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Living in North America guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in North America with the expat guide

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Generalities

General information
  • Every year, Mexico attracts large numbers of students, workers, and investors seeking new adventures abroad. Find out more about Mexico.

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  • The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is intended for expatriates having special skills and who are looking forward to live and work in Canada.

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  • Stretching over 1,667,441 km2, Quebec is the largest of Canada's ten provinces. Over the years, it has been attracting thousands of expatriates. Learn more

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  • Located in North America, Canada is one of the world's richest countries, stretching over 9,984,670 square kilometers. Discover life in Canada.

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Formalities

Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Planning a short trip to Mexico? Find out about the requirements and procedures for visiting Mexico as a tourist in this article.

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  • If you’re travelling to the United States, there are certain documents that are required for you to be able to enter the country.

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  • If you intend to get married in the United States, find out about the procedures, formalities, and types of marriage in this article.

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  • To live in Quebec as a permanent resident, you must obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate. You can apply for the CSQ at the immigration department.

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  • Looking forward to travel to Quebec ? You are probably wondering about relating formalities. Have a look at this article for more information.

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Visas

Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • Do I need a visa to visit Mexico? Can I work in Mexico? What are the requirements and conditions? Find the answers to your queries in this article.

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  • There are many different types of visas available for those wishing to move to the US. This article provides information on the various visas.

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  • To obtain a Green Card in the US, you must first determine if you are eligible. This article will help determine if you qualify and what the procedures are

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  • There are different criteria to be filled in if you wish to live and work in Quebec. Find out more about work visas and permits for Quebec in this article.

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  • If you wish to visit Quebec as a tourist you will need a visitor visa. This will be useful when you reach the Quebec immigration services. More information

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Work

Labour market, how to find a job
  • If you're moving to Seattle and intend to look for a job in this unique city, read the article below for more information.

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  • Foreigners seeking job opportunities are welcome in Mexico. But how should you proceed to find a job in this North American country? Find out more.

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  • If you wish to settle in a calm and peaceful Mexican city, San Miguel de Allende is one of the best places to be. But what about work?

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  • Working in Mexico City can be an enriching experience. In this article, find useful tips to help you find a job there.

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  • Jalisco is one of the most popular expatriate destinations in Mexico, with many foreigners living in Guadalajara and around Lake Chapala. What about work?

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Accommodation

How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • On beaches, big cities, and everything in between, Mexico has a wide range of options for accommodation for expatriates. Find out more in this article.

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  • With excellent weather, Spanish-colonial architecture, and a safe environment, San Miguel de Allende is one of Mexico's most popular expat destinations.

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  • Are you looking for accommodation in Mexico City? You can choose among many types of apartments, houses, and other properties in the Mexican capital city.

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  • Finding accommodation in Jalisco should not be a difficult task. You can start your search before you move, or wait until you arrive. Here are some tips.

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  • Cancun is one of Mexico's most popular destinations for tourists, retirees, and students. But how do you find accommodation there? Find the answers here.

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Study

Student visa, University registration
  • There are many options for studying in Mexico, from attending grade school or university to taking short-term Spanish immersion courses. Find out more.

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  • This article has helpful information on admissions, visa types, and tuition if you want to study in the United States.

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  • Ottawa is an attractive city for international students. Here is all that you need to know about the higher education system and student life in Ottawa.

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  • For international students looking to move Toronto, here is an insight into the higher education system and student life in this big Canadian city.

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  • If you're looking to study in Vancouver, here is an insight into the local higher education system and some useful information on enrolment formalities.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • In this article, you will find useful information about Mexico's healthcare system, options for health insurance in Mexico, and vaccinations.

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  • Public health system in the United States: how does it work? What types of healthcare systems exist,and should I get purchase private healthcare insurance?

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  • Do foreign nationals need a health insurance on moving to Quebec? How do you apply for a health insurance card in Quebec? Find out in this article.

