Why Making the Move To Belize Is Easy

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Deciding to relocate is always a big decision; but particularly for those who are planning on moving to another country. The idea can be exciting; but the thought of what it may require can be extremely overwhelming.

For many people who have moved to Belize, they experience a culture like no other in the world. They find that the experience of living in Belize is well worth any process they had to go through to make it happen. Moving to Belize is not as difficult as it may appear. Actually, it is pretty easy for Americans and Europeans to make Belize their home.

Here are a few reasons why:

Belizeans Speak English

English is the official language of Belize, so you won’t need to worry about learning a new language. This can be very difficult for many adults. Many Belizeans also speak Spanish and other local dialects, but you can easily get by in Belize without knowing how to speak any of these.

Similar Laws and Government

It can be quite scary moving to another country, with everything we know and hear about their laws and government structure. The Belize government and laws will be familiar to Americans and citizens of the United Kingdom, as they are based on British Common Law, which is the foundation of American law.

No Visa Needed for Americans, and Many Other Global Citizens

It is pretty simple to travel in and out of Belize, especially for British and American citizens. No Visa is required to enter Belize for American and British citizens. If you are a resident of another country besides the U.S. and the U.K., it is simple to research whether or not you will need to obtain a Visa.

No Currency Adjustment for Americans

The Belizean dollar is $2 to 1 American dollar; and both currencies are used and exchanged freely throughout the country.

Friendly People and Amazing Culture

Belizeans are friendly and welcoming. They have an island attitude of enjoying life and not taking themselves too seriously. The culture is varied and extremely blended and interesting. You will be among proud people who love their little paradise on Earth.

 

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How to Become a Citizen of Belize

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Many Americans and Europeans are choosing Belize as their retirement home, or simply a place to relocate to a place where daily life moves quite a bit slower.  If you are planning on making Belize your home, and not just a vacation spot or real estate investment; here is a basic guide on how to stay in Belize and possibly obtain Belizean citizenship.

1. Staying in Belize Indefinitely:

Are you qualified to apply for citizenship in Belize?

If you are planning on living out your golden years in Belize, it is wise to do your research to determine if becoming a citizen is even an option for you. Future expats who are not children or grandchildren of Belize citizens (those born in Belize), need to know that citizenship requests will be denied to those whose parents are currently citizens of countries who may be at war with Belize or who have legal immunity in Belize.

If you are married to a citizen of Belize, citizenship can be granted.

As with many countries across the globe, if you marry a citizen of Belize, after a year of residency in Belize, citizenship can be granted; barring there are no other issues concerning your country of origin as stated in the previous step.

Move to Belize with the intention of making the country your home.

If you are seriously considering moving to Belize and making it your home; you can move there and automatically be granted a month Visa stamp in your passport. After a month, you can apply for an additional stamp monthly for up to 6 months for a $25 USD fee. You may continue to renew your Visa, but the fee increases to $50 USD per month after your first 6 months are granted.

Find out if you need a Visa to enter the country.

Many global citizens are not required to obtain a Visa to enter Belize. If you are a citizen of any of these countries, you can travel to Belize with a current legal passport.

  • Citizens of the European Union Member States (EU)
  • Citizens of the Caribbean Community Member States (CARICOM)
  • Citizens of the United States of America and dependent territories
  • Costa Rica
  • Chile
  • Guatemala
  • Iceland
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • Citizens of the Commonwealth Realms & Monarchies

2. Applying For Citizenship:

After 6 months of residency in Belize, you may apply as a resident alien.

In order to apply as a resident alien of Belize, you must have financial proof that you can care for yourself and will not be a financial burden on the country. You must have at least $2000/mo for your living expenses. You must show proof of these finances when renewing your permit.

The Qualified Retirement Persons Program

The QRP (Qualified Retirement Persons Program) was created by the Belize Tourism Board to attract retirees to the country. Many find this a difficult process and hard to get approved; however, if you are approved, you are then exempt from any other residency requirements.

After one year of living in Belize, you can apply for permanent residency. After 5 years of living in Belize, you can apply for naturalization. Once you are a Belizean citizen or Resident, you are then allowed to work and start a business in Belize without a Work Permit.
 

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Tips for Moving to a New Country

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Do you feel the itch to get out and move to a different lifestyle, whether it be laid back in the mountains or at the beach, or the hustle and bustle of a new city? There are plenty of things to consider before making the move to a new country.  Follow the tips that we have outlined below to make an easy transition.

 

Think about where you would like to move – this is the most exciting part of the journey, consider spots that you have vacationed to in the past that you have fallen in love with, and can’t wait to go back to again and again.

 

Research The Employment Outlook – searching for jobs overseas can be just as complicated as looking for a job in your home town.  Sometimes there is a language barrier as well.  If you are thinking about opening up your own business, be sure that there is a market for your company in the new country as well.

 

Consider Schooling for your Children – if you still have school age children, you want to make sure that they have an easy transition as well.  Look into the schooling systems and even consider touring a few campuses before making a final decision on where to settle down.

 

Think about how to move your belongings over – it can be incredibly expensive to move cars and large furniture overseas.  You may be better off looking for a fully furnished home, or buying new furnishings once you are settled.  Hold a moving sale, hand off your larger furniture to family and friends, or consider donating your items to your favorite charity.

 

Prepare for the culture shock – not many places have that homey feel as soon as you land.  Do your best to recreate some elements that are important to you and your family when you move.  Whether it is having a backyard to BBQ, or buying a home close to the market so you can walk down every weekend.

 

There are so many things to consider and prepare for when moving to a new country, including what we stated above. Our best advice is do your best to research into the areas that you are considering moving to. Utilize travel books, online magazines, and films all about the country to get the most amount of information that you possibly can.

 

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