Aug 30, 2011, 11:16 AM
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The confusion probably comes from TMI (too much information). Most of what is published, or on the internet, about moving to Mexico is about RETIRING to Mexico, which would over-emphasize that "rentista" visa.
Re: [Rolly] Salary vs Amount required for INM
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I recognize that everyone's situation is different, and their expectations, needs, etc. differ, but living here and working here are very different things. I can't recommend Rolly's site (rollybrook.com) highly enough, but would add that even for people taking executive type jobs, they check out sites like ESL Cafe (for foreign teachers) and the like to get a feeling for the "challenges" and cultural differences.
For business executives, Ned Crouch's Mexicans and Americans: Cracking the Cultural Code (Intercultural Press, 2006) is useful, although it focuses solely on management and the workplace environment.
Joanna van der Gracht de Rosado's "Magic Made in Mexico" (Editorial Mazatlán, 2010) is required reading for those who will be involved in business here... or having to integrate themselves into Mexican culture on level beyond learning to read a menu and talk to the plumber. Ms. van de Gracht came to Mexico to work at the age of 20, married a fellow worker, and launched a successful business, raised a family and integrated herself into her community. While also her story, it includes the "basic training manual" for living within Mexico while maintaining your own identity as a (in her case, Canadian) whatever. Full disclosure: I work for the publisher.
I wrote a 80 page booklet several years ago for foreign teachers moving to Mexico City, which is out of date when it comes to talking about prices and whatnot, and is Mexico City specific, but has some value as a guide to the less-talked-about cultural adjustments (sex, drugs and rock-n-roll, among others) for foreign workers (not bosses). The paper cost is way over-priced, and for those who can't download it for one reason or another (I think Lulu.com require a U.S. credit card), I just send them the PDF file and ask them to give 20 pesos to some beggar or the Mexican Red Cross ladies when they're here. I hope to withdraw that book from the market soon. It's one of our lower priorities, but Editorial Mazatlan has been looking at a book specifically for the younger, working foreigners in Mexican.
And, naturally, one should frequently check Mexconnect.com.