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  1. Have never used GDL before, and have two questions regarding the INM (immigration) office/desk at Guadalajara airport. My wife and I are Residente Permanente and need to get stamped FMM forms before departure. Two quesitons: 1) Where is the INM office/desk located? 2) Is open 24 hrs? We have a 6:30 flight so we will be arriving by 4:30 am and wondering if we are going to have any difficulties getting our exit FMM forms. Thanks,
  2. Sample for Canje (Visa from consulate you swap for card in Mexico) The yellow is where they should fill in the box for Canje and give you 30 days
  3. I am working on gathering statistical information and made a request to immigration to get information on how many total immigration files they work on per year at the local Chapala office and of that number how many are for Americans, here are the results: Year / Total / Americans 2012 / 5,634 / 3,498 (62.1%) 2013 / 5,147 / 3,214 (62.4%) 2014 / 2,775 / 1,779 (64.1%) 2015 / 2,428 / 1,631 (67.2%) 2016 / 2,250 / 1,534 (68.2%) 2016 Resident Data (Cards issued in all Jalisco, not just Chapala) Residentes Temporales: 7,962 Residentes Permanentes: 2,897 Also have been gathering death information, not all local municipalities are in but here are the stats for American and Canadian deaths annually in the municipality of Chapala Deaths Year / Americans / Canadians / Other foreigner 2010 / 48 / 7 / 2 2011 / 66 / 16 / 4 2012 / 65 / 17 / 4 2013 / 68 / 22 / 6 2014 / 71 / 19 / 7 2015 / 64 / 18 / 6 2016 / 84 / 30 / 8 In other foreigners mentioned for Chapala, England comes in first place with at least one citizen dying each year and Germany with one death annually except 2010 and 2011
  4. Regularization (Amnesty) Program for people illegally in Mexico for 2017 On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 the amnesty program of 2015 will be brought back for the year 2017 and will apply from January 9, 2017 until December 19, 2017. The first publication about the program was made in the Daily Federal Register on January 12, 2015 and lasted until December 18, 2015. We saw how the National Immigration Institute applied the prior amnesty law so we now know their slight nuances as compared to the text of the law published. This program mentions nothing about paying fines nor having to show income to qualify. Here is the 2017 publication in plain English ASSUMPTIONS (Art. 2) The present program applies to foreigners who entered Mexico before January 9, 2015 and on January 09, 2017 find themselves living in the country with an irregular immigration status. The aforementioned is when the foreigner does not fall into one of the following situations: -Have a pending immigration request except those expressly canceled in order to participate in this program. -Are in the process of an assisted return procedure or deportation -Given false information or false documents to Immigration or authentic documents obtained fraudulently. -People deported with reentry restrictions -People with pending criminal charges or a criminal record -People who compromise national security due to past criminal records -People subject to express prohibitions dictated by a competent authority -Having not complied with a deportation order during the program period -Having been illegally in the country after January 9, 2017. -Anything else covered by the Immigration law and its regulations. In the cases of V and VI the authority will weigh the corresponding resolution attending to the principles of social redapatation as well as those relative to family reunification. REQUIREMENTS (Art. 3) Foreigners requesting their regularization per this program need to present the following in original and copy: Immigration request form Request letter stating desire to participate in program and explaining how they became illegally in the country. Passport Immigration document (in the event the person had one) One of the following documents that proves their residence in the country prior to January 9, 2015: -Airline tickets -Passport with entry stamp -Immigration document (in case the person was regular in Mexico) -Utility bills (light, water, phone, internet, TV, gas or any other utility) -Medical file, school records or rental contracts -Any other document issued by a public agency that shows the requestor has resided in Mexico or -Declaration signed by two people who know the person and state they have lived in the country -for the time required. The documents can be in the name of the person or their children, partner or spousal figure. Documents that prove their current residence (light, water, phone, internet, TV, gas or any other utility). Payment of regularization fees (fees can be waived in certain situations) Copies of ID of people authorized to present papers. PROCEDURE (Art. 4) The procedure for the person requesting the regularization of their immigration status is the following: Present documents at Immigration as mentioned prior where they will have a hearing on the spot or set the date for a future hearing. The future date shall not be more than 10 business days after the papers are turned in. They will make a written record of the hearing and go over all the paperwork presented. Immigration then has 30 days to give a response. If the response is positive then they shall issue a temporary resident document good for four years. Once the person has the document they may request work permission as well as documents for family members. For the issuance of the document the person will need the original positive resolution and a copy, 2 copies of the format basico, 3 photos, payment of fees. Immigration may not arrest anybody who applies for the program due to their irregular status.
