You want to move to Latin America.
Perhaps you are looking to stretch your dollar abroad in retirement.
Maybe you want to travel abroad as a youngster.
Regardless of your situation, you don’t know how to begin.
Therefore, you begin reading blogs about life in Latin America.
Picking up on tips.
And getting an idea of which areas in the region seem most interesting to you.
Maybe one of those areas is some city in Mexico?
San Miguel de Allende?
Wherever it might be!
And, over the years, you find it easy to live in whichever city you pick without ever getting residency.
Riding on that tourism visa in a country, like Mexico, that allows visa runs like I wrote about here.
After whatever length of time, be it 3 months for a country like Costa Rica or 6 months for a country like Mexico, you have to leave the country.
Perhaps return home for a brief period.
Or go to another Latin American country.
Then you return to the country that you have been living in on that tourist visa for years or even decades now.
However, you now have a problem.
At the airport upon returning, the migration agent looks at his computer with the updated technology that shows who has been doing visa runs and who hasn’t.
The computer clearly shows you as someone who has been living in your respective Latin American country on a tourist visa without ever getting the proper approval to do so (residency).
Consequently, you are let into the country again on a very limited amount of time or out right rejected and sent away.
Frustrated, you ask the migration agent about your options.
And he tells you to “get residency already!”
Thus begins the research (or relocation to another Latin country – whichever you prefer).
The Residency Realization
When you began living in this country, the requirements to get official residency were so low.
They have gone up quite a bit and are out of reach as you can see here.
In Mexico for example, the financial requirements to get residency are tied to the minimum wage and the minimum wage has been increasing noticeably over the last 4 years.
How will it look 10 years from now?
And that’s just Mexico!
And Mexico is clearly one of the preferred countries for North Americans to seek residency given its relative location to the US and Canada.
But, over the years of living in Latin America, I have heard the same situation realized in other Latin American countries.
Here's an interesting example with a new visa option possibly coming up with Colombia.
As you can see, the requirements for this specific visa are also tied to the minimum wage that is likely to always increase over the years.
And, in listening to other expats, this isn't just a Mexico or Colombia problem.
It does seem that plenty of countries down here, over the years, do become slowly more restrictive on who they let get residency through the normal path.
You might have qualified for the requirements back when you first began living down here!
But not anymore.
So what do you do?
Well, for some gringos, they choose to live here illegally basically and never get caught and never go home.
For others,it might not be a problem if they are just snow birds who only want to travel to Latin America during the winter.
And for other gringos, they might get residency through “unique” ways like marrying a local and/or knocking up a local chick.
Truth be told, I have genuinely thought of knocking up a local chick.
A few days ago, I was in the metro of Mexico City and thought to myself – “what if I do knock up a chick before I head home? Is it such a bad idea?”
Obviously, having a kid is a big responsibility.
But I’m 27 and have been ever increasingly wanting to have kids also each year.
Much more than just wanting residency someday, I think it's also just some biological desire in me that is kicking in stronger to have children.
So it’s like knocking out two birds with one stone – get a kid to get that residency and also satisfy that biological urge to reproduce.
When I told my sister that a day or two ago, she said something along the sentiment of “you’re joking, right? You think breeding Latina gals is funny?"
"Yes, I do! And I'm tired pretending it's not!"
Joker -- I'm Tired Pretending that it's Not
Who wouldn’t mind a mini Matt?
Granted, my experience with a pregnancy scare not too many months ago might be influencing me since I realized how badass it would be to reproduce.
And it would technically give me residency!
Plus, given my young age of 27, it is a little bit different than a 60 year old doing the same.
Still, I prefer having a kid with someone I love so I’m still not yet confident on pulling the trigger and knocking up some random chick from Tinder in the next month or two.
Not yet anyway.
Putting aside anyhow my odd biological urges to breed bitches, it still goes back to that point – requirements for living down here keep going up and up.
And, as I said, such a realization came to my mind only a few days ago as I was thinking about my future long term in Latin America.
Having a kid would keep me down here legally forever.
Though I could also just pursue residency in another country where the requirements are easier in the long term.
Like Panama, Paraguay, Chile, etc.
Still, while it makes sense for someone like me to see the “reproduce” or marriage option as a way around the higher residency requirements versus the situation that a 60 year old retiree brings, it all still brings up the point again and again.
That requirements to get residency down here keep increasing.
What Do You?
And that brings up the difficult question.
What about you?
Honestly, the main thing stopping me from knocking up a random Tinder chick is because I want to travel again for 3 to 4 years throughout Latin America and because I strongly prefer doing so with someone I love and not just a random chick.
I believe in love!
As of right now anyhow….
Either way, it's a personal decision as to get residency or not obviously.
And I get why you would wait.
If you don’t know Latin America, I get why you would want to travel and explore your options first before getting residency anywhere.
Just to see which area fits you best.
But I’ll end it at that – just don’t wait too long or you might find yourself with the rug pulled underneath your feet.
Anyway, that’s all I got to say.
Just a small but important tip for those thinking of relocating to Latin America.
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And enjoy this song I am listening to now to motivate you on getting your residency already.
What else could motivate you outside of some yeyo?
Scarface -- Rush, Rush Give Me the Yeyo
Thanks for reading.