May 30, 2009, 6:33 PM
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Paparex, what are you talking about? Of course there are career civil servants, and plenty of people retire on civil service pensions (and are buried on them... even wondered why there is a Civil Servant's funeral parlor on calle Miguel Schultz in Mexico City?). As to foreigners working in these offices, most that I've met are doing "consulting projects" of some kind, which often depend on the political appointee in charge (who do tend to change with changes in the administration)... some even as "illegal aliens".
Re: [Papirex] Moving to Mexico and looking for help
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Income requirements (and spousal income requirements) relate to retiree visas, not working visas.
One thing Michael might look into (given his background and skills set) is telecommuting work... even if it's lower paying than in the U.S. or "freelance" work paid thru pay pal or by direct deposit to a U.S. bank. TECHNICALLY, he would be working in the U.S. (teaching a distance learning course or translations might be a good fit). Another possibility (I knnow an ILLEGAL ALIEN who did this, but was a citizen of the country in question) is temp work at one of the embassies or consulates.
Also, given that you have a Mexican spouse, you've discovered you've married a passle of cousins, in-laws, out-laws sisters, brothers, compadres of brothers... use "familia.net" in your job search (understanding it's only a short-term thing til you find something with more permanency). If you do advertise your services, don't make the mistake of only looking at English-dependent sources like "craigslist", but run your ads on Mexican sites and in Mexican papers, where you'll have a better chance of finding people who can actually use your services.
By the way, Paparex, I have a friend who was -- AS AN ILLEGAL ALIEN -- teaching English for a GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT in one of the states. I worked as an illegal alien in Mexico City for quite some time, and other than not being able to open a bank account, it isn't a problem for people with a moderate, Mexican middle-class lifestyle.
While it's best to have all the legal work in place, Mexico is not the United States (with its byzantine immigration system) where not going through all the hoops will create humongous problems. Michael sounds like he's going to get regularized... it'll just take a while, and as long as he's not creating problems, or pissing people off or ostentatously stealing bread off another family's table, no body's gonna get too bent out of shape.