  5. Owe back child support? You will not be able to leave Mexico! Today in the Official Federal Register (DOF) Mexico published amendments to article 48 of the Federal Immigration Law adding an additional section VI. http://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5433963&fecha=21/04/2016 Article 48 states that "The exit of Mexicans and foreigners from the national territory may be freely done except in the following cases:" The newly added section VI states: "People that owe child support and who have not complied with their obligations imposed under civil legislation in the area of support for a period greater than sixty days, with prior request from the competent judicial authority, without prejudice to any exceptions under applicable civil law, as well as any conduct considered criminal under corresponding criminal laws. For the effects of this section and for foreigners, the Institute (Immigration) will define the immigration situation and make a determination based upon that which is established in those laws and the regulations of this one." With the United States not renewing and confiscating passports of those who are in arrears in child support there are people who cannot leave the US. Now Mexico will be retaining foreigners as well as nationals who are in arrears. They are getting you coming and going, literally! There may be valid constitutional challenges to this new amendment to the law as under international treaties and the Mexican Constitution there is the right to travel and there have already been cases thrown out where someone's right to travel was restricted under an order keeping them in the country under "arraigo" which has to deal with criminal proceedings. The best practice is obviously to comply and if you have a change in your circumstances and pay support you need to file a motion to reduce support accordingly. Also remember that the money is for the child.
  6. Need to renew, possibly change immigration status. Have dealt with 2 individiuals in past & had issues. First one was outright dishonest, pulled a scam to extract extra $, saying Aduana claimed I was lacking something (that I couldn't possibly have gotten into the country without!) & would have to pay for it again or wouldn't get processed. Unfortunately, she played the exact same scam on me 2 years running, so was fired. Then went to another, but very difficult to get a straight answer, lots of stalls, runaround, very vague replies that come too late or not at all- incredibly frustrating! Who can be recommended that is good, honest, reliable, communicates to clients (preferably in good English), gets things done on time without problems and knows the immigration laws & how to interpret them? I will be back shortly and need to book now.
  7. What Happens During An Immigration Inspection of a Business? There is a knock at the door and a white van outside and 3 to 5 uniformed immigration agents. What do you do? Why are they here at my business? Usually there are a number of reasons for which immigration will do a verification inspection at a business such as: When an employer / company requests to hire a foreigner When a employer / company has foreign workers When a employer / company files employer registration documents with immigration or updates them When a complaint is made to immigration about a employer / company. Immigration will inspect the employer facilities and fill out a report that focuses on the following points: 1) The characteristics of the property where the business is located (Type of facade, how many stories, type of gate, reference points on either side and in front). 2) Note the type of property use. (Residential home, business, offices, company, laboratory, warehouse, restaurant, residential property used as offices, others.) 3) Number of people that are physically present at the time of the verification inspection, as well as their name, nationality and official identification document being: IFE or passport (Mexicans) or immigration document (foreigners) , in the vent of the latter they will want to attach a copy of the document or reference number. 4) Request a list of Mexican and foreign workers at the company or workplace, proving the labor relationship and where proper requesting proof of payment of IMSS employer contributions. 5) Confirm if the employer / company has other duly registered branches or other offices where foreigners are working, attaching a utility bill for each location. 6) Ask the reason for why the employer / company requested to be registered with immigration, when proper listing the name, nationality and position of the person they are looking to hire as well as show that they have the knowledge and skills to work in the area. 7) Ask the owner of the business if they have ever requested a work visa for a foreigner. Many times people wonder if a person can be working at a business while their work authorization is in process and the answer is that foreigner should only be working after they have received their work authorization and not before as both the employer and employee risk sanctions if they are caught. It is best to comply with the law and not have problems. One issue we have seen is people working from their homes. If immigration comes for an inspection and you are not home, they will find a neighbor to ask and if the neighbors say that it is a residence and that there is no business there then immigration may deny your papers stating that you didn't tell the truth as their workplace inspection revealed that the place of work listed on your papers was not a real business and making false statements is a reason to deny your application. A good point is to know your neighbors and let them you know you work from home in the event that immigration comes to visit and you are not home.
