I'm a translator and am considering spending a year or so in Belize, telecommuting. I would have no source income in Belize, and no employer in the country. What visa would be most appropriate? I'm too young for QR (40).
Thanks for the feedback
#211176 - 03/13/0511:24 PMRe: visa requirements for telecommuting
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is what has been happening for the last 2 years. The first 6 months are no problem, going once a month to get your visa renewed in San Pedro at the immigation office. I'm assuming you are a U.S. citizen. Its after those first 6 months that immigration has you going round and round. The solution that several people I know are using is to exit the country for several weeks and to reenter, then it seems you start over again. If you stay past 6 months without exiting you will have to go to Belmopan 2x a month to drop your passport off and pick it up, plus there is another piece of paperwork you have to fill out and you will have to supply a set of photos of yourself for their files. --Lee
Why is it a problem if you are not looking for a work permit in Belize and are only working and making money through the US? I am interested in a similar situation, living there 6 months and working through my computer on the internet back to my job in the US. Is this going to present a problem there?
#211180 - 03/21/0508:27 PMRe: visa requirements for telecommuting
Dolphin, thank you, you recommend they keep a low profile for BELIZE reasons or US reasons? I am not sure why this could be a problem for either, but would appreciate your advice. So if I live there 4 months I should not tell friends that I am working from my computer in US or Belize, cause it is totally okay with the company I work for. ???
#211182 - 03/22/0507:09 AMRe: visa requirements for telecommuting
Good advice Danny. Only that legally you are supposed to have a work permit to work here. But that is really meant to protect jobs for Belizeans. No one has had a problem yet doing work for the States, but don't create a problem by talking too much.
#211184 - 03/22/0511:24 AMRe: visa requirements for telecommuting
I don't want to do anything wrong or illegal, why would this 'sink ships'. Am I supposed to have a work permit even though I will not work for anyone in Belize?? I am surprised at all of this, as the people I know there are going to know I can't just survive without working somehow for 6 months. What does he mean by sink ships? Thank you so much. KE