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  1. If anyone needs some Guatemalan currency I have some. I am willing to trade for US or MXN.
  2. This is what we are trying to determine. As we will likely be here pretty much full time would it even be possible to stay as Residents for tax purposes. Also, what are the long and short term pros and cons to each option.
  3. Can anyone recommend a good account lakeside that can handle our Canadian tax returns? Also, to give us recommendations on tax status. For 2021 we are ok to file as residents of Canada but 2022 is going to pose many more questions.
  4. In general, a wired connection is superior to a wifi connection. Cat5e cabling, which has been in use for many years, is capable of Gig speeds. You will not see those kinds of speeds on wifi unless you have the latest technology running with zero interference, which is not likely. The firestick may have limitations on the wired connection.
  5. What country is the laptop being shipped from? Do not assume everything from amazon.com is coming from the USA. This may also be why you are not being charged USA taxes.
  6. Not looking to resurrect an old thread but thought I would add some Canadian content for those searching. The way we are setup there are no fees for any transactions whether ATM, Debit, or CC purchases. The credit cards we have are Home Trust Visa, and MBNA World Elite Mastercard. Neither charge foreign transaction fees and the exchange is always inline with xe.com. The Home Trust Visa is a no-fees card. The MBNA card is $150/year but has a 1.8% cash back, which more than pays for the card. I believe these terms may be changing in the near future. We do not use credit cards for cash withdrawals. We have a no fees Tangerine bank account. This is Scotia's online only affiliate. They are partnered with Bank of America in the USA and Scotia here in Mexico. If we decline all offers that popup on the screen we get the same exchange rate that is posted at xe.com and no transaction fees show up on our statements. Yes, Bank of America runs the same scam as the machines here in Mexico.
  7. I am glad to see they have made this change.
  8. Maybe people keep making this comment because it is true. If you are referring to the dead horse as the Canadian medical system, I would agree.
  9. The purpose of opening the account is to keep a minimal amount of cash the and use it as a form of ID. It seems a bank account is often required for other purposes. For instance, we tried to get a storage unit and they required a bank account. If transfers are required we would use Transfer Wise. It simplifies international transfers.
  10. We tried intercam but were told there was a 30 peso fee for debits and a 90 peso fee for ATMs that were not intercam.
  11. My wife and I are having a challenge getting a bank account open. Every bank and even at the branch level seem to have their own and different requirements. Is there a bank that is more geared to foreigners? We have temp residency and have a letter with a local utility bill. Some banks are requiring a Mexican phone number and/or permanent residency, among other things.
  12. What is the cost of an MRI locally. I have a shoulder/arm that I would like done.
  13. No problem. We were heading to Chapala anyway for other things. Seems like setting up a bank account is a bigger challenge than we originally thought.
  14. Yes, when lab work is requested it is requested by the doctor. The results are sent to them and they can share results at their discretion.
  15. Not all lab work in Ontario is covered. The idea that Canada has some Utopic medical system is a fallacy. For instance I need to pay for PSA test, an early detection test for prostate cancer. All testing needs a doctor's requisition.
  16. Thanks all for the advise. We checked out both Chopo and Golab. Chopo was far more professional and less expensive. The results were emailed baƧk in about 6 hours. The cost would have been about the same had they in done in Ontario. However, turnaround time is quite impressive. I also like the fact we get the results and not simply sent to the doctor who may or may not disclose the results.
  17. Hi All, My wife and I recently arrived and are just starting to orientate ourselves. We are currently at Roca Azul. My wife needs some blood work done for her specialist in Canada. What lab would be best? The requisition is in English.
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