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Road rage redux

Road rage redux

A recent email message from a reader brings up a sore subject previously address...

Important Public Announcement!

Many area expats are still unaware that there is prank-filled holiday observance...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide - June 25, 2016

-1 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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Entertainment Guide - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - June 18, 2016

Tuesday recitals

June 21: Pianist Lourdes Santiago and Manuel Delaflor in concert, with the second half featuring a “four-hands” demonstration.  June 28: Recital by Pedro Velázquez Cardoso (flute) and José Guadalupe López Luévano (guitar).

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Harps put zing in Chapala music fest

17 DAYS AGO
Harps put zing in Chapala music fest

Pleasing strains of traditional Mexican music will fill the air throughout next week as musicians from near and far congregate in Chapala to engage in the 14th Encuentro de Arpas, Salterios y Mas. 

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Posthumous homage to master sculptor at Old Train Station

27 DAYS AGO
Posthumous homage to master sculptor at Old Train Station

The works of renowned sculptor Miguel Miramontes Carmona, a longtime Chapala resident  who died in October of last year at the age of 97, will be exhibited at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo, with the inauguration slated for Saturday, May 28, noon. 

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Ribera Arts Review - June 25, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - June 25, 2016

Naked Stage

The Naked Stage presents “Bakersfield Mist” by Stephen Sachs from Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26.  Directed by Diana Rowland, the play features Roseann and Tony Wilshere. 

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Ribera Arts Review - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - June 18, 2016

Concert

A concert of piano and violin featuring David Borboli and Rosa Maria Valdez will be held Sunday, June 19, 4 p.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo. Entrance is 100 pesos.

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At the Movies - June 25, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO

Independence Day: Resurgence

Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind’s new space defenses be enough? Director: Roland Emmerich. Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman. Rated: PG-13. Time: 2:00.

Marguerit...

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At the Movies - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
At the Movies - June 18, 2016

War Craft

Humans and orcs clash in this feature-film adaptation of the popular fantasy video-game series. After realizing that their home is becoming uninhabitable, a race of orcs travel to the land of Azeroth. There, they encounter the realm’s human denizens, who fight back against the invad...

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Columns

Canadian initiates first geological study of Jalisco’s obsidian deposits

6 DAYS AGO
Canadian initiates first geological study of Jalisco’s obsidian deposits

In 2013 I paid my first visit to Selva Negra, the popular name for the Ahuisculco Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, located 30 kilometers southwest of Guadalajara.

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Oye, what’s that, a Cyathea or a Podocarpus? Following botanists into the Talpa Maple Forest

17 DAYS AGO
Oye, what’s that, a Cyathea or a Podocarpus? Following botanists into the Talpa Maple Forest

“In May I’m taking a group of botany and biogeography students to El Bosque de Maples,” Professor Miguel Muñiz told me some months ago. “Would you like to come along?”

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Big killing zones appall us; Overwhelming, unbelieving; Yet such places exist, even thrive

-1 DAYS AGO

Mexican memories were brutally hauled back into bitter recall with this nation’s student massacre, October 2, 1968, and the killings two weeks ago, June 11, in Orlando, Florida.  

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Wide-swath evil compared: Omar Mateen and the administration of one of Mexico’s inventively intricate and brutal regimens

6 DAYS AGO

Before Saturday night, June 11, many people believed, either quietly or noisily, but with considerable exasperation, that the United States wouldn’t allow itself to become more self-destructive. Omar Mateen changed that.

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

27 DAYS 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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Trump puts the bite on Mexico

2 MONTHS AGO

Most commentators are calling it morally bankrupt; his supporters say it’s further proof that he’s the right man to bring “greatness” back to the United States. President Barack Obama describes the plan as “half-baked.”

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Important Public Announcement!

