Jul 17, 2011, 5:50 PM
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I am a likely early retiree to Mexico (long time visitor), who would be spending 1/2 to 2/3 of the year there, summers in the States. Also I would be likely visiting the states or, other countries during my 6-9 months stay. (Plans are fluid).
Ultimately two friends and myself would like to start a small b&b retreat type establishment, but that would be some time down the road.
If it is going to be excessively difficult I (we) may choose another latin country that is easier, but Mexico is preferred.
I know a US citizen can stay up to 6 months with no visa, does that mean 6 months in a given time period (like Australia which only allows 6 moths in a 5 year time period etc), or could one come and go so long as any given visit was under 6 months?
I'm also aware there are recent immigration law changes, the Mexican consular site has not updated with new rules though.
Should a person with my type of plans start out initially applying for a different sort of visa while still here (retiree for example), or not?
I also know from my reading here and elsewhere that rules are applied differently depending where you are and who you deal with, and inconsistency rules the day. Any practical guidance is appreciated.