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  • All foreign nationals have to get a health insurance on moving to Canada. Health tests are also required. Discover the Canadian health care system.

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Bank

Open and manage a bank account
  • If you’re working in Mexico, you’ll eventually need to open a bank account. Find all the necessary information in this article.

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  • How to open a bank account in the United States? What documents do you need and how long is the process? Find out in this article.

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  • On moving to Quebec, you will probably want to open a bank account. Expat.com explains, in this article, how to open a bank account in Quebec.

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  • Wondering how to open a bank account in Canada? Expat.com is providing you with an overview of the Canadian banking system and some tips to guide you.

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Tax

Tax system, income tax
  • Do I have to pay taxes in Mexico? What are the different taxes in Mexico? Here are the answers to your queries.

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  • Tax in the USA: useful information about the tax system in the U.S. including income tax, property tax, FICA, and sales tax.

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  • Foreigners nationals living in Quebec have to pay taxes both at the federal and provincial levels. Find an overview of the tax system in this article.

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  • Foreign nationals in Canada have to pay tax according to their resident status. Find all that you need to know about the Canadian tax system here.

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  • This article is about State Sales Tax Holidays. These are weekends when there is no sales tax on specific items.

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Transports

Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • Which types of transportation are common in Mexico? What about the prices? Let's find out in this article.

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  • You can travel across the United States by different means of transportation: by plane, train, buses, car, etc. The mode of transportation differs by state

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  • Like most Canadian cities, Quebec also has a wide transport network. Discover this province's transport networks with Expat.com.

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  • Canada hosts a wide and developed transports network. Find all that you need to know about transportation in Canada in this article.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Driving in Mexico is not as difficult as you may think. Sure, there are some challenges, but in general getting around Mexico by car is a great option.

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  • Driving in the US: is my driver's licence valid in the U.S.? How do I apply for a U.S. driver's licence?

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  • Foreign nationals do not need an international driver's license to drive in Canada. Discover all the relating conditions if you want to drive in Canada.

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  • Foreign nationals living in Quebec are allowed to drive with their national driver's license for up to 6 months. Find out more about relating conditions.

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Removal

moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Moving to a foreign country like Mexico requires careful planning and preparation. Get some tips on relocating to Mexico in this article.

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  • When moving to a new country with all your belongings, it is important to understand the procedure and conditions. Find out more in this article.

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  • Relocating to Quebec requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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  • Moving to Canada required appropriate planning. In this article, Expat.com is providing you with some useful and tips to guide you through your move.

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Communications

Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • It’s easy to get connected in Mexico, with its many internet and telephone providers. Here’s an insight into the country's telecommunications network.

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  • Numerous telecommunication companies in the U.S. offer different services and packages, and there are many different ways to keep in touch.

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  • Canada has a wide telecommunications networks including several regional service providers. Discover the telecommunications market in this article.

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  • In this article, Expat.com provides you with an overview of Quebec's telecommunications networks with tips on how to obtain a phone line and Internet.

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Leisure

Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Mexico has a wealth of traditional culture and activities for all interests. Find out more about leisure in Mexico in this article.

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  • You can discover the United States in an exciting way during your spare time or on holidays. There are numerous natural and amusement parks you can visit,

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  • Interested in American cuisine? This article will give you some information about traditional and regional foods, as well as dining out in the United State

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  • Curious about the American lifestyle? The article below will tell you about holidays, American values, and work and family life.

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Miscellaneous

  • If you want to move to the US with your pet, you have to understand the procedure. Make sure to check the conditions with both your airline and APHIS.

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  • Yes, you can bring your pets to Mexico, but you must comply with the customs procedures. Here’s how travel to Mexico with your pets.

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  • If you are looking for a daycare for your child while you're at work, here is some information that might help you.

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  • If you are planning to move to Quebec with your pet, you are probably wondering about relating formalities. Find all that you need to know in this article.

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