6 MONTHS AGO

Many area expats are still unaware that there is prank-filled holiday observance between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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Mexico’s Christmas gift to the world

6 MONTHS AGO
Mexico’s Christmas gift to the world

When the Spanish arrived in the Western Hemisphere, they recorded that the Aztecs viewed all flowers as gifts of the gods. The ancients in this area cultivated the red star-shaped cuetlaxóchitl (flower with leather petals) as an offering to their supreme diety – the god of the sun &ndas...

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - A Rocking Chair in the Median

29 MINS AGO

Some of my most vivid memories of Mexico will come from the people I see along the streets. People whose names I don’t know and who I have only fleeting contact with.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Grace in Oaxaca

6 DAYS AGO

And, suddenly, I heard music. A cadence of drums and horns and a rhythmic clomping that I couldn’t identify. 

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Road rage redux

-1 DAYS AGO
Road rage redux

A recent email message from a reader brings up a sore subject previously addressed in this space. The irate Ajijic resident wrote: 

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Figments of childhood imagination

6 DAYS AGO
Figments of childhood imagination

A furtive mouse became our family’s big cheese this week. I’m talking about El Ratoncito Pérez, a.k.a. el ratón de los dientes, the mythical character of Spanish-speaking countries, equivalent to the Tooth Fairy of fond childhood memory.

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Expat Living

City Living - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - June 18, 2016

Wrestling for Father’s Day

Zapopan’s huge Plaza de las Americas (facing the Basilica) will host a wrestling extravaganza on Father’s Day weekend, Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. 

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City Living - June 4, 2016

17 DAYS AGO

Things to do at Amsoc 

There’s plenty going on at the American Society (Amsoc) over next few weeks. 

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Lake Chapala Society prepares its annual Summer Art Camp

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Lake Chapala Society prepares its annual Summer Art Camp

The fourth Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Children’s Art Program (CAP) Summer Art Camp runs Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to noon daily.

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Fun-filled LCS picnic kicks off summer season

-1 DAYS AGO
Fun-filled LCS picnic kicks off summer season

Nothing says summer fun better than an old-fashioned backyard picnic and the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) did it up big Saturday, June 18 with a well-attended outdoor fling.

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Laguna Chapalac - June 25, 2016

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Laguna Chapalac - June 25, 2016

Open Circle

Three highly accomplished musicians —

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Laguna Chapalac - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - June 18, 2016

LCS summer picnic

Join in with fellow expats and friends at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS) Summer Picnic for some good old-fashioned fun complete with food, drinks and games for everyone. 

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US Coast Guard lends a hand in Vallarta

27 DAYS 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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PV Legion post holds Memorial Day event

1 MONTHS AGO

The David F. Lilley Post 14 of the American Legion in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay will hold a Memorial Day event for veterans at Steve’s Sports Bar at Basilio Badillo 286 in Colonia Emiliano Zapata Monday, May 30, from noon to 4 p.m.

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North Banderas Beat - March 19, 2016

3 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

3 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

2 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

2 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

2 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

Giving back to Mexico’s neediest

17 DAYS AGO
Giving back to Mexico’s neediest

Aguagente has committed itself to an ambitious social responsibility program, pledging its support for the nonprofit group Techo, which builds homes for Mexico’s poorest citizens. 

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#FreeGadgetSlaves

3 MONTHS AGO
#FreeGadgetSlaves

The other day, still in an early morning daze, I dashed out of the house to do a few errands. As soon as I got to my first destination I realized I had left my cell phone behind, recharging on the bedside table. 

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Surf’s up in Michoacán

6 DAYS 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

11 MONTHS 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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CocinART: Charming Ajijic retreat with great food & prices

6 DAYS AGO

Ajijic’s CocinART restaurant is centrally located just off Colon in a courtyard-like setting that is loaded with charm and atmosphere, not to mention an interesting menu and excellent food. 

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Gossip’s Kitchen delights with Cajun and African-fusion flavors

17 DAYS AGO

If you want some of the best tasting and most creative food in Ajijic … go to Gossip’s Kitchen! 

