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Entertainment Guide - July 23, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - July 23, 2016

Operalia

The final of Placido Domingo’s international opera competition will take place inside a sold-out Teatro Degollado.

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Entertainment Guide - July 16, 2016

13 DAYS AGO

Tuesday recitals

The Martes de Música y Ópera series sponsored by the Jalisco Culture Department attracts some truly stellar classical performers and it’s all free!

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International ‘gang’ teams up for Ajijic mural

13 DAYS AGO
International ‘gang’  teams up for Ajijic mural

A handful of men from various parts of the Americas are collaborating on a mural at the entrance of Casa Domenech, a new restaurant in Ajijic. 

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‘Phenomenal’ piccolo player to perform locally

13 DAYS AGO
‘Phenomenal’ piccolo player to perform locally

Mariaceli Navarro, an accomplished Venezuelan piccolo player, teams up this summer with Tim Welch, well known Chapala area pianist, in a series of local concerts culminating in an international competition in San Diego, California.

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Ribera Arts Review - July 23, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - July 23, 2016

Variety at Bravo!

“Extravaganza – a Variety Show” continues at the Bravo! Theatre this weekend with shows Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 23, 4 p.m. 

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Ribera Arts Review - July 16, 2016

13 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - July 16, 2016

Summer workshops

“Pure Tales” is the theme of a summer course theater workshop for children to be held at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala from July 18 to August 12.

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At the Movies - July 23, 2016

6 DAYS AGO

Criminal

Sociopathic death-row inmate Jerico Stewart is implanted with the memories of a deceased CIA agent in a desperate attempt to thwart a deadly plot involving a Dutch hacker.

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At the Movies - July 16, 2016

13 DAYS AGO

UPCOMING FLICKS

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Columns

Noted muralist in constant demand

13 DAYS AGO
Noted muralist in constant demand

In 2009, artist Jorge Monroy surprised everyone by creating “Under the Wings of Mercury,” a stunning mural adorning the lobby of the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce on Avenida Vallarta. 

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‘Before It’s Too Late’: ground-breaking cookbook seeks to preserve Jalisco’s gastronomical tradition

20 DAYS AGO
‘Before It’s Too Late’: ground-breaking cookbook seeks to preserve Jalisco’s gastronomical tradition

In 2010, Mexico’s traditional cuisine was declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. It was the first time the food of any country had received such an honor.

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A legal issue for our times: Encryption on smart phones

6 DAYS AGO

A story that has disappeared off the front pages is the controversy over encryption on smart phones, but you may still read about this on the inside pages.

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Cybercrooks unveil ransomware

1 MONTHS AGO

Sometimes I can tell where there is a new virus/malware scam in town. 

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VIEWPOINT: UK opts out of Europe: The end of tolerance, the rise of demagoguery & a warning to the United States

27 DAYS AGO
VIEWPOINT: UK opts out of Europe: The end of tolerance, the rise of demagoguery & a warning to the United States

In a vote of historic proportions, the people of the United Kingdom have decided by a slender margin to jump ship and go it alone, turning their backs on the European Union (EU), a relationship they have maintained, albeit shakily, since 1973.

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Lincoln & Mexico: Local author, teacher sets the record straight through sound research and a nudge from his students

2 MONTHS AGO
Lincoln & Mexico: Local author, teacher sets the record straight through sound research and a nudge from his students

Back in January 2013, many of the 11th-grade students in Michael Hogan’s U.S. history class at Guadalajara’s American School attended an early screening of “Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg’s much touted biopic.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

6 DAYS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

13 DAYS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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You say rivera, I say ribera, let’s call the whole thing off

6 DAYS AGO
You say rivera, I say ribera, let’s call the whole thing off

What label to you attach to the land area bordering Mexico’s largest lake? Most English-speakers call it “Lakeside,” a simple and fitting description. The waters muddy when it comes to Spanish terminology. 

