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Posted By: KYitalianGal

need to getaway - 05/05/15 10:05 PM

Please can anyone tell me the easiest way to relocate to Belize from kentucky
Posted By: Shyboy

Re: need to getaway - 05/05/15 10:57 PM

Airplane................ Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Seriously; that is MANY questions posed as one. Ask some specific ones and, I'm sure, you will get answers.
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: need to getaway - 05/06/15 11:24 AM

Visit.
Pick a location you like.
Buy or rent a place to live.
Move down with minimal baggage, and funds sufficient for a comfortable year getting settled.
Put your stuff in the US in storage for a year, after which you take a look at it again and see what you really want or need in Belize.
Ba-da-bum.
Posted By: realmaria

Re: need to getaway - 05/28/15 10:56 PM

Hi,
I am so happy to read KYitaliangal's post. I am so tired of the rat race, I am seriously considering the same.
It sounds like a no brainer to me. I am glad to have found this site. I'm about 5 minutes old to it.
Maria
Posted By: ScubaLdy

Re: need to getaway - 05/29/15 02:07 AM

Heed Diane's advice - try it for one year before making a total commitment. This country/island is not for everyone. Don't burn your bridges behind you.
Posted By: cristinakj

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 03:58 AM

Originally Posted by ScubaLdy
Heed Diane's advice - try it for one year before making a total commitment. This country/island is not for everyone. Don't burn your bridges behind you.
This is what I am doing. My fiance' is staying in the U.S. so my expenses can be covered and I intend to stay as long as necessary to determine where to live, what to do, etc. We can qualify for the retirement program, but want to make a smart move. Don't be rash.

First come for six months on a visa (must be renewed every six months after the first 30 days and you MUST have proof of a return flight when you first come). After the first six months, you have to apply for a work visa.

Go from there
Posted By: Diane Campbell

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 11:43 AM

The post directly above is incorrect.
You do not need to apply for a work permit after six months.


Posted By: SimonB

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 12:02 PM

And your visa needs to be renewed every 30 days not every six months after 30 days.
Posted By: Judyann H.

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 03:23 PM

We came down on a one-way ticket......
Posted By: cristinakj

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 04:09 PM

Yeah, I meant 30 days - sorry about that. Not enough sleep.

I contacted the Washington based Belize travel people and the woman answered my question about showing proof of flying down in no uncertain terms that I absolutely had (she put the word "HAVE" in call caps) to have a return ticket.

I did have a real estate broker down there tell me that sometimes you can get by without one, but she recommended not risking it because you'll have to turn straight around.

As for the work visa, I know once your initial six-month visa renewals have run out, you have to apply for a work visa to stay (//ambergriscaye.com/economics/entryreq.html) among other sites. It would be great if this was incorrect...heck I'd love to not have to do that because I plan to stay and find someplace I can invest in BZ.

After one year of consistent living in BZ (with an allowance of 14 days), you can apply to become a resident which is different than a citizen.

This is what I've found out.

If I've been incorrect in any of this, definitely clarify please! I would love to know if I've got anything wrong, since we've already gotten the passport, the ticket and the lodging reservations lol

Since communicating with some other Belizeans, I've found the seemingly strict requirements are sometimes not quite as stringent as they appear "on paper" (on the internet), so my response/suggestions are based on the things I've learned through researching. That said, I do apologize if any information I've provided is incorrect or false. It's certainly not intentional.
Posted By: collyk

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 04:22 PM

You do not need to apply for a work permit unless you intend to work.
Posted By: cristinakj

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 05:59 PM

Originally Posted by collyk
You do not need to apply for a work permit unless you intend to work.


Okay so just so I'm clear:

For the first six months, you can have a regular visa which you must renew every 30 days.
After that initial six months, you have to apply for a work visa (the cost of which varies, depending on what you'll be doing), or you have to return home.

Or... can you simply stay on a regular visa for a year?

I really really want to find volunteer work for multiple reasons. I know I need a work permit for that and from what I've read, it costs $25 US.

Thank you for clarifying. It's hard to put a lot of pieces together from so many different websites/articles/books/fliers all over the place. It's like a giant puzzle!

-Cristina
Posted By: dabunk

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 06:40 PM

Work permits have variable rates depending on what type of volunteer work you want to do often way more than 25US
Posted By: R22driver

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 06:46 PM

You don't need to apply for a work permit unless you are going to work or volunteer. Average cost is 2000.00. Yup! Otherwise you can stay on indefinate visa renewals every 30 days. However after 6 mos, visa renewal costs 100.00bz per month.
Posted By: cristinakj

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 07:18 PM

Okay so I can see where I could leave the country after six months and then return (within 14 days) and then get another six-month renewable visa which would allow me to apply for residency.

But this site: //ambergriscaye.com/economics/entryreq.html says:

"Work Permit Fees are now as follows: Professional and technical workers: $750; general workers: $100; seasonal agricultural workers: $25 per crop; entertainers in groups of two to five: $250 each; individual entertainers: $150; missionaries, educational and volunteer individuals: $25. Barring exceptional circumstances, work permits will not be granted for waiters, vendors, domestic workers, and farm hands."

I'm very interested in doing some kind of teaching volunteer work, particularly in the southern portion of Belize, but I do have some experience in medical training as well, if necessary. Still, as a writer/journalist, I would much prefer to teach. I also have a son with autism and love working with "special needs" children.

If this paragraph (above) is correct, then I could pay $25 for the volunteer fee. I don't really know what they mean by the last sentence lol
Posted By: SimonB

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 07:46 PM

You can't get a six month visa. Those prices are out of date. The last sentence means exactly what it says, you will not, as an American, be given a work permit for any of those positions. After becoming a resident you could work in one of those positions however not many would offer you one of those positions.

You can offer your services as a volunteer but the organization must apply for you. You cannot apply for a volunteer permit yourself and then go out and volunteer. The organization must show a clear need and show that you are not taking paying work away from a Belizean.
Posted By: cristinakj

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 08:19 PM

Okay thank you Simon smile
Posted By: ragman

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 09:14 PM

R22 is correct I believe the cost was 2,000bz and it was good for 12 months. The info on visas sounds correct also.

This coming winter when I return I'll also have the experience of getting my PR stamped into a new passport. That I thought would be easy but now I'll hearing that there is a certain "protocol" I'll have to go through and it isn't a matter of going to Belmopan one day and coming back with the stamped passport. I can hardly wait. wink
Posted By: collyk

Re: need to getaway - 09/07/15 10:52 PM

Different work permits have different costs. If you live on Ambergris Caye, in addition to the costs of the permit itself, don't forget to factor in additional costs including traveling back and forth to Belmopan, which can add up, not to mention the time involved. So do make sure you budget for those extras.
Posted By: Bing Crosby

Re: need to getaway - 09/08/15 05:19 PM

Oh my goodness a different posting than usual.......NOT.
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