The Expat Files Show # 656 – May 5, 2017

 

 

#1- I told you so! Today we have proof that the majority of Latin countries are now in the active stages of tightening their immigration and residency requirements for foreigners (that means gringos). Today we excerpt a trusted Panama media source outlining how residency requirements and tourist visa renewal laws are changing right now in Panama listing Latin countries that will shortly do the same. Do you know what that means? There will be more residency barricades and hoops to jump through, requirements will be tightened, the process will be longer, more expensive and more stressful. Bottom line- you’d be pound foolish not to act on your plan B now. You can still get residency in some Latin countries while its still relatively easy. If not, you’ll kick yourself for not acting sooner.

#2-DYK: if you move to Latin America you will have a second chance to create a clean social media and email slate? Yes you really can become a private and somewhat anonymous person again (almost like living in the US before the internet) however it will take some pre-planning. Today’s  we discuss how some expats have accomplished that difficult feat.

#3- There is nothing so ubiquitous as whatsapp in Latin America. Although no one knew it existed a year and a half ago, everyone has it now, including shoeshine boys, maids and cleaning ladies. Today we have a very enlightening “boots on the ground” whatsapp story.  

#4- Some tips on playing the “Clueless Gringo”- especially when pulled over by the cops. If you know some Spanish should you try to use it or not?     

#5- MY NEXT EXPAT “INSIDER” SEMINAR will be Saturday July 8th thru Thursday July 13th 2017 in and around Guatemala, Central America. Check out the earlybird discounts by going to www.thenewexpat.com  Click on the seminar link for full signup info and

#6- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” is a blueprint for your “Plan B” and the best way kick-start your own plan before getting boots on the ground in Latin America. See the three video intros to the “Expat Essentials” course at www.ExpatPlanB.com  

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