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Viewing Ajijic and San Miguel side-by-side

13 DAYS AGO

As folks in Ajijic are buzzing about the prospects of gaining Pueblo Mágico status, news is just out that San Miguel de Allende has been ranked number one in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2016 list of Latin America’s best cities and third out of 15 on the worldwide roster.

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Expat Living

American society in party mood for US birthday

20 DAYS AGO
American society in party mood for US birthday

Spenser McMullen and his wife Cecilia Villanueva were two of the 50 plus people enjoying the festivities at the American Society of Jalisco (Amsoc) celebration of U.S. Independence Day, July 7.

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St. Mark’s Anglican hosts US Independence Day picnic

27 DAYS AGO
St. Mark’s Anglican hosts  US Independence Day picnic

Everyone is invited to a July Fourth picnic and game day in St. Mark’s garden (the church hall in case of rain), the afternoon of Saturday, July 2.

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City Living - July 23, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 23, 2016

Mushroom Festival at Lion’s Club

The Circulo de Produccion farmer’s market cooperative hosts a Feria de Hongos (Mushroom Festival) Sunday, July 31 at the Club de Leones, Av. de los Leones 75, Colonia Tepeyac Casino, Zapopan.

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City Living - July 15, 2016

13 DAYS AGO
City Living - July 15, 2016

Tourism fair in Plaza Liberacion

An annual tourism fair showcasing more than 80 Jalisco-based attractions and services will set up shop in downtown Guadalajara’s Plaza de la Liberacion Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17. 

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Seasoned traveler/photographer shows her work

6 DAYS AGO
Seasoned traveler/photographer shows her work

Photographer Maureen Clark opens an exhibit of her work at La Mision Restaurant Friday, July 22.

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Weekly Worship - July 23, 2016

6 DAYS AGO

Lakeside Presbyterian 

Sunday, July 24, Pastor Ross Arnold of Lakeside Presbyterian Church continues his “Great Adventure” series with a sermon entitled “Knowing Who We Are.” 

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Laguna Chapalac - July 23, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - July 23, 2016

Ixtlahuacan fiestas 

Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos continues its festivities of Santo Santiago (St. James) through Monday July 25, including colorful religious processions taking place every evening around 6 p.m., nighttime entertainment and fireworks at the central plaza and round-the-clock s...

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Laguna Chapalac - July 16, 2016

13 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - July 16, 2016

Open Circle

“Think Again . . . Because Thinking Once Might Not Be Enough!” will be the presentation by Phil Rylett at Open Circle, Sunday, July 17, 10:30 a.m. in the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) garden.

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Holiday fun in Puerto Vallarta

20 DAYS AGO
Holiday fun in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta American Legion Post 14 Commander Dennis Rike and his wife Dinia on the Vallarta Adventures special Canada Day/July 4th cruise across Banderas Bay to Las Caletas on July 2.

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US Coast Guard lends a hand in Vallarta

2 MONTHS AGO
US Coast Guard lends a hand in Vallarta

Crew members of the USCGC Active, a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter, rolled up their sleeves to help out at Puerto Vallarta community projects last week.

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North Banderas Beat - March 19, 2016

4 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 19, 2016

The Philo Legacy

The Northshore was shocked by the sudden death of Philo Hayward due to heart failure in the summer of 2015. 

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North Banderas Beat – March 12, 2016

4 MONTHS AGO
North Banderas Beat – March 12, 2016

Chacala Festival

Chacala is a relaxing fishing village situated in the heart of the Riviera Nayarit, about 25 miles north of Bucerias/northshore.  Each March, the Puerto de Chacala Music and Art Festival brings together musicians and other artists for a three-day, three-night celebration, comp...

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La Manzanilla Memo – April 1, 2016

3 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – April 1, 2016

A Dream Come True

Walt Disney once said that “Any dream can come true if you have the courage to pursue it.” Well Mr. Disney, our pueblo just proved you were right!

