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  1. So many people have it, labs reporting all test positive, spreading very fast. Everyone will get it sooner than later and some maybe twice or 3 times, if you are overweight, older, smoke, drink, poor nutrition or plain bad genes then you may have more life threatening consequences than others. This is not going away and things are looking bleak for the next few months as ,many, many people report no beds at hospitals, medicine and oxygen hard to get.
  2. One needs to do it right to be able to print proof, even notaries dont do it right as dong it right you can print proof which you will need later
  3. No cards as we try to keep prices low and dont want to take the credit card fees and need cash to pay immigration with cash and not wait for credit card funds to clear. There are 5 ATMs within 1 block
  4. I updated the figures for 2021 https://www.chapalalaw.com/immigration-2/ ****2020 UPDATE. While a Federal Decree has made governmental agencies use the UMA index (Unidad de Medida y Actualización) which is 89.62 for 2021, many consulates are still using minimum wage which for 2021 is 141.70. We hope the consulates will change and use the UMA index as more people can qualify using the UMA index. ****2021 COVID UPDATE. Many consulates are limiting, restricting or not visa and other services for foreigners and nationals and some have canceled appointments made. ****Canadians have had trouble driving crossing the USA and people will need to present negative COVID tests within 3 days to board airplanes for some countries and the list is increasing. VISA REQUIREMENTS AT MEXICAN CONSULATES OUTSIDE MEXICO: To qualify for the temporary visa they must show a monthly income of 300 times the minimum wage (for 2021 it is 141.70 pesos) or 42,510 pesos or $2,160 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.68 to 1 (using January 19, 2021 exchange rate). This must be documented with 6 months bank statements. People who have liquid assets may qualify showing that they have maintained an average balance of 5,000 times the minimum wage (for 2021 it is 141.70 pesos) or 708,500 pesos or $36,000 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.68 to 1 (using January 19, 2021 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. ****2021 LAREDO / TEXAS BORDER CROSSING UPDATE: The State of Tamaulipas has placed restrictions on vehicle travel and there are days of the week when you may not be on the roads. The January 15, 2021 decree states plates with the last number in them as follows may not be on the roads 0 – 1 Monday, 2 – 3 Tuesday, 4 – 5 Wednesday, 6 – 7 Thursday, 8 – 9 Friday. Foreign plated vehicles also may not be on the roads Saturday with numbers 0 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 and Sunday with numbers 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9. Please keep this in mind when entering Mexico. To qualify for the permanent visa they must show a monthly income of 500 times the minimum wage (for 2021 it is 141.70 pesos) or $70,850 pesos or $3,600 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.68 to 1 (using January 19, 2021 exchange rate). This must be documented with 6 months bank statements. People who have liquid assets may qualify showing that they have maintained an average balance of 20,000 times the minimum wage (for 2021 it is 141.70 pesos) or 2,834,000 pesos or $144,000 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.68 to 1 (using January 19, 2021 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. It has been reported to us that in the past there was no minimum age limit on people applying for permanent visas but now many have reported that consulates are asking to see pension or retirement income in order to apply for the permanent visa or they are not giving them to people who are under 50 or 60 years old if at all. Shop around as consulates have different internal guidelines and if you are in this situation it pays to make some calls. ***While the above is per the law, many consulates set a general amount which can be a bit higher or lower so as to not have to recalculate the amounts needed daily / weekly / monthly. You can apply for visas for your spouse (same sex couples included) and children at the consulate at the same time or we can do it when you are here in Mexico once the primary applicant has their visa. Remember that in order to do this we will need birth / marriage certificates and apostilles (legalized copies for those from Canada or non Hague Convention countries). Some consulates will require the sponsoring spouse to show an extra 25% of income / assets for a family visa, this is not required inside Mexico (except for consulate family visas). Please be advised that the consulates might have their own special rules. Processing time varies from a few hours to a few days on average. We can consult with you prior to your trip to the consulate and then prepare you for finishing the process here in Mexico as well as advise you how to properly fill out the FMM form upon arrival so that there will be no processing delays. Clients have reported that the consulates in Laredo, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona are some of the easier ones to deal with some only requiring US$1,600-1,800 per month to get temporary when they went last year, we have not heard if they will be as generous this year. While the law says you must give 6 or 12 months bank statements, many consulates only ask for 3 to 6 months. Laredo and other consulates require an appointment be made online prior to going, we can help you make your appointment and go over documentation requirements so you do not have to make two trips. We can make your appointment for your visa at the following consulates for a small fee: (List subject to change with many consulates canceling or adding visas services) United States Laredo, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Washington, DC; Boston, Massachusetts, among others Canada Calgary South America Quito, Ecuador; Bogota, Colombia, Europe