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

1 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

6 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

2 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

2 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

Doctors down tools

32 MINS AGO
Doctors down tools

Should doctors in Mexico be immune from facing criminal charges when accused of negligence?

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Former advisor to state attorney general arrested in Texas

39 MINS AGO

A former senior official at the Jalisco Attorney General’s Office (FGE) has been arrested in Texas on several federal charges, including laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking.

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Speed traps slated for Chapala bypass

56 MINS AGO

Now that the Chapala-Ajijic bypass (Libramiento) is in good condition, Mayor Javier Degollado is asking Jalisco’s Transportation Department (Secretaria de Movilidad or Semov) to implement regular speed traps to keep lead-footed motorists in check.

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Ajijic first target of junk Collection campaign

6 DAYS AGO
Ajijic first target of junk Collection campaign

The Chapala government launched the Limpiemos Nuestro Municipio (Let’s Clean Our Municipality) campaign with a program of door-to-door junk collection roaming through Ajijic neighborhoods.

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Cardinal admits to providing ‘refuge’ for pedophile priests in Tlaquepaque

14 DAYS AGO
Cardinal admits to providing ‘refuge’ for pedophile priests in Tlaquepaque

Catholic Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, the outspoken former archbishop of Guadalajara, admitted this week that a rehab center in Tlaquepaque was used to provide shelter to priests who were known pedophiles.

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Nonagenarian swims across Nayarit lake

14 DAYS AGO

A 90-year-old woman who only learned how to swim 20 years ago has won a competition in which she had to traverse the entire width of the Laguna Santa Maria del Lago in Nayarit.

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New US envoy stresses importance of respecting ‘other’s point of view’

13 MINS AGO
New US envoy stresses importance of respecting ‘other’s point of view’

Roberta Jacobson, the new U.S. ambassador to Mexico, struck all the correct brotherly/sisterly notes after she “presented her credentials” to President Enrique Peña Nieto this week.

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‘Three Amigos’ to meet in Ottawa June 29

50 MINS AGO

U.S. President Barack Obama will attend a Three Amigos leaders summit in Ottawa and address a joint session of the Canadian Parliament on Wednesday, June 29.

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

1 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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Beach paradise closed as degraded coral reef is nursed back to health

1 MONTHS AGO
Beach paradise closed as degraded  coral reef is nursed back to health

Visitors to the Marieta Islands off the Jalisco/Nayarit coast will be prohibited from visiting the fabled Playa de Amor (Beach of Love, or Hidden Beach as it it is more commonly known)

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VIEWPOINT: Mass shootings — We have met the enemy and he is us

6 DAYS AGO
VIEWPOINT: Mass shootings —  We have met the enemy and he is us

The massacre in Orlando, with its record number of dead, leaves us afraid that nothing more can be said, except that another one is coming.

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Local crews tackle Alberta wildfires

14 DAYS AGO
Local crews tackle Alberta wildfires

Forty-one Mexican firefighters have left the country to help fight the wildfires ravaging the Canadian province of Alberta.

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

-1 DAYS 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

6 DAYS AGO

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

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Obituary - June 25, 2016

1 MIN AGO
Obituary - June 25, 2016

James Spencer Collins 

James Spencer (“Spense”) Collins, an oilman raised in West Texas who spent his life chasing oil and gas around the globe, died June 16 at the age of 94. 

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Obituary - June 18, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Obituary - June 18, 2016

Domenic Anthony Valenti

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Tapatio racer on Ferrari’s radar

43 MINS AGO
Tapatio racer on Ferrari’s radar

Guadalajara Formula One racer Sergio “Checo” Perez obtained his second podium finish in three races at last Sunday’s European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan, kicking off rumors that the next step in his career could a seat with the famed Ferrari team.

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International women’s bike polo tourney this weekend

17 DAYS AGO
International women’s bike polo tourney this weekend

The Ladies Army 8 Championships (a tournament of the World Women’s Open Hardcourt Bike Polo) will be held Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 at the Instituto Tecnologico de Zapopan.

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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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