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Laguna Chapalac - March 19, 2016

4 MONTHS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - March 19, 2016

Something’s Cooking!

I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the cooking classes offered by local legend Eileen Zack.  

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 26, 2016

4 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 26, 2016

Labour of Love

At least 18 years have passed since work began on the Church of San Felipe de Jesus in Barra’s barrio. With continuous effort by the community half of the church is complete.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal – March 12, 2016

4 MONTHS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal – March  12, 2016

For Bibliophiles

When Leone Ewoldt built her house in Villa Obregon in 2006, she had a room made for a book exchange because of her love of reading and sharing books with others. Having sold everything, including hundreds of books when she left Seattle, her new little room soon filled up and the bo...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - April 16, 2015

3 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - April 16, 2015

Shop-A-Holic

Only a few Fridays left to shop at the Marsol Hotel Market, which takes place in the lobby from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and runs through the end of April.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – April 1, 2016

3 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – April 1, 2016

Making New Friends

There are many informal get-togethers organized by the ExPats group in Vallarta. This gives you a chance to meet others living here full- or part-time, or people who are on vacation. Here are April’s events:

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Mexican Lifestyles

Looking Back: A review of July news from the last 50 years

13 DAYS AGO

In this monthly series, the Guadalajara Reporter republishes a few of the headlines from its July editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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The wisdom of the Mexican will

13 DAYS AGO

Wills are documents many detest.  The mere act of putting one together recognizes that inevitable fact of life. 

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Surf’s up in Michoacán

1 MONTHS AGO
Surf’s up in Michoacán

In the depths of New York’s bitterly cold winter, a glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon: two friends would be available for a two-week surf trip in May. 

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A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

1 YEAR AGO
A winning day out: Swimming to a hidden beach

It’s a glorious feeling as you swim into the beautiful secluded beach of the Marieta Islands (Islas Marietas). As you pass under a rocky arch in the island there is a moment when the tide turns in your favor and washes you gently towards the sandy shoreline. It is as if the island has deemed y...

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Jardin Plaza Ajijic: A popular meeting spot, people-watching

13 DAYS AGO

The Jardin Plaza Ajijic restaurant is located on the north east corner of the main plaza (jardin) in downtown Ajijic. 

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Talented chef creates world-class cuisine at Go Bistro

27 DAYS AGO

If leading international food critics such as Michelin were to start looking at restaurants in Ajijic, Go Bistro would receive high marks. 

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New novel asks, ‘Could culture war over same-sex marriage evolve into civil war?’

2 MONTHS AGO

Ajijic resident Tom Nussbaum says he watched the November 6, 2012 election results on television with disbelief and joy. 

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Popular Ajijic author pens new thriller

7 MONTHS AGO
Popular Ajijic author pens new thriller

Robert Bruce Drynan of Ajijic is the author of “Domain of the Scorpion” (2009), a thriller set in Colombia and Venezuela and Panama, that introduces several characters we meet again in his latest novel, “The Shadow of Nemesis,” set largely in Mexico. “Domain of the Scor...

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Laughter: medicine kids actually enjoy

3 MONTHS AGO
Laughter: medicine kids actually enjoy

More than 600 doctors in some 24 cities in the country are registered with Risaterapia (laughter therapy) A.C., a group that brings doses of medicine that smiling children take willingly.

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Six transplants from one donor

3 MONTHS AGO

The relatives of a 30-plus year old man declared brain-dead after an automobile accident donated his organs and tissues and brought new life to six patients last week.

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News

City center gets deep cleanse

6 DAYS AGO
City center gets deep cleanse

Pioneering Guadalajara Mayor Enrique Alfaro is determined to fulfill his stated goal to “clean up” the historic city center – quite literally!

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Guadalajara wants Gay Games

13 DAYS AGO

Guadalajara has launched a bid to host Gay Games XI in 2022, along with ten other cities worldwide. 

