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  1. United States Consulate General Guadalajara PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO AS MANY AMERICAN CITIZENS AS POSSIBLE Message to U.S. Citizens: Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2012 Date: June 06, 2012 BEGIN TEXT. 1. The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the hurricane and typhoon seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommend that those in hurricane- and typhoon-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming seasons now. This Travel Alert expires on December 01, 2012. 2. The Atlantic Basin, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico: Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center expects to see a near-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this year with a 70 percent chance of nine to fifteen named storms, including four to eight that will reach hurricane strength (with top winds of 74 mph or higher). Of those, one to three will become major hurricanes (with top winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale). 3. The Eastern Pacific: Hurricane season began May 15 and ends November 30. NOAA predicts a near-normal hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific this year with a 70 percent chance of 12 to 18 named storms, including five to nine that will reach hurricane strength. Of those, two to five are expected to become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale). 4. Western and Central Pacific: Typhoon season begins June 1 and ends November 30. NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) predicts a 50 percent chance that activity during the 2012 season will be below normal in the Central Pacific basin. Each season the West and Central Pacific region averages 31 typhoons, about half of which have the potential to cause severe destruction. For information on typhoon warnings, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu, the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center, and the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC) Tokyo - Typhoon Center. 5. In the aftermath of some previous storms, U.S. citizens traveling abroad encountered uncomfortable and often dangerous conditions that lasted for several days while they waited for transportation back to the United States. In the past, many U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability. Roads were also washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas. In many places, storms often are accompanied by damaging high tides and flooding. If you are living close to the ocean or other bodies of water, you may be at higher risk of flooding. Landslides and mudslides also are serious concerns during heavy rains. Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters are not uncommon. Security personnel may not be readily available to assist. In the event of a storm, travelers should be aware that they may not be able to depart the affected area for 24-48 hours or longer. 6. If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the Department of State will work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens are repatriated as safely and efficiently as possible. Commercial airlines are the Department's primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort. The Department of State does not provide no-cost transportation, but has the authority to provide repatriation loans to those in financial need. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency. 7. If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes, typhoons, and other tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification). Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies. 8. Monitor local radio and other media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments. Minor tropical storms can develop into hurricanes or typhoons very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation. Inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency. 9. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to enroll with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) website. By enrolling, you will receive the Embassy's most recent security and safety updates during your trip. Enrollment also ensures that you can be reached during an emergency. While we will do our utmost to assist you in a crisis, be aware that local authorities bear primary responsibility for the welfare of people living or traveling in their jurisdictions. 10. Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness can be found on the Department's "Hurricane Season - Know Before You Go" webpage. You can get updated information on travel to your destination from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada or, from outside the United States and Canada, 1-202-501-4444. We also encourage you to check the Country Specific Information Sheet and the Internet site of the U.S. embassy or consulate with consular responsibilities for the country you will be visiting. Follow us on Twitter and become a fan of the Bureau of Consular Affairs' page on Facebook as well. --- The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta is located at Paseo de los Cocoteros #85; Sur Paradise Plaza, Interior Local L-7, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, C.P. 63732. The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta’s telephone numbers are 011 52 322 222 0069 & 011 52 322 223 3301; the fax number is 011 52 322 223 0074. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara is located at 175 Progreso Street, Col. Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara’s telephone number is 011 52 33 3268 2100; the fax number is 011 52 33 3825 1951. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145. END OF TEXT. . . U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara 175 Progreso Street; Col. Americana Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 011 52 33 3268 2100 http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov/ The Consulate office hours are Monday through Friday from 08:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. (except for Mexican and U.S. holidays
  2. United States Consulate General Guadalajara PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO AS MANY AMERICAN CITIZENS AS POSSIBLE Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Bud Date: May 24, 2012 BEGIN TEXT. This emergency message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Mexico that the National Hurricane Center (NHC, www.nhc.noaa.gov) forecasts Hurricane Bud, currently a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, is approaching Mexico’s Pacific coast. The NHC has issued a hurricane warning for the coast of Mexico from Punta San Telmo northwest to Cabo Corrientes and a tropical storm warning from Cabo Corrientes north to San Blas. The National Hurricane Center reports that Hurricane Bud is moving in from the Pacific Ocean and is expected to approach Mexico’s coast on the afternoon of Friday, May 25, most likely affecting the coasts of Jalisco and Colima and including the resort areas of Puerto Vallarta/Ribera Nayarit and Manzanillo. As of Thursday afternoon, maximum sustained winds are near 110 MPH with higher gusts. More information about Hurricane Bud from the NHC can be found at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac. Proteccion Civil, the Mexican agency in charge of emergency preparedness, is also monitoring the storm and more information can be found at their websites: http://proteccioncivil.jalisco.gob.mx/index.html (Jalisco), http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx/en/ProteccionCivil/Colima1 (Colima), and http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx/es/ProteccionCivil/Nayarit2 (Nayarit). The U.S. Consulate General will continue to monitor Hurricane Bud and will issue updated messages as necessary. U.S. citizens are urged to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions from local authorities. U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents at all times (i.e. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in safe, waterproof locations. We also suggest that U.S. citizens contact friends and family in the United States with updates about their whereabouts. Information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found on our “Hurricane Season-Know Before You Go” webpage, and on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Updated information on travel in Mexico may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Please continue to monitor the Consulate General’s website (http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov) for updated information. Please consult the Country Specific Information for Mexico, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta is located at Paseo de los Cocoteros #85; Sur Paradise Plaza, Interior Local L-7, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, C.P. 63732. The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta’s telephone numbers are 011 52 322 222 0069 & 011 52 322 223 3301; the fax number is 011 52 322 223 0074. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara is located at 175 Progreso Street, Col. Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara’s telephone number is 011 52 33 3268 2100; the fax number is 011 52 33 3825 1951. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145. END OF TEXT. U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara 175 Progreso Street; Col. Americana Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 011 52 33 3268 2100 http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov/ The Consulate office hours are Monday through Friday from 08:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. (except for Mexican and U.S. holidays).
  3. United States Consulate General Guadalajara PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO AS MANY AMERICAN CITIZENS AS POSSIBLE Message for U.S. Citizens: Safety Practices & Situational Awareness Date: May 18, 2012 BEGIN TEXT. The following basic security tips are being repeated as a reminder: Situational Awareness: Always be on the look-out for any suspicious or violent activity occurring near your home, your vehicle, and your family. If any suspicious or violent activity is observed, please move away from the threat and report specific information immediately to local police. Take cover and/or evasive action- if you hear or see weapons, grenades, explosions, etc., at anytime, immediately get down on the ground behind solid cover or drive away quickly if you are in your vehicle. Do not/not attempt moving closer to the action to see what is happening. Once you can safely move away from the incident, proceed as quickly as possible with evasive action to remove yourself from the scene. Drive Defensively- In addition to the threat from organized criminals, road rage can also lead to a deadly incident. Remember to drive defensively and avoid provoking other drivers regardless of any erratic driving near your vehicle. Keep your distance and be a courteous driver to avoid any potential for conflict. Driving- Use the cuotas and avoid intercity driving after dark. Road signage is often inadequate. Uncontrolled intersections abound and motorists fail to yield even where traffic controls are in place. Thus, drivers should drive defensively (look for and expect cross traffic). Around town, always drive with the windows rolled up and doors locked, and when stopped in traffic, leave room to maneuver. When Parking- Avoid leaving your vehicle on the street. Park inside a residential compound, in a parking lot with an attendant, or within continuous view of the location of your visit. If this is not possible, leave your car at home and take a taxi. When parking within a shopping facility lot, park as close as possible to the store entrance, and away from dumpsters, bushes or large vehicles. Lock the doors, close the windows and conceal boxes, shopping bags and personal items in the trunk or out of sight. Be Unpredictable- vary your times and routes of travel to and from work, daily/weekly errands (i.e. grocery shopping), and regularly scheduled social/personal events. Keep a Low Profile- Do not wear valuable jewelry, watches (i.e. Rolex), gold, silver, diamonds, etc. in public. Do not carry expensive electronic items in public such as I-pods, laptop computers, etc. When transport of a laptop computer is deemed absolutely necessary, lock the laptop computer in the trunk of your vehicle between points of travel and do not leave the laptop computer (or any other valuable items) unattended in any vehicle at anytime. IF YOU ARE A VICTIM: Don’t resist an armed criminal demanding your valuables. Remain calm and avoid any fast, furtive movements. Statistics show that most attempts to resist an armed robber result in serious bodily injury and/or death of the victim. Be a good witness. Record a suspect’s description, license plate number, vehicle info, etc. Please continue to monitor the regularly updated State Department travel warnings and information for Mexico using the following link: http://travel.state.gov - - - The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara is located at 175 Progreso Street, Col. Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara’s telephone number is 011 52 33 3268 2100; the fax number is 011 52 33 3825 1951. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145. The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta is located at Paseo de los Cocoteros #85; Sur Paradise Plaza, Interior Local L-7, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, C.P. 63732. The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta’s telephone numbers are 011 52 322 222 0069 & 011 52 322 223 3301; the fax number is 011 52 322 223 0074. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145. END OF TEXT. U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov/ The Consulate office hours are Monday through Friday from 08:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. (except for Mexican and U.S. holidays).
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  6. Message body Surprised there has been no conversation here about the new Visa classifications that expect to be implemented in the next few months. Lots of conversation and speculation on other boards. Also the auto permit changes (you pay the fee upfront) ---------------- Instead of the old ¡°Inmigrante¡± & ¡°No Inmigrante¡± (FM¡¯2 & FM3¡äs), there are 4 new categories: ¡°Visitante¡°: 6 Types: Non-Working Visitors (tourist), Working Visitors, and Visitors for Adoptions, Humanitarian, etc. 180 day limit. See Chapter 2, Article 52, Items I ¨C VI of the Law for descriptions of all 6 types. ¡°Residente Temporal¡°: Covers the old ¡°No Inmigrante¡± (old FM3) , 4 year limit per visa, Work Permit possible, Leave and Re-enter as many times as desired. This also seems to include the old ¡°Inmigrante¡± FM2 ¡°Rentistas¡± *** See Chapter 2, Article 52, Item VII ¡°Residente Temporal Estudiante¡°: Covers Student Studies, Research, Training, including working on university degrees. See Chapter 2, Article 52, Item VIII ¡°Residente Permanente¡°: Several types: Covers the old ¡°Inmigrado¡± and a few special ¡°No Inmigrantes¡± (the old FM3s for asylum seekers & refugees ), and it appears to cover working ¡°Inmigrantes¡±**. It allows indefinite stays, no need to renew, and includes the right to work. See Chapter 2, Article 52, Item IX and Transitorios, Sexto, I ¨C VI http://yucalandia.wordpress.com/living-in-yucatan-mexico/new-immigration-law-published-for-mexico-the-article/ sparks http://sparks-mexico.com/
  7. Thank you for the great information.

