American Remote Workers Flocking to Mexico

American remote workers Mexico
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Since comparable numbers were available in 2010, the number of US citizens going to Mexico has increased at a rate that has not been witnessed, and since the start of 2019, the number of temporary visas granted to US citizens has increased by 85%.

Through September, Mexico has awarded 8,412 permits to Americans, compared to 4,550 for the first three quarters of 2019.

Given that Mexico has always maintained to underestimate the real number of Americans that enter its territory, that figure could only reflect a small percentage of the flood of Americans visiting the country. Permanent residence was given to 5,418 more Americans this year than in 2019, a 48% increase.

As long as they are paid abroad, Americans are permitted to operate in the Latin American nation for up to six months straight while on tourist visas. Many people opt to briefly return to the US before entering Mexico once more in order to extend their stay there for an additional six months and continue working, even though it is illegal.

10 million American tourists came in Mexico by plane through September, increasing roughly 24% over the same time in 2019, according to Anahuac University’s CICOTUR research division. The tourism ministry reports that through the month of August of this year, international tourists spent $17.7 billion in total in Mexico, an increase of 13% over the same time last year.

Instead of a beach resort, Mexico City is the city where digital nomads are most frequently found. They have gotten 1,619 permits in the capital as of September. That has now surpassed the total of 1,417 from 2019.

Last week, the government of Mexico City revealed a collaboration with Airbnb Inc. and its UNESCO office to promote the city’s capital as a destination for remote workers. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum claimed that the influx’s economic advantages will extend beyond the typical tourist destinations.

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