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Students thank sponsors at NCA graduation bash

6 DAYS AGO
Students thank sponsors  at NCA graduation bash

In sync with the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, Niños de Chapala y Ajijic (NCA) held a celebration luncheon Saturday, July 16 to honor 39 sponsored students who graduated this year from pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school programs. 

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Local students learn about AIDS/HIV issues

6 DAYS AGO
Local students learn about AIDS/HIV issues

One of the goals of Ajijic Cares, founded at Lakeside three years ago, is to provide education for young people on AIDS and HIV.

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Cultural offerings in Ixtlahuacán continue this weekend

6 DAYS AGO

The annual Santo Santiago fiestas in nearby Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos continues with cultural events in the town plaza every evening, 8 p.m. Appearing Friday, July 22 are the Rondalla de Chapala. 

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Congress pledges to ditch bottled water

6 DAYS AGO

The Jalisco state legislature looks to be keeping its word about environmental sustainability and adhering to a “green” agenda.

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Could an ‘Orlando’ happen in Mexico?

6 DAYS AGO

Incidents of homophobia have increased in Mexico in the wake of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposal to legalize same-sex marriage, a leading NGO attests. 

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Alitalia’s new flight to Rome

13 DAYS AGO

Italian airline Alitalia has launched a direct service from Mexico City to Rome, the “city of external love.”

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Kids with cancer swim with dolphins

27 DAYS AGO
Kids with cancer swim with dolphins

Children in the Puerto Vallarta area undergoing treatment for cancer enjoyed an unforgettable day of fun and adventure, swimming and cavorting with dolphins Saturday, June 18.

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Cuastecomates: the ground-breaking ‘disabled-inclusive’ beach town in Jalisco

2 MONTHS AGO
Cuastecomates: the ground-breaking ‘disabled-inclusive’ beach town in Jalisco

Jalisco’s first “disabled-inclusive” beach has opened in Cuastecomates in the municipality of Cihuatlán just north of Melaque.   

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US birthday marked in style

20 DAYS AGO
US birthday marked in style

The United States Consulate General marked U.S. Independence Day with a party for around 650 guests at the Tec de Monterrey campus in Guadalajara Friday, July 1.

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Canadians flock to July 1 fete

20 DAYS AGO
Canadians flock to July 1 fete

National pride and a spirit of international friendship drew a big crowd to the July 1 Canada Day celebration held at the Nuevo Chapala clubhouse.

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Tips and tricks for US ‘persons’ filing a Foreign Bank Account Report

1 MONTHS AGO

I cannot stress enough the importance of timely and correctly filing a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) if you are required to.

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BMW starts work on new plant

1 MONTHS AGO

German carmaker BMW has laid the first stone of its new assembly plant San Luis Potosi.

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Obituary - July 23, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Obituary - July 23, 2016

Jack Bruce Carson

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Obituaries - July, 9 2016

20 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - July, 9 2016

George Richard Thomas

George Richard Thomas, 82, a 16-year resident of Ajijic, has passed away.

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Major League Baseball coming to Guadalajara?

13 DAYS AGO

Mexican businessman Carlos Bremer met with Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred last week to discuss plans to bring the big league to three cities in Mexico in 2017.

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Countdown to Rio

20 DAYS AGO
Countdown to Rio

Guadalajara’s Nataly Michel, 25, has become the first Mexican to qualify for a fencing foil event at an Olympic Games.

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Deciphering INM rules: What immigration status suits your lifestyle?

Following up on the Reporter’s ongoing consultations with Chapala immigration office chief Juan Carlos Galvan, this week we delve into the different permit categories, referred to in the law as Condiciones de Estancia.

But first, let’s reiterate the official’s admonition to scrap outdated terminology. Once the Ley de Migracion went on the books in May 2011, the National Immigration Institute (INM) eliminated no-inmigrante, inmigrante, inmigrado status as we know them. The FM2, FM3 and FMT permits of yesteryear no longer exist.