    We will all have to wait and see how much or

    more paperwork to process.

    Tiene Buena Dia

    Greg

  8. FVAP 1-800-438-VOTE vote@fvap.gov 1777 North Kent Street Suite #14003 Arlington, VA 22209 Press Release The United States Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) has just released a survey mandated by Congress and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The purpose of the survey is to gather opinions on the Absentee Voting experience of overseas US Citizens. December 07, 2010 (Washington, DC): Are you a U.S. citizen living overseas who is eligible to vote in the federal election process? If so, we need your help! Voting is the right of U.S. citizens everywhere — including those who live outside the country. However, we recognize the challenges faced by citizens abroad who want to exercise this right. With the support of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) would like to know about these challenges so we can take the necessary steps to make voting easier for all U.S. citizens. Before we can improve the process though, we need to know about your voting experiences. With the recent 2010 Federal election behind us, there isn't a better time to ask about these experiences. FVAP, the DoD organization responsible for overseas and absentee voting assistance for U.S. citizens, has released a survey to help you provide this information. The data collected from this survey is mandated by Congress and will be reviewed to help us identify what is working and what we can improve. To access the survey, please click on the link below and you will be taken to a Welcome screen that provides information about the survey. http://www.drcsurveys.com/PEV2/News/ Again, the survey has been sponsored by FVAP in accordance with DoD Instruction 8910.01, and has been approved by OMB. Please visit the FVAP Website at http://www.fvap.gov for more information or to verify the validity of the survey. The survey does not require you to provide any personally identifiable information, such as your name, date of birth, or social security number, and all results will be kept confidential and not shared with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and any other government and/or private organization. Thank you for taking our survey and helping us make the election process for those U.S. citizens living abroad more effective. We look forward to seeing the results, sharing them with you, and working to improve your overseas voting experience.
  9. United States Consulate General Guadalajara PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO AS MANY AMERICAN CITIZENS AS POSSIBLE SUBJECT: WARDEN MESSAGE - SECURITY UPDATE Date: November 19, 2010 BEGIN TEXT. Due to a variety of security incidents in various parts of the consular district, the U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara urges U.S. citizen residents and visitors to remain vigilant and makes the following security recommendations: 1. Avoid all unnecessary travel to Colotlan, Jalisco near the Zacatecas border because of an increasingly volatile security situation, including roadblocks during daylight hours by individuals posing as police and/or military. The Consulate General has previously advised against unnecessary travel to Yahualica, Jalisco. 2. Use extreme caution when traveling near the borders between Jalisco and the states of Zacatecas and Michoacán. 3. Driving between cities should be undertaken only during daylight hours. Extra caution should be exercised on the road between Guadalajara and Mazamitla, Jalisco, where an increasing number of security incidents have been reported. 4. Avoid all unnecessary travel to the city of Tepic, Nayarit. Exercise extreme caution on the non-toll portion of the Route 15 bypass around Tepic. The Consulate General emphasizes that there are currently no specific security advisories for the Guadalajara metropolitan area, including the Lake Chapala/Ajijic area, nor for the coastal resort areas of Puerto Vallarta/Riveria Nayarit and Manzanillo, Colima and their surroundings. The Consulate General strongly encourages U.S. residents and travelers to Mexico to refer to the personal safety practices contained in the Travel Warning for Mexico dated September 10, 2010. Security updates are also available on the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City’s website at http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_MexicoSecurityUpdate.html. For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara is located at 175 Progreso Street; Col. Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara’s telephone number is 011-52-333-268-2100; the fax number is 011-52-333-825-1951. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011-52-333-268-2145. The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta is located at: Paseo de los Cocoteros No.85 Sur Paradise Plaza Interior Local L-7 Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit C.P. 63732 The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta’s telephone numbers are 011-52-322-222-0069 & 011-52-322-223-3301; the fax number is 011-52-322-223-0074. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011-52-333-268-2145. END OF TEXT. U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara 175 Progreso Street; Col. Americana Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 011-52-333-268-2100 http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov/ The Consulate office hours are Monday through Friday from 08:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. (except from Mexican and U.S. holidays). SBU This email is UNCLASSIFIED.