“Kathleen, Belize requires an income of US$2,000 for residency. I only receive US$1,625 from my Social Security, and I have no other savings. Is it still possible to retire there, or not?”
–Greg K., Untied States
Yes, US$1,625 per month would be enough to retire to Belize but not under the country’s QRP program. That retirement residency program provides certain benefits, but it’s not the only option for establishing legal residency in this country.
In fact, the alternative is easier. Simply show up in Belize as a tourist. Remain in the country for a year renewing your tourist visa every 30 days at the immigration office in Belmopan. After a year of tourist renewals, you can apply for permanent residency. You don’t get the QRP tax breaks, but you’ll be a permanent legal resident.
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