Work permits to foreign nationals are only issued if the employer can prove that a comparable worker cannot be found on the Mexican labor market. As a rule, this only applies to skilled workers.
When hiring a foreign worker, the employer must apply to the Mexican Ministry of the Interior for work and residence permits. Employers must insure their employees with a pension insurance. Social and scientific institutions as well as international organizations are most likely to be able to provide work for immigrants.
For young people who want to go abroad for a while and are completing or completing an apprenticeship in tourism, the Riviera Maya offers some good opportunities to find work in a large “all inclusive hotel” (e.g. reception, entertainment, children’s club). The prerequisite is that you speak Spanish, English and one other language (especially Italian, French, German) and try to find work on site. However, wages are low.
Another possibility is, for example, as a diving instructor. For the self-employed or entrepreneurs with the appropriate capital, there are some opportunities on the Riviera Maya, in Playa del Carmen, Tulum or Cancun, for example as a craftsman or mechanic.
Furthermore, you should get detailed information about the employer of your choice in advance. Local contacts can’t hurt. The job search itself can be done in a number of ways. In job exchanges, at recruitment agencies or at the German-Mexican Chamber of Commerce: https://mexiko.ahk.de/
According to countryvv, workers are required to pay income tax. It is a maximum of 35 percent. A private accident insurance must be taken out.
Real estate – buy or rent
Foreigners from the EU can easily buy or rent real estate in Mexico (except within 50 km of the coast and within 100 km of the state border). However, it is an advantage to seek help from an experienced real estate agency.
Cost of living
The cost of living is almost half cheaper than in Western Europe. Land, houses, apartments and cars are a lot cheaper.
You would need around € 1,942.40 (MXN 48,343.44) in Mexico City to maintain the same standard of living that you could have in Berlin with € 3,700.00 (assuming you rent in the cities).
- Consumer prices in Mexico City are 47.51% lower than in Berlin (excluding rent)
- Consumer prices in Mexico City are 47.50% lower than in Berlin (including rent)
- Rental prices in Mexico City are 47.48% lower than in Berlin
- Restaurant prices in Mexico City are 39.33% lower than in Berlin
- Food prices in Mexico City are 42.45% lower than in Berlin.
Local purchasing power in Mexico City is 59.77% lower than in Berlin
Average cost of living in Mexico City (from 09/2019 – 08/2020)
|Restaurant||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Food, price w. restaurant||4.94||2.66 – 8.92|
|Middle class, 3 courses for 2 people.||26.58||17.09-68.34|
|Local beer, 0.5 l||1.61||0.91-3.01|
|Imported beer, 0.33 l||2.66||1.71-4.18|
|Coca / Pepsi (0.33 l)||0.64||0.46-1.14|
|Water (0.33 l)||0.50||0.38-1.00|
|Food||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Milk (1 L)||0.79||0.65-0.95|
|White bread (500g)||1.17||0.57 – 1.71|
|Rice (white), (1kg)||0.86||0.57-1.26|
|Local cheese (1kg)||4.33||2.28 – 7.59|
|Chicken breast fillet (1kg)||3.51||2.28-5.70|
|Beef (1kg) or other red meat||6.06||4.56-8.35|
|Bananas (1kg)||0.84||0.57 – 1.67|
|Onions (1kg)||0.91||0.46 – 1.40|
|Lettuce (1 head)||0.67||0.49-1.14|
|Water (1.5 l)||0.55||0.32-0.76|
|Bottle of wine (middle class)||5.70||3.80-11.39|
|Local beer (0.5 l)||0.93||0.61-1.44|
|Imported beer (0.33 l)||1.86||0.95-2.66|
Average costs for local transport, utilities, clothing, leisure, education of Mexico City (from 09/2019 – 08/2020)
|Mode of Transport||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Taxi base amount||0.50||0.34-0.95|
|Taxi 1 km||0.23||0.16-0.57|
|Ancillary housing costs||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|for 85 sqm apartment (electricity, water, garbage, etc.||26.79||16.14-48.41|
|1 minute prepaid mobile tariff||0.06||0.03-0.11|
|Internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable / ADSL)||21.38||15.19-32.27|
|Clothes, shoes||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Jeans (Levis 501 or similar)||33.83||18.98-45.56|
|Summer dress (Zara, H&M,…||27.74||15.19-37.97|
|Nike sports shoes, middle class||62.67||37.97-83.53|
|Leather business shoes||59.83||34.17-94.92|
|leisure time||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Fitness center, month / adult||43.56||15.19-94.92|
|Tennis, 1 hour on weekends||13.72||7.59-18.98|
|a movie ticket||3.04||2.66 – 5.70|
|training||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Preschool / Kindergarten, private, whole day, monthly per child||223.62||132.89-379.67|
|International primary school per year and child||4,673.19||2,733.64 – 7,593.46|
Average Rental Prices / Purchase and Salaries of Mexico City (from 09/2019 – 08/2020)
|Monthly rental price||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in the city center||489.72||303.74-759.35|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside the center||283.99||151.87-455.61|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the city center||974.58||759.35-1,328.85|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside the center||590.33||379.67-949.18|
|Purchase price of apartments||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Price per square meter for an apartment in the city – purchase||1,851.49||1,404.79-2,353.97|
|Price per square meter – apartment outside the center – purchase||1,133.86||759.35-1,518.69|
|wages||Ø € Price||€ Price from / to|
|Average monthly salary (after taxes)||498.33||–|
Emigration and Living in Mexico
Immigration is particularly interesting for retirees who have a regular monthly income and who can raise additional capital to buy a house, car, etc. The Riviera Maya is mainly recommended for job seekers and the self-employed. Immigration is quite difficult elsewhere. Some advantages of the country: Cost of living cheap (LHK-I 60.8).