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What you will Learn on your Crash Course on Mexico in Lake Chapala

There is nowhere else to get the information you will learn on your Crash Course on Mexico that by taking a Focus Fast-Track-to-Learning program. Each Seminar is worth the price of the program. Imagine getting a crash course on Mexico in just one week - everything you need, every question answered (including many you never thought of). You get everything in one fell swoop. You’ll have access to our recommended Specialists, the best in their field. AND we even give you a Certificate to come back again, any time in the next 5 years following your program, and sit in on the sessions again for Free. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

You’ll also be part of the Focus Network and once you have decided to make the move, you will have access to the Focus Alumni Support section on our website to help you make a smooth transition and you also will be eligible for the Focus Alumni Benefits.

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  • Doctors and facilities - learn about the expertise of doctors and quality of hospitals, clinics, other facilities including lakeside private clinics/hospitals.
  • Hear about brand new hospitals being built.
  • National health care plans - find out pros and cons of IMSS, and new changes that make it difficult for foreigners. Introduction to recent new (low cost) public government health plan with no age limit, or pre-existing condition issues, and recently open to foreigners.
  • Private insurance - We'll give you an overview of a private insurance plan offering Major Medical with no age limit and very affordable premiums.
  • Best Doctors Group Health Plan - Focus has put together a great Group Health Plan with Best Doctors.
    • You'll learn about the fabulous options inside our Plan including being eligible to join up to age 74, 11 months and pre-existing conditions are automatically accepted after 12 months.
    • Worldwide coverage with all the best doctors and hospitals; includes 2nd opinion from specialist doctor from the top 5% of doctors in the world.
    • Catastrophic coverage up to $750,000 USD per year, $3000 USD deductible (no co-pay) for $1090 USD a year.
  • Air Evacuation Insurance. Three plans available:
    • Snowbirds
    • Expats under 75 years
    • Expats over 75 years
  • Pre-existing conditions not a problem on any of the plans.
  • Discount Clinic Program - Learn how you can have unlimited doctor’s appointments for a low yearly fee $270 USD. To apply, no age limit and no pre-existing conditions. Many additional benefits including house calls.
  • Prescription drugs - availability, cost comparison to north of the border, many ‘prescription drugs’ actually available over the counter.
  • Alternative health care - outline of the many options and overview description.
  • The seminar outlines the many options and identifies combinations to choose from that would give you the best coverage at the lowest cost. No matter what your situation we have options for your consideration.

What you will learn on your Crash Course on Mexico is simply not available information anywhere else.

Real Estate - Rent or Buy:

  • Renting
    • Learn different rules for renting in Mexico.
    • Find out why you need a lease in English, why you should not give post-dated checks, or stop-payment on a check.
    • Learn how to stay out of trouble by asking the right questions.
  • Buying
    • Get the Cheat Sheet for things to watch for Learn why some areas popular and others not.
    • Find out about escrow or trust accounts?
    • Are there Disclosure Laws?
    • What about house inspections or conditional sales?
    • What about zoning and building codes?
    • What about the construction process?

Process of buying - what do you really need to know?


  • What is happening with Economy in Mexico?
  • Where is it going?
  • Is it safe to invest in Mexico?
  • Is it better to invest in pesos or dollars?
  • Implications of NAFTA on Mexico.

Learn how Mexico has created historic federal reserves over $190,000 billion dollars as of August 2014 and the economic opportunities in Mexico.


  • Visas, FMM, Temporal, Permanente and which one is right for you.
  • Where and how to apply for pre-authorization before coming to Mexico.
  • Criteria and how to qualify including proof of income (monthly or through investments). 
  • Learn special options if you don’t meet financial criteria (an exception rule - legal). 
  • Find out advantages and disadvantages of each visa depending on your circumstances.
  • What about working papers attached to your visa? 

Under which Visas can you work?

Bringing Furniture:

  • You’ll receive a detailed Digital Book covering everything to do with moving your furniture.  
  • You’ll learn how you can bring in all your belongings tax free and how and where to get your Inventory approved and get your Permit to Bring in your stuff.

Bringing Pets:  

  • You’ll learn the guidelines for bringing cats and dogs, how many can you bring - depending on driving or flying and also if there is a quarantine period. 
  • What about birds, horses and other animals; you’ll learn that too.

You’ll find out about the Vets lakeside and if you can get the food your pet is used to. Even the Vets do house calls.

Bringing Cars:

  • What about your foreign plated vehicle - can you bring into Mexico?
  • You’ll learn under what circumstances you can put Mexican plates (nationalize) - a foreign plated vehicle and the cost and timing.
  • And also which vehicles you cannot Mexican plate and what happens with your vehicle then.
  • What happens when the registration expires?
  • How can you sell it in Mexico?

And of course we have expert people you can assist you with this process.

How and where to get your Car Permit in advance and more.

Money Matters:

  • There are several considerations with money - Investing in Mexico, including the Stock Market, and Funds, Investment houses and Banks.
  • Learn whether you should put money in a Mexican Bank or Investment house, how to manage your finances back home, how to pay bills online.
  • Also an important consideration is Currency Exchange and we have some International recommended Exchange groups that allows you to go straight to the International exchange and avoid the middleman, which can save you thousands of dollars.
    • You can even do a buy forward account over a year and lock in the rate in advance and transfer portions over time or all of an amount.
    • Timing a transfer can be everything. When I bought my Toyota RAV, I saved $5000 usd equivalent because of when we transferred the money from dollars to pesos.
    • Easy when you know how, and Focus shows you the way.

Since Mexico is an emerging market, you enjoy higher returns than north of the border.


  • Learn how to save money on Car insurance and what happens if you have a car accident.

What about house insurance, do you need it?

Focus Benefit Card:

Focus Alumni are immediately eligible for the Focus Benefit Card. There are substantial discounts and more coming so some great cost savings for day to day living, decreasing your cost of living even more.

Focus Alumni are immediately eligible for the Focus Benefit Card. There are substantial discounts and more coming so some great cost savings for day to day living, decreasing your cost of living even more.

Flavor of Mexico:

Learn the heart & soul of Mexico and how to best integrate into your new adopted country. Learn on your Crash Course on Mexico all the answers and information so you you can make a smooth transition. You will be part of the Focus on Mexico network and will receive a Certificate to come back any time in the following five years and attend the Seminars again for free.

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On your Journey of Discovery to retire in this land of enchantment, we cover topics that will be important to you…immigration, health options available in Mexico, legal and financial topics, and information that will guide you through the decision-making process of buying or renting a house, options for moving, bringing your pets, and a myriad of other details that we have collected during Focus on Mexico’s 15 years of experience guiding our participants through the Lake Chapala area.

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