala from the US.  We have been trying to find out the procedure but keep getting different answers. We currently only have US Passports, but I read I have to apply at a local Mexican Embassy for a resident visa.  My husband read that we also have to pass a test in Spanish.  I do not think that is the case.  Can any expats give me some correct information as to where we start???
Lake Chapala & Ajijic / Health Club
« Last post by John - Loretta on March 19, 2014, 06:45:30 PM »
Loretta and I are very fitness conscious.  We workout at a local gym here in Florida 4-5 days a week.

I have tried to find information on fitness centers in the Lake Chapala area, however, it seems that all of the information that I find is at least 2 years old and most of it seems to indicate that fitness centers in the area struggle and rarely last for more than a couple of years and even the ones that are discussed are generally considered to be very sub-standard.

While cardio exercise is important, we feel that strength conditioning is just as, if not more important, so a facility that would suite us would need to also have free weights and some strength training "machines".

Does anyone in the area have any current, relevant information on such facilities?
Moving & Retirement / road conditions from Laredo to Ajijic
« Last post by Brophy03 on January 22, 2014, 05:25:08 PM »
The Rand McNally map shows the distance between Laredo and Guadalajara as 592 miles.  On U.S. interstates this would be doable in 10 hours.  Is this distance doable in 10 hours for the condition of the Mexican roads?  If not, what do people recommend as an overnight city?
Legal & Immigration / licensing and registering a US plated car in Mexico
« Last post by Brophy03 on January 22, 2014, 05:11:57 PM »
I am still making payments on my car that I want to drive to Lake Chapala.  Has anyone been in this situation and been successful in taking the car into Mexico?  I would like to get advice.
Moving & Retirement / Driving tips and info?
« Last post by John - Loretta on January 10, 2014, 04:31:24 PM »
I noticed that Kevin has posted turn by turn driving directions from Laredo, TX to Lake Chapala.  While this was our original point of entry into Mexico, recent changes to our travel plans are taking us to southern California, so it seems that we will be entering Mexico from Nogales.  A Mapquest route from there appears to hug the coastline.

Does anyone have any info or suggestions regarding this coastal route?
Lake Chapala & Ajijic / Lake Condition
« Last post by John - Loretta on January 10, 2014, 04:18:24 PM »
I have read articles about the past problems with the lake, i.e. water levels and pollution.  Can anyone give me an accurate update on the current condition of the lake for boating, swimming and fishing?
Moving & Retirement / Military Vets
« Last post by SoldierChick on January 08, 2014, 06:17:38 PM »
Hi. I retire from the Army in 4 years and am looking for a low cost of living way of life. Word is that there is a large military veteran community in Lake Chapala. Is this true?NCAPDP This would be just another added benefit to retiring there. I plan to visit in April to check out the area.
Legal & Immigration / Re: Vehicle Licensing
« Last post by Access Admin on January 06, 2014, 08:06:01 AM »
When you cross into Mexico you will first need to obtain a tourist visa. The requirements for the tourist visa are 295 pesos and a passport. This will be good for a 6 month visit, if you wish to stay for a longer period you will need to first visit the Mexican consulate in Houston. They will give you the information on how to obtain a Temporal visa that once registered will be good for one year, which could then be renewed in Mexico for 3 more years at the renewal period. If you wish to live on a tourist visa then you and the car would need to leave Mexico every 6 months to obtain a new tourist visa and car permit. The car permit would be good for the duration of the Temporal visa if you had that visa.

To obtain the car permit is easy. Once you got the tourist visa (or already had the Temporal visa from the consulate) then you would proceed to Aduanas to get the car permit. The requirements for that are: Clear title, passport, driver’s license, Mexican visa (explained above), a deposit (200 to 400 dollars depending on the age of the vehicle) and the cost of the permit, about $40 USD.
Real Estate & Rentals / Re: Rental Market
« Last post by Access Admin on January 06, 2014, 08:00:58 AM »
Yes, starting May more rentals are available since snowbirds start returning the US and Canada after their winter rentals. However finding a one month rental is harder than a 6-12 month, since most landlords want long term leases. What I recommend is finding a good B&B where you can stay for 1 -2 weeks while looking for a rental. Usually it does not take that long to find the suitable one.
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