London, England; Paris, France; Madrid, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; Rome, Italy; Milan, Italy Asia Beijing, China; Hong Kong, China; Tokyo, Japan; New Delhi, India VISA REQUIREMENTS AT THE NATIONAL IMMIGRATION INSTITUTE INSIDE MEXICO: ****2021 NOTE. Immigration offices have not all gone to the UMA index for calculating income, a few offices still erroneously use the minimum wage index so we are leaving it here so you know where you stand if your local office applies income calculations as such. To qualify for the temporary visa they must show a monthly income of 400 times the minimum wage / UMA (for 2021 it is 141.70 / 89.62 pesos) or $56,680 / $35,848 pesos or $2,880 / $1,821 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.68 to 1 (using January 19, 2021 exchange rate). This must be documented with 6 months bank statements. People who have liquid assets may qualify showing that they have maintained an average balance of 20,000 times the minimum wage / UMA (for 2021 it is 141.70 pesos) or 2,834,000 / 1,792,400 pesos or $144,000 / 91,077 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.68 to 1 (using January 19, 2021 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. This is most commonly applied to those who renew late and have to prove income again. ***This requalification only applies to those who let their visas expire and only then they have 60 days to do a regularization. For regularizations you will pay a fine of 20-40 days UMA or from $1,790 – $3,584 pesos. ****2021 COVID LATE RENEWAL UPDATE. Please be aware that there are federal decrees to freeze expiration dates on documents. These started last April, 2020 so if you enter the country properly or even were here and present your renewal property invoking the federal decrees you will not be late and not pay any fines. We are not sure how much longer this will last but it appears as as of this publication until at least February 2021. To qualify for the permanent visa they must show a monthly income of 500 times the minimum wage / UMA (for 2021 it is 141.70 pesos / 89.62 pesos) or $70,850 / $44,810 pesos or $3,600 / $2,276 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.68 to 1 (using January 19, 2021 exchange rate). This must be documented with 6 months bank statements. People who have liquid assets may qualify showing that they have maintained an average balance of 25,000 times the minimum wage / UMA (for 2021 it is 141.70 pesos / 89.62 pesos) or 3,542,500 / $2,240,500 pesos or $180,000 / $113,846 US dollars using an exchange rate of 19.68 to 1 (using January 19, 2021 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. Immigration has been applying a rule the past few years that in order to change from temporary to a permanent visa that you must show that you receive a pension or retirement income, even $1.00. This has effectively stopped many people from “jumping ahead” if they only have savings and do not receive any pension or retirement income, in these cases people must complete all 4 years as a temporary before going to permanent if for only financial reasons (not family related). You can apply for visas for your spouse (same sex couples included) and children at the consulate at the same time or we can do it when you are here in Mexico once the primary applicant has their visa. Remember that in order to do this we will need birth / marriage certificates and apostilles (legalized copies for those from Canada or non Hague Convention countries). *2016 Note – Immigration has changed their position during the past year and now will deny renewals for temporary visas for people who entered Mexico with permission to work for a company and then change to be self employed. They are alleging that the same entry conditions do not exist. We feel this is a violation of the 5th Article of the Mexican Constitution as well as Human Rights so please plan accordingly if you are inside Mexico and wish to switch jobs. People who find themselves within Mexico and due to health reasons cannot travel can get humanitarian visas if a doctor from a government clinic prepares a letter describing their situation and that they are unable to travel. Old age, forgetting to return, or having a junker car that will not make it to the border are not valid reasons. In 2020 Immigration offered tourist visa extensions all over, in 2021 few if any offices offer them. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara would like to inform the U.S. citizen community that American citizens who need to renew or add pages to their passports, do notarials or report a lost/stolen passport can meet with American Consulate staff to submit applications or to notarize documents during the staff’s monthly visit to the Lake Chapala Society and the American Legion Post 7. While the visits often fall on the first or second Wednesday of every month, not all do. The proposed dates for 2021 ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE AND ALL PASSPORT ISSUES MUST BE DONE AT CONSULATE WITH PRIOR APPOINTMENT. There is a pilot program at LCS to drop off passport renewals but it has been sporadic. Next date set at LCS is Saturday, February 6, 2021. January 2021 note. PLEASE POINT OUT ANY ERRORS OR CORRECTIONS
  5. Maybe seniors can get fake IDs to say they are 58, like in college you got a fake ID to buy alcohol, similar but now its for rubbing alcohol and meds and food
  6. Supermarkets are denying entry to people over 60. Looks like they need to try and get a fake ID saying they are 58. How they will eat will be hard. Why don't they just ban fat people from grocery stores? It is obvious they don't need food and aren't protected under the constitution. I will kick the hornets nest for you guys
  7. Markets may be open BUT there must be 3 meters between the front of each stand per state rules
  8. My office charges 800 pesos total if you email us VIN and plate numbers
  9. Machines take 500 pesos note, even if there is no change, instead of paying your exact amount put $500 pesos increments of credit towards your account, no change needed and less to pay next month and no change issues
