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Antonio Chavez
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So, my wife and I have been thinking about making a bold move. Just for the heck of it. There's been some talk about moving to a different country (frontrunners are Canada and Australia, altough we're only at the "dream up weird stuff" stage).

Does anyone know if it's actually doable? We're a family of 4 (me, 41; wife, 37; boys 8 and 3), all in good health and with varying levels of English fluency. I work as a computer support engineer, altough I haven't really got my Bachelor's degree yet (working on it); my wife has been a reporter for 15 years and is one of the best investigative reporters in Mexico. We're not rich by a long shot and have no relatives anywhere outside of Mexico. At this point I'm pretty sure we're not going to be able to go anywhere, but hey, I thought I'd ask.

Any thoughts appreciated
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I think living in another country, for a while at least, is great for kids, I think it really broadens their perspective in so many ways. When my son was little (between 6 & 10) we lived 2 summers in Madrid, and 1 year in Tunis. I think it was a good experience.
In terms of where to go I hear Finland is supposed to be nice, I have a friend whose company moved him there. At 1st he didn’t seem hot on the idea, but now I get the impression he’s happily there to stay. His wife was a native Spanish speaker and has apparently settled in well.
Another friend moved to New Zealand years ago, apparently for a high paying job in the tech industry. I’m unsure if that was just him, or if they have a big market for such skill there. However it may be worth a look.
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Mr.Baggins wrote:
Does anyone know if it's actually doable?


If it weren't, every country would only contain natives.
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As I recall, Canada is very friendly to immigration - even from the US. I created a thread a long time back about it, but now I can't find it. Essentially, if you can show that you have a skill that the Canadian economy needs - for example, computer programming or nursing - your immigration application would be expedited.
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I'm in the beginning stages of moving to australia for work. I'd be going on a 4 year work-visa with the possibility staying permanently afterwards. . On a work visa you have to buy private insurance, and I've been told that even with the pay increase I'm going to see....with cost of living I'll make about the same as I'm making now. We haven't decided yet whether to jump in, but its definetely exciting. The company would pay to move me overseas, but i can only imagine how much that costs. so its possibile, you just need a job in place. or some certification for a job-skill that their immigration believes is beneficial.
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sisteray wrote:


Vancouver will remind you of London. Grey, wet, and overcrowded.
I'm not a fan.

Victoria (on Vancouver Island) is a quaint place full of British charm but with better dental plans (sorry!). You will have to deal with being "island bound" there, however-- higher gas & food prices, plus the ferry trips to leave the island are $$$.

British Columbia, in general, is more socialist and their income taxes and sales taxes reflect that somewhat.

Alberta has jobs, lots of open room, and better weather (if you like wind and hail and occasional -40 C days in the winter, better than rain and more rain).
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The USA has 50 states, why not move to one of the other 49?
It'll be a lot easier.
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I looked into emigration once (just to see what the options were), and found that many countries actually have an age limit for naturalization. With 41 years of age, you are rapidly approaching limits if you have not already passed them. That means you could still emigrate, but you could not become an actual citizen of those countries, so you would be restricted in rights. For me, for instance, it would mean that if I would emigrate to Australia I would have no rights to Australian unemployment benefits and such -- and since I left my home country, neither would I be able to claim anything there. So, if you have lots of money of your own, it is not a problem, but then again, what IS a problem if you have lots of money of your own?
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Here in Canada there are groups organized by and for immigrants to this country (like the Hispanic Development Council, which I don't know much about). I'm sure they must exist in other countries too, and if you contact such groups they might be able to give you the insiders perspective on the process and problems of immigrating to whatever country you're interested in. In Canada you also might look under "Newcomer".

Your wife is an investigative journalist in Mexico. If your interest in emigrating has anything to do with intimidation from organized crime you might qualify to come here as refugees.

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Getting into Australia is much easier if you are qualified in a high-demand field and have a job organised first. I've worked with a number of South Americans (although no Mexicans as yet) who are here on a "457 Visa". You don't apply for the visa yourself, you apply for the job and the employer applies for the visa.

Try doing a job search on web sites like www.seek.com.au
There are also a number of companies who assist migrants trying to work in Australia, but be very wary if you go that path - a lot of them are only interested in taking your money.

If you want to apply on your own grounds, there are other types of skilled worker visas available, but they are much harder to get.
Note: you do not want to be here without a job lined up unless you are quite wealthy. Australia is a relatively expensive place to live.

English language skills are vital. Very few Australians speak Spanish, and in some workplaces you may find little tolerance if you can't communicate well. That's highly variable. Until recently one of our Colombians was giving Spanish lessons to half our team (of mining engineers and geologists) a couple of lunch breaks each week (he's since gone back to Columbia).
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kade wrote:
Your wife is an investigative journalist in Mexico. If your interest in emigrating has anything to do with intimidation from organized crime you might qualify to come here as refugees.



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Re: Immigration... feasable? Ya Sure Ya Betcha!
Yeah! So, just "move" unto around HERE within the general vicinity, and: "Live & let LIVE'n~LUV'n yet much M-O-R-E-!" cool
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I like Canada. Its cool. High taxes though.
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meeple THERE "is" yet another +PLUS+ for this locale as we even have "homemade Mexican cuisine" with HOME DELIVERY yet! cool
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Come to Texas! Close and cheep and lots of Spanish speaking peoples.
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