  8. New Immigration Procedure Changes September, 2015 Many people living here in Mexico have children who were born here in Mexico or who have acquired Mexican nationality due to their spouse being Mexican. Foreigners with Mexican children have the opportunity to jump ahead from tourist status to residente permanente and not have to leave Mexico to do it under the family unity provisions of the immigration law. This is a great deal as they do not need to prove income or assets and they will have the right to work. Up until now immigration authorities were not requiring copy of the identification for a child. The law and regulations have made it a requirement for family unity (for change to temporary due to having a Mexican spouse they would want their Mexican ID) but it was never asked for children until now. What does this mean? They stated to us today at the Federal Delegation in Guadalajara that they would apply the same standards as the SRE does for first time issuance of passports for children. Therefore per the SRE guidelines, for a child to identify themselves, they need to present one of the following items: 1) School Certificate (Certificado Escolar) from elementary school, junior high or high school with a photo stamped with the seal of the public institution or private one with incorporation of the SEP. 2) School Level Certificate for present studies (Constancia del Grado de Estudios) from elementary school, junior high or high school with a photo stamped with the seal of the public institution or private one with incorporation number of the SEP and signature of person who prepared. Valid from 90 days from date of issuance. Day care certificates not accepted. 3) Current school ID (preschool, elementary and junior high) which should have a photo of the minor and stamp with official seal including number of incorporation, signature and position of person issuing. Day care certificates not accepted. 4) Personal Identity Cedula 5) High Security Matricula Consular 6) Naturalization certificate 7) Disabled Person Card from DIF 8) For minors under 7 years old if they do not have any of the prior documents they may present a pediatrician's letter on letterhead that has the name of the minor, pediatricians cedula number, the parents names and how long they have been the family doctor. There should be a photo of the child where the doctor signs over it or puts his stamp on it. The letter is good for 90 days from date of issue. ***We asked if they would accept a US passport as many children have dual nationality. They said yes and we are going back tomorrow to present a US passport. Here is the format for a sample pediatrician letter which may be used for immigration or for your child's first Mexican passport (assuming they were born in Mexico or have Mexican nationality). SECRETARIA DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES Presente El que suscribe, Médico Cirujano Pediatra, Dr. SANTIAGO HERNANDEZ, legalmente autorizado para ejercer mi profesión tal como se desprende de mi Cédula Profesional número 183102 de la cual adjunto al presente una copia simple, hago constar que la menor, Ana Mc Mullen cuya fotografía aparece al margen, es hija de los señores Spencer Mc Mullen y Ana Villanueva, siendo mi paciente desde hace 7 meses y encontrándose al corriente con sus inmunizaciones. Se extiende la presente a petición de los padres de la menor para los fines que convengan. ATENTAMENTE, Guadalajara, Jalisco a 23 de septiembre de 2015 DR. SANTIAGO HERNANDEZ Cédula Profesional número 123456
  9. Last week on Thursday, July 30, 2015 Immigration published changes to their forms that are generated online. The old forms can be used for a limited time (90 calendar days) but it is recommended to use the new forms. The forms that have been changed are for: Renewing your temporary visa within Mexico or changing from temporary to permanent Changing from tourist to temporary or permanent in Mexico Registration of Employers One big change with new forms is many ask about a prior criminal record. http://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5402292&fecha=30/07/2015
  10. http://www.chapalalaw.com/immigration-2/ The Mexican government published changes to the immigration regulations in October, 2014 which lower the financial requirements in order to apply for temporary and permanent visas at Mexican consulates outside Mexico. They still have not changed the rules for applying within Mexico. This will affect people who renew late and need to do a regularization (residente temporal) as well as people who want to change from temporary to permanent before completing four years residency. 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 2015 it is 70.10 pesos) or 21,030 pesos or $1,430 US dollars using an exchange rate of 14.7 to 1 (using December 29, 2014 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 2015 it is 70.10 pesos) or 350,500 pesos or $23,843 US dollars using an exchange rate of 14.7 to 1 (using December 29, 2014 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. To qualify for the permanent visa they must show a monthly income of 500 times the minimum wage (for 2015 it is 70.10 pesos) or 35,050 pesos or $2,384 US dollars using an exchange rate of 14.7 to 1 (using December 29, 2014 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 2015 it is 70.10 pesos) or 1,402,000 pesos or $95,374 US dollars using an exchange rate of 14.7 to 1 (using December 29, 2014 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. You can apply for visas for your spouse (gay 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). 