Galvan gave the following run down of the new document scheme:

VISITANTE

Like the former tourist visa, the Visitante permit is appropriate for anyone wanting to visit or reside in Mexico for a maximum period of 180 days. The permit cannot be renewed or extended beyond the allowed six-month period.

There are six different classes of Visitante permits, issued depending upon the purpose for coming to Mexico: non-working visits (tourists), working visits, short-term non-working visits in the border zone, working visits in the border zone, visits permitted for humanitarian reasons and visits to carry out adoptions.

Citizens and permanent residents of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Japan and most European nations do have to obtain a visa prior to coming into Mexico as tourists. In general they are only required to present a valid passport and completed visitor form at any port of entry. (See www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Paises_No_Visa for complete list of nationalities exempt from pre-approved visa requirement.)

Galvan underlines one significant difference in the new law: persons entering as visitors are no longer allowed to apply for a switch to resident status from inside the country, except under special circumstances cited in the statutes. They must leave before the permit expires and start the procedure for a new condition at a Mexican consulate located abroad.

RESIDENTE TEMPORAL

Temporary Resident is the status of choice for people who want to remain in Mexico for up to four years, with permission to travel in and out of the country as often as they like.

After that time lapse the holder must leave the country, with the option of initiating application for a new temporary resident or permanent resident permit through a consulate abroad.  (Again, exceptions may apply under special circumstances.)

Temporary residents have the right to apply for work permits, obtain the same status for immediate family members, and bring a load of household belongings into the country.

Retirees and pensioners who will live by their own means are required to prove economic solvency.

First-time applicants are required to initiate the permit procedure outside the country through a Mexican consulate. Those who meet requirements will be issued a visa to enter Mexico under the stipulation that they appear at an INM office within 30 days of crossing the border to obtain their immigration status cards.

Galvan says that individuals who already live in Mexico with legal status as temporary residents (i.e. admitted prior to November 9 under no-inmigrante or inmigrante documents) do not immediately start from square one. They are allowed to apply for renewals at the Chapala office without leaving the country until the full four-year period of the original permit ends.

He also points out that higher income requirements now in effect are only taken into consideration in reviewing cases of individuals whose status is irregular, such as those whose documents have expired within the previous 60 days.

There is a separate temporary resident category for persons who intend to pursue academic studies, research and training in Mexico.

RESIDENTE PERMANENTE

The permanent resident permit is geared for persons who want to settle in Mexico indefinitely. It has the advantages of freeing the holder from renewal procedures.  Permanent residents are granted rights to freely engage in lucrative activities, obtain the same status for immediate family members and bring in a household load. They are allowed to leave and return to Mexico at will and the new law does not put limitations on the length of their absences.  They are required to notify INM of any change of address, marital status, employment or nationality.

Since there is no expiration date for persons previously granted inmigrado status, they are automatically in the door as permanent residents. They will eventually have to exchange their original IMN booklets or identity cards for new ones, but no deadline has been set for that as yet.

Family ties

One important aspect of the Ley de Migracion is its focus on guarantees for family unity.  Galvan observes that while a specific status for dependents no longer exists, the new law allows anyone whose residency permits are in order to request papers for his or her spouse or common law mate, children and parents without each one of the applicants needing to meet individual income requirements. Foreigners who are spouses or parents of Mexican nationals also enjoy certain privileges, including ability to initiate application for temporary or permanent residency condition inside Mexico’s borders.

RTFM

The specific requirements and allowances to qualify for each type of IMN visa or permit are spelled out in the Ley de Migración, the complementary Reglamento (rules) and Lineamientos (procedural guidelines) published in the Diario Oficial de la Federacion (federal diary). See last week’s Reporter for web links to those documents.

Some online sources to find relatively concise, reliable and updated information in English on dealing with INM:

- www.mymexicanlawyer.com

-  http://yucalandia.wordpress.com

- http://rollybrook.com/Page%20Directory.htm

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