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  1. I discovered to my horror that I was 4 days late for renewing my temporary resident Visa. I rushed to immigration in Chapala and was told that all I could do was either return to the US A and start all over again or go through a very lengthy paper process in Mexico. The woman at immigration suggested I go back to the States as it would be easier. I really cannot go back to the States for a number of personal reasons, including that someone I care about very much really needs my help right now. I have read through all of the information on this topic and cannot locate an answer to the following questions: Has anyone been through this situation recently and, if so, how did you resolve it? Is working with a lawyer to get one's Visa back on track expensive? If so how expensive? If one goes for the return to the United States option, how long would it take at a local consulate to file for a resolution of this problem? What is the punishment if a person is caught with an expired Visa? Does this lead to deportation, incarceration, a fine, and or the inability to leave Mexico and then return at some point in the future? Before I see a lawyer for help, I want to be as informed as possible Thanks for any information you can provide.
  2. I just heaved a sigh so deep that you may have heard it above the general din. Thanks, Angus!
  3. I have now heard that you have to file for securidad popular within a certain period after you get your temporal. Say it isn’t so!!! Thanks for this eye opening and nerve shattering exchange!
  4. I have a visa temporal which Spencer helped me to get. I assume I am ok for seguridad popular. Thanks.
  5. Yikes, I am directionally challenged. Sorry!
  6. Thanks for your responses. What does CURP stand for/mean? Thanks!
  7. I am very close to signing a one year lease for a very nice, new apartment in Riberas. It is in the lower part, just south of San Antonio (east/west) and near Santa Monica (north/south). Does anyone have a sense of what the flooding will be like there when the rains fall? The neighborhood looks lovely and seems quiet, so that is my only concern. Thanks!
  8. So sorry to hear about these unpleasant experiences. I wonder if the office in San Antonio or San Antonio would be less stressful. I was told that since you cannot get a passport without a birth certificate, that document is no longer required. Does anyone know if that is the case? I’m not sure I would be able to get a copy of mine very easily from here. Thanks to everyone for your help!
  9. Thank you so much you are always such a wealth of information and so generous with your knowledge. I know there is an office in San Antonio Will they require my Birth certificate? Talk about an Ancient document!
  10. Can a foreigner with her first temporary resident status card still apply for seguridad popular? There seem to be two schools of thought about this. What is the current list of required documents you must present. Thank you!
  11. I am delighted to have found an apartment in Aijic with a large garden where my cat can roam. It is completely enclosed but the front entrance (for vehicles) has a metal gate which my cat could crawl through or under. Also, the tiny balcony in my apartment needs to be partially enclosed so that he does not decide to try any new tricks that could end very badly. Where In Lakeside could I purchase mesh fencing to keep my cat safe? And yes, he was an indoor cat and yes, he has a big belly.
  12. I admit I thought this was a joke but what a brilliant idea! I am glad they are working on this project and hope that it goes on the market not only for those who need it now but also for those of us who will undoubtedly be struggling to keep safe on those cobblestones as we age.
  13. Does anyone know when the stores close in Guadalajara and Chapala on December 24th? Will all stores be closed Christmas Day? And what is the name of that store in Aijic, I think it is on the carretera, that sells delicacies and imported specialties? Muchas gracias!!
  14. RV Gringo, thanks for those addresses. Very helpful. I have another question, There is apparently another bus that goes to Jocotepec and then on to Aijic.I imagine it also starts at the Old Bus Station but was told it stops in La Calma, Zapopam, Guadalajara or Plaza del Sol. This would make life SO much easier as it costs a fortune to get to the Old Station from where I am staying in Las Fuentes in Guadalajara. Is anyone familiar with this route and whether it allows passengers to get on while still in Guadalajara? Many thanks!
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