Sunday, September 30, 2012

Mexico's New Immigration Law and ExPats

The new Migration Law for Mexico (originally passed in May 2011) was published on 2012-Sept-28 and will take effect 30 working days from that date (early November).  Many articles in the law are intended to help protect immigrants from countries south of Mexico and to improve the rights of women and children.  However there are also major changes that will effect temporary and permanent residents, especially ExPats from other countries. 

Many of the details are missing such as income levels required for temporary or permanent residence.   The new Residente Temporal visa which will replace both No Inmigrante and Inmigrante visas is bound to have new income requirements.   Also upon applying for a Residente Permanente card there is no income level mentioned.  Of course the reason to be interested in a permanent resident card is that it means no more visas or renewals.

It also states that you can apply for a permanent resident card after 4 years on a temporary visa but does that mean on the 4th renewal of your current visa.   For instance, I'll be entering my 7th year next renewal but it will be my 2nd renewal on my current visa.   That point may be moot since the law also states you can apply for permanent status at any point.  Then there's the issue of regional interpretation which many of us have experienced or read about in the past.

Here's one persons take on the changes from San Felipe Life  He also has PDF files in English to down load from his site.   You can also go to the official Mexican site Diario Oficial de la Federacion and read it online.  If that link does not come up in English you can use their translator on the right sidebar.

Here is another aspect to the new regulations from Rolly Brook's web site
You will be able to renew your Residente Temporal for periods of one to four years with costs being: (in pesos, of course)

$3,130 for a single year
$4,690 for two years
$5,940 for three years
$7,040 for four years


barbara eckrote said...

UNFORTUNATELY, my FM-3 expires in Oct. - I went 30 days prior and they said "Yu can't do that anymore on the 5th renewal". You have two options, let it expire and pay a fine; or leave the country get a tourist visa and come back in for a brand new FM-3. Neither is appealing. The financial requirements are FM-3 - $1200 a month and FM-2 is $2200 a month. They no longer will accept anything other then your social security letter and a Mexican bank letter showing monthly income. I've had an FM-3 for 11 years, but thought about going to FM-2 so I could renew prior to the FM-3 expiration. They no longer take savings and investment statements, which makes no sense. So, here in SMA they are applying the new rules already.
What a mess! Oh, if you own property, the income requirement for FM-2 is 50% less - I don't own property.

sparks said...

Seems to me I've heard this is a localized problem for people living in Guanajuato state due to a "rogue" administrator with his own interpretation of the old rules. The new rules in detail have not been published yet so I don't know how they could be applied early. Maybe when the new guide book for INM employees is published he will back off. I would hope so

Steve Cotton said...

But it does sound like a good opportunity to upgrade from my old FM3. We will see how Manzanillo interprets the new regulations. At least, I have until April to see how things are shaking out.

The construction of the house finished in April 2011 and I'm pretty much settled in. As of March 2014 I'm in preparation for rain mode for this coming summer. That includes sealing and painting things and dealing with drainage issues from last year.

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