Puebla, otherwise known as ‘The Reliquary of America,’ is a historical city, rich in culture, with an ever growing expat community. Located in east central Mexico, Puebla sits at the foot of a volcano, surrounded by mountains with a rainy season lasting from May until October. InterNations has a variety of forums regarding but not limited to geography and environment to give expats living in Puebla the opportunity to discuss such topics further with fellow expatriates in Puebla and around the world. The city is a hub of culture, specifically including Puebla’s historic downtown; Zocalo, which is within walking distance of museums, monuments, beautiful colonial architecture, plenty of shopping malls and religious buildings including the beautiful Puebla Cathedral. Zocalo was even declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1987. Puebla is the perfect place for expats looking for a vibrant city that full of history and culture to begin a new life, with a ceaseless amount of opportunities and activities to help get any new expatriate in Puebla adjusted to their new home.
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Getting a visa for Mexico is a simple enough process as long as you meet at least one of their requirements. These include the following; firstly, you may apply for a permanent visa if you have family living within Mexico. Secondly, you may apply if you are retired, and in a position whereby you are able to support yourself. You may also apply if you have had temporary residence in Mexico for a minimum of four years. Finally, Mexico also has a points system that grants visa if you are able to meet a minimum points score. There are plenty of housing opportunities for any expat moving to Puebla, with ample properties in and around the city to buy or to even rent if you’re unsure of making your new move permanent too quickly, with many websites catered to help you look. And InterNations, the largest online expatriate network worldwide, offers forums, discussion groups and more so you can for example discuss housing tips and share advice with other expats.
Expats living in Puebla will find that one fantastic way to both work and to brush up on your Spanish is as an English teacher, either in schools, universities or as a personal tutor. There are many opportunities for this sort of position, with all different age ranges, depending on what you would feel most comfortable with. Some schools require previous work experience, while some look for a qualification and some are simply happy to take you as long as you can speak English. Regardless of how you are accepted, this is a rewarding way for an expat to adjust to life in a new country. Expatriates moving to Puebla will also be greatly welcomed if they come over as an investor and invest in Mexican industry and companies. Technical and scientific professions are greatly appreciated, in addition to doctors. Job finding in Mexico can be competitive, but if you hold a particular skill set that is valuable to the country, such as the above mentioned, then it shouldn’t be too difficult. Working in Puebla will allow you to complete your transition and join the ever growing network of expatriates that InterNations can help you meet, socialize with and eventually become a part of.