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My family and I have started discussing moving to mexico (Cancun area). I am a registered nurse in the US and was wondering what the job market is for american nurses in that area? We are just beginning our research and would appreciate any advice.
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I assume that you know that your US credentials will have no standing in Mexico, and that you should contact a Mexican university to determine how much of your education may be transferable and what the requirements would be to obtain a license in Mexico. Of course, I also assume that you are fluent in Spanish and know that Cancun is a very seasonal resort destination with little happening in the long hot summer months. You would also need government permission, as a foreigner, to work in Mexico and that can be difficult to obtain. As such, one should be prepared to show proof of foreign resources sufficient to qualify for an FM3 visa while applying for work and the support of the employer for working permission. You will need to prove those resources, for each family member, and should realize that wages will be very, very low, compared to the USA.
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Welcome to the forum.
I assume that you know that your US credentials will have no standing in Mexico, and that you should contact a Mexican university to determine how much of your education may be transferable and what the requirements would be to obtain a license in Mexico. Of course, I also assume that you are fluent in Spanish and know that Cancun is a very seasonal resort destination with little happening in the long hot summer months. You would also need government permission, as a foreigner, to work in Mexico and that can be difficult to obtain. As such, one should be prepared to show proof of foreign resources sufficient to qualify for an FM3 visa while applying for work and the support of the employer for working permission. You will need to prove those resources, for each family member, and should realize that wages will be very, very low, compared to the USA.
Why are you so angry the world is not a robotic monster, our education is transferable just as their education is transferable, relax and stop sounding like a crazy next time before you reply take a breather and

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Why are you so angry the world is not a robotic monster, our education is transferable just as their education is transferable, relax and stop sounding like a crazy next time before you reply take a breather and
I don't think that RVGRINGO was angry when he posted an answer to your question. He was just giving you the non-sugar-coated truth about your chances of finding work in your field in Mexico. Just my opinion, of course.

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I don't think that RVGRINGO was angry when he posted an answer to your question. He was just giving you the non-sugar-coated truth about your chances of finding work in your field in Mexico. Just my opinion, of course.
Hi, well I just think he may be painting a wee bit of a facist pic of mexico, it wasnt my question but people get jobs all over the world depending on their destiny, maybe God is calling to her to mexico and maybe she would do great things granted its hard but its hard everywhere and its not good to scare her away. As for the lifestyle, well that just depends how someone likes to live.

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Why are you so angry the world is not a robotic monster, our education is transferable just as their education is transferable, relax and stop sounding like a crazy next time before you reply take a breather and
Isla Verde is correct. We see many people post on this forum about working in Mexico without realizing the hurdles one has to overcome to do that. RV was just trying to help the Original Poster by outlining what some of those hurdles are. It doesn't mean it is impossible, but it is not easy.
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Isla Verde is correct. We see many people post on this forum about working in Mexico without realizing the hurdles one has to overcome to do that. RV was just trying to help the Original Poster by outlining what some of those hurdles are. It doesn't mean it is impossible, but it is not easy.
Ok, its hard everywhere you go that is not yours by citizenship but that does not give any of you the permission to scare people away. What right do you have to be so hard about giving out information, you are not the government. Did it occur to you that she and her husband might have a specialty that would be needed in mexico? You do not scare me as a moderator and you certainly don't seem to have an open mind regarding people! She is obviously a hard working woman asking a perfectly normal question and you go at her like a bunch of hyenas, well I wonder what the mexicans really think of people like you dishing out your mis-information.

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LucydelSol, no one is trying to be harsh on anyone here, least of all TundraGreen who is a very mellow moderator.

You must understand that Mexico is a fairly impoverished nation with the wealth held by a small group and the bulk of the country is left to fight for those remaining pesos. Because of that there are, for example, many well trained specialist Mexican nurses that are out of work and looking for jobs. To help keep as many as of its own people employed as possible, the Mexican government has created laws that specifically try to keep foreigners from taking away those jobs that Mexicans employees could do.

For that reason, the outlook isn't very positive for a foreigner trying to land a job in a field like nursing where there are many qualified Mexicans seeking the same positions and specific laws that prevent employers from hiring the foreigner. The folks here at this forum are just trying to warn people that the cards are intentionally stacked against them.

Of course, it is technically possible to find a situation where a foreigner could uniquely fill the needs of a certain job and the government would give the required permission to work but it honestly is not that common outside of teaching English, working in an English speaking call center or some technology and science work. Nursing is one of those fields where it is very uncommon for a foreigner to find work due to the large number of qualified Mexican applicants.


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Well, Aggie1084's original post and RV's response were almost three years ago, so I imagine Aggie has looked into the situation further by now and made up her mind one way or another.

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Well, Aggie1084's original post and RV's response were almost three years ago, so I imagine Aggie has looked into the situation further by now and made up her mind one way or another.
You're right - I never noticed those dates. But we never did find out what happened to the OP. Too bad . . .

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