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  1. True. And not everyone receiving a Residente Permanente is American so the use of the term Green Card is both confusing and inaccurate.
  2. We frequently drive down to Mexico from Vancouver Island at the time of year stated. Last winter it was the second week of December. We keep a close eye on the Siskiyou Pass situation. If there is snow or the threat of snow we head over to the coast on 101 and come down the Oregon Coast through California to Ukiah and then head over to Interstate 5. Just reverse for going north.
  3. Listen to Ferret and Sonia. I am Canadian and have been living part time at the Lake since 1999. It seems the ONLY valid reason for moving your dad down to Mexico is the climate. There are many smaller communities in BC where the weather is much improved over Ontario, and which are friendly and supportive communities with loads of activities for seniors. Consider this alternative. Your message reveals your complete naivite about Mexico and the difficulties that would face your dad.
  4. You might want to re-think your plan to apply for a RT in Mexico before you take the oath of citizenship for Canada. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/cit/grant/residence/intention.asp
  5. Because they come quickly and manage the mechanical repairs?
  6. I'm surprised nobody mentioned the Green Angels... http://gomexico.about.com/od/driving/qt/green-angels.htm
  7. http://www.taserdemexico.com/mexico/
  8. You are aware of the differences in voter turnout in Canada and the US? US has averaged 47.7 % turnout since 1945. Canada has averaged 70.7% since 1867. Our lowest turnout on record was 58.8 % in 2008. The US voter turnout is dead last amongst the G7 nations.
  9. Why would you assume its a moral issue?? I cannot answer this for you.
  10. If you are accepted as a true immigrant to Canada, health care is not an option, it is a requirement. You don't have a choice NOT to have it.
  11. No problem Chuckles. I will try to send them through the PM system.
  12. Hi, We have driven down multiple times with 2 dogs in a van and stayed at the Best Western in Navajoa and a number of "no tell" motels along the route and that worked out fine. Last time we came down in our fifth wheel, crossing at Nogales. We stayed the first night at the Hotel Playa de Cortes in Guaymas Sonora. You take the road straight into Guaymas but before reaching the central area watch for a sign on the mountain on the right side for a turn off to the right. Follow that road to the end. It ends at the hotel. They have a parking lot/camping sites at the back of the hotel for $20 a night and you get to share the facilities of the hotel and the beach etc. A beautiful place to stop. Then we stopped at an over-night stop in Los Mochis which was OK but not great. I would recommend instead that many RVers stop at the large Pemex station on the south side of town where they have a gated truck parking area with a security guard. We then stopped at Mazatlan (a number of possibilities on the northern strip coming into town). We stopped at Las Jaibas which was just fine. We would also highly recommend the RV Park at Roca Ajul as it would be a quiet and comfortable place for both you and the dogs to stay for an extended stay. We stored our fifth wheel there while we were down in our own place near Jocotepec. It was well secured there. If you would like photos of these places, just send me a private message. Would be happy to send. Good luck with your plans.
  13. I would just like to remind people that the cheek of the US government (IRS and TReasury Dept) is not limited to US citizens, but to those non-citizens who have obtained a Green Card and kept it for 8 years or longer. Those of us, even those of us who returned to our home countries or gone elsewhere and no longer reside in the US are held captive FOREVER unless we repatriate officially and get a clearance from the US government. If, perchance we are married to a US citizen, we cannot own our homes in a foreign country jointly, even if as in my own case it is and always has been my own property, and even though I live in a community property state..why?? because if my husband should die before me, then I can end up paying US death duties in his half OF MY OWN PROPERTY. Furthermore, the IRS operates on a completely different limitation of residency than does US Immigration, so that Canadians snowbirders in the US should be aware that although they are fully entitled to stay in the US for 180 days of the year according to US Immigration rules, the IRS applies a limit of 31 days after which one potentially becomes a US resident for tax purposes. Foriegners must file a speial release with the IRS annually to escape being captured as a US resident for tax purposes. I just received my final clearance from the US treasury this week, after filing a repatriation of my green card almost 3 years ago. I feel as if I have had my freedom returned to me. NEVER have I ever felt that way in my own country. It makes me appreciate what true democracy and freedom feels like. End of rant.
  14. The lovely thing about being situated on the south shore on the new highway, is that it makes it so much easier to by-pass all of the Chapala-Jocotepec "gringo-mania congestion". It takes half an hour now to drive the slow route from Jocotepec to Ajijic/Chapala and in that same time I can be in Guadalajara enjoying the Mega Store, Costco, Walmart and Home Depot. Who needs the "resources" of Chapala?? And for an "authentic" Mexican experience of food, shopping and walking it is at my doorstep. I continually enjoy reading the negative comments about life on the southshore from those who have never done it. It does a disservice to folks, but it's not my job to promote the south shore either. Each to his/her own.
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