  10. Panic Button Facts – January 15, 2021 Early rumors and news sources cites pending closures and restrictions for businesses and public life. News outlets published WITHOUT reading the actual published decree. The Official Decree publication can be found here for any of you that speak Spanish https://periodicooficial.jalisco.gob.mx/sites/periodicooficial.jalisco.gob.mx/files/01-15-21-bis.pdf I will summarize here the salient points of which have been misrepresented today or were changed from earlier reports so everybody knows what the law requires of them. This applies to the State of Jalisco but many municipalities may enact their own restrictions, Chapala, for example has done just that today. The restrictions are as follows: Commercial establishments (those not ordered closed) shall have a maximum density of people of no more than one person per 4 square meters in closed areas and one person per 2 square meters in open areas with a maximum capacity of 50% of their capacity. All businesses must: 1) Deny access and not attend to anyone without a face mask 2) Only allow access to one person per family and not allow access to people under 15 nor older than 60. 3) Restrict parking space to no more than 25% of its capacity 4) Install sanitary filters at all pedestrian access points and interior parking lot access 5) If the maximum capacity is reached, clients shall wait outside in lines that have 1.5 meters between each person Restaurants and Cafes may operate until 10pm. Then it is only home delivery. Maximum 6 people per table. Hotels and motels only up to 50% capacity, no common areas or group activities or parties. Permanent closures of the following businesses: Movie theaters, theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums, as well as cultural and recreational events, bars, casinos, cantinas, nightclubs, gyms, sports clubs and private sports facilities. Government, corporate and professional service offices should prioritize working from home when condition permit. Religious activities: No religious masses or ceremonies. Churches open for individual visits but only up to 50% of their capacity or up to 50 people. No singing or chanting Schools: Classes in public and private schools suspended for all educational levels. Daycare allowed under approved protocols. Activities in public spaces: Prohibited to use public spaces such as sports areas, plazas, municipal gardens, community centers and the like. Via Recreativa suspended and beaches only can be used 5am to 3pm. All parties and meetings suspended, prohibited to have public concerts, parties, fairs or festivals in the street, parties in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, event halls and event places. No fireworks or bonfires and no equestrian events. Measures valid until January 31, 2021 and are subject to being extended if necessary. Sanitary checkpoints to be done at airports, ports, bus stations and highways to adjoining states. This seems really watered down from the doom and gloom news reports this afternoon. Still it seems like something is missing. Really there is, they published decrees 2, 3 and 4. Where is number 1? Also I thought, crap, my clientele, retirees cannot be let into my law firm, but then saw that they forgot to differentiate for essential services and if they cannot come into my office neither can the go to the supermarket, banks, clinics, laboratories or hospitals.
  11. I disagree, there still are COVID exemptions, there is a federal freeze on expiration dates still in effect, this ONLY applies to temporary and permanent residents as well as consular visas which were requested and approved within Mexico for a person outside Mexico, as of last week I had clients enter late and not have to use the 55 day because the federal suspension was still honored. We have also invoked it so hat clients would not be fined if they notified immigration about a change of address / marital status after the 90 day period.
  12. Intercam will accept the checks but hold them for like 6 months. ORoarke accepted a clients check today.
  13. I spoke to Multiva for a client today and the issue many have is that Multiva will cash the checks within 60 days of issuance but many have just received checks dated July 31 or September 4.
  14. Clients are getting checks with check and status dates July 31 up to September 4, 2020. Mailed from Kansas City.
  15. I have two offices, one in Guadalajara for my Chapala clients and one in Chapala for my Guadalajara clients. Beat that!
  16. My office will fax ballots for free while you wait and give you confirmation or give you free US stamps to be able to mail.
  17. Yes illegal for hospitals to do that and some retain documents, people will do illegal things unless challenged and with an overburdened and underfunded legal system with a 1% conviction rate for reported crimes many with low moral standards will take their chances.
  18. Ask them to pay and not collect from you nor make you sign any promissory notes if they are so sure about things. You have been warned
  19. No exemptions due to primary residence and you can raise your basis if you did improvements either using a factura or tax improvement appraisal. Selling as a national or resident avoids the nasty 25% withholding of the sales price. There is a calculator program that will calculate the estimated tax payment for residents who then are required to file a tax return.
  20. They withhold on the principal amount, not off of any earnings so it is possible to lose money
  21. Hikvision area easy, just connect monitor and use mouse to navigate through system
  22. They are respecting expired visas as there is a freeze in place but here they will only respect it if it happened after the first freeze was declared April 1, 2020, if before it could be difficult, depending on the circumstances, i.e. are you trying to use the expired out of country 55 day rule and when did the 55 days end, etc.
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