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 Las Vegas, Nevada are some of the easier ones to deal with as Las Vegas only requires US$1,000 per month to get temporary. While the law says you must give 6 or 12 months bank statements, many consulates only ask for 3 to 6 months. DIFFERENT RULES FOR VISAS APPLIED FOR IN COUNTRY AT THE NATIONAL IMMIGRATION INSTITUTE (INAMI) To qualify for the temporary visa they must show a monthly income of 400 times the minimum wage (for 2015 it is 70.10 pesos) or 28,040 pesos or $1,907 US dollars using an exchange rate of 14.7 to 1 (using December 29, 2014 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 2015 it is 70.10 pesos) or 1,402,000 pesos or $95,374 US dollars using an exchange rate of 14.7 to 1 (using December 29, 2014 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements. To qualify for the permanent visa they must show a monthly income of 500 times the minimum wage (for 2015 it is 70.10 pesos) or 35,050 pesos or $2,384 US dollars using an exchange rate of 14.7 to 1 (using December 29, 2014 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 (for 2015 it is 70.10 pesos) or 1,752,000 pesos or $119,217 US dollars using an exchange rate of 14.7 to 1 (using December 29, 2014 exchange rate). This must be documented with 12 months bank statements.
  11. Last month, June 2015, immigration circulated an internal update to their offices with changes to how they would treat renewals for people who have work permits. There was no change in the current immigration law or its regulations. This change was made at the whim of higher-ups in immigration. This change will apply to people who did not originally enter Mexico with an offer of employment work visa and will only apply to those who entered with a regular temporary visa and who later changed to a visa with permission to work. People renewing work visas obtained which were changed from temporary visas will be required to submit bank statements to prove that they either have income from outside Mexico or savings that meet the published Residente Temporal guidelines (400 times minimum wage or 28.040 pesos for income or 20,000 minimum wage or 1,402,000 pesos in assets. This makes no sense as one who is working in Mexico will not have income from another job outside Mexico. Also, the income limits are different for applications within and outside Mexico as outside the limits are less. Which income / asset standard will they apply? What is one qualified at the consulate for a lesser amount and now within the country they need to show a higher amount? To be clear, the law and procedure manual published on November 8, 2012 still states in Article 34 that for renewals one only needs to present a letter showing the person still has the same job and how long the job lasts. No other type of renewal visa asks for income documentation to be submitted. The only time a person needs to submit income documentation is if they renew late (regularizacion) or they change the condition of stay (cambio de condicion de estancia) to one where income / assets need to be proven. I am confident that we can win this on appeal or federal lawsuit but that is extra time and money and while we are on appeal they will not allow you to travel unless we file an amparo so you need to plan to be stuck in Mexico for a while. The first administrative appeal can take 4 to 6 months from the time you are denied until we receive a resolution and if we need to file a federal suit in the administrative tribunal (TFJFA) it can be another year extra until you get things back to normal. Those of you out there who are in this situation would be advised to save your money and plan accordingly so you will not have problems when it is time to renew. Lic. Spencer Richard Mc Mullen is an attorney and official court translator who has offices in Chapala and Guadalajara and specializes in immigration and administrative law and has litigated in all courts and wins his cases. Lic. Spencer may be reached at 376-765-7553 Chapala / Guadalajara (33)1592-3801 www.chapalalaw.com
  12. I have a flight from Guadalajara to Mexico City and then to Canada. Just checking re: where do I turn in my immigration form .... at the little booth at the Guad airport or somewhere in the airport in Mexico City?(I've never been there and understand it's a little bigger and more overwhelming than ours here). As I have a connecting flight, I wouldn't like to be getting lost or having to line up for any length of time to check through. Gracias for any information.
  13. I don't suppose anyone one this forum has been to the Mexican Consulate in Las Vegas, for a non immigrant visa? If on the off chance there is, could you tell me, in general, what to expect? I am in the process of finding out the items and papers we need. Is there any person like the woman in San Antonio, who owned a stationary store, who used to fill out the forms correctly, for a very small fee? Presently on a 180 day visa. Las Vegas chosen for the low income requirements. Thanks to anyone who can kindly help.
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