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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 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!

  3. 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!

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  4. 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.




  5. 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!



  6. Because I was unable to find a rental in the Chapala area, I am currently 'commuting' from Guadalajara to San Antonio to visit my aunt in her nursing home. It takes 4 hours round trip and I still have to take Uber to get to the Old Bus Terminal from where I'm staying.

    Does anyone know if the direct bus from Guadalajara to Chapala stops at Plaza del Sol or anywhere else in Guadalajara? Plaza del Sol  would be so much closer. I could walk there in less than an hour and save money.

    Thanks SO MUCH for any advice you can give!



  7. I did not have time to get my aunt's documents in order prior to her departure, so I cannot get the temporal for her. I applied myself because I am finishing up all the business here in the US before I leave. I will meet her at my brother's in Mexico City and then we drive to Chapala. She is set to move into the assisted living place on Dec. 1. I do not want to have to take her out of the country again in less than 6 months after having moved her around so much.

    How would I go about helping her to get a humanitarian visa in Chapala?

    Thanks so much for this incredibly useful information, Sonia!


  8. Wow, what a minefield.

    I received my temporal visa in my passport today at the Mexican Consulate here in Albuquerque. It was not as hard as I expected but I realize that is only the first step. 

    Would it be easier to go to the INM office in Guadalajara or in Chapala - I will probably be settling in the Chapala area but I just wondered, since both are in Jalisco, which is likely to be less of a hassle? I know that in either case, this has to be done within 30 days of my entry to Mexico on Nov. 21. Does anyone know?

    Many thanks!



  9. Wow, thanks to all of you for this discussion. I still feel really confused but that's not unusual and I'm in the process of this huge move for myself and my elderly aunt.

    I will use Skype and Whatsapp for my US calls. I just want to be able to make local calls in Mexico, have access to the internet (and of course Wifi whenever possible) and local texting.

    I have an Iphone 5s. I don't find it to be that excellent. Does it matter whether you have an IPhone or an android in terms of how easy it is to getting them sorted out when things go wrong in Mexico?

    From what I've read so far, it sounds as if AT and T might be the best option but perhaps I've misunderstood. 

    Anyway, it sounds as if it is best to wait until you are in Mexico to make any changes.

    Scary to feel disconnected even for a few minutes, let alone days!

    Thanks again for your insights and experiences.







  10. It looks as if my friend has learned that she is not allowed to have pets in the house she has rented, so I am in a bit of a bind now as I was counting on sharing with her through March.

    Honestly, I would settle for a small room as long as my cat could come. I am crazy for my cat but I am not a crazy lady.

    If you know of anyone who would be willing to rent a room to a quiet, easy-going older woman, I would be willing to pay up to $350 a month for December, January and March. Hopefully in March or April things will begin to ease up a bit on the long term rentals.

    I am a retired ESL/EFL teacher and also taught high school English for many years. I can tutor, I can clean, I can babysit,  I can take dogs for walks, I can housesit. I am happy to provide references that attest to my competency and reliability.

    Any suggestions will be very much appreciated!




  11. Am I replying correctly? I seem to be circling back to myself. Well, if you got this message, Xena, then I guess something is working.

    First of all, this web board is amazing. How generous of everyone to be supportive, even of a newbie like me! It really gives me a good feeling about moving to the area.

    Do you have any suggestions for finding out about rentals from local landlords prior to arriving in Aijic? If not, what is the best approach

    once one arrives. I have a place to stay through February.

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