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Anxiously awaiting Uber

Anxiously awaiting Uber

I took my first Uber ride on a jaunt to Guadalajara last summer to attend a jour...

Arts & Entertainment

Entertainment Guide - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - January 14, 2017

A Streetcar Named Desire

A performance of the opera version of the famous 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “A Streetcar Named Desire” composed by André Previn with a libretto by Philip Littell.

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Entertainment Guide - January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - January 7, 2017

Live from the Met

The New York Met presents a simulcast of Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet. 

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Sangre Viva fest celebrates Mexican identity

-1 DAYS AGO
Sangre Viva fest celebrates Mexican identity

The fourth Festival Cultural Sangre Viva, slated for Friday, January 27 through Sunday, 29 in Ajijic, will encompass diverse activities accenting Mexico’s ancestral roots. 

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LLT’s psychological thriller gives plenty of food for thought

-1 DAYS AGO
LLT’s psychological thriller  gives plenty of food for thought

Lakeside Little Theatre’s current production, “Death and the Maiden,” is not an enchanting, feel-good play, but one that gives a glimpse of the reality many throughout the world suffer under the hands of a cruel police state. 

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Ribera Arts Review - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - January 14, 2017

Bravo one-day show

Catherine Clarkson presents the world premier of “Mr. and MissAdventure” at the Bravo! Theatre Sunday, January 15, 4 p.m. 

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Ribera Arts Review - January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - January 7, 2017

 ‘Threepenny Opera’

Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) will present National Theatre Live’s HD screening of “The Threepenny Opera” by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill on Saturday, January 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 8, 3 p.m.

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At the Movies - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO

Office Christmas Party

When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch,

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At the Movies - January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
At the Movies - January 7, 2017

Passengers

A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers.

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Columns

How to enjoy a No-Noise New Year

6 DAYS AGO
How to enjoy a No-Noise New Year

“Foreigners often complain about Mexicans shooting off cohetes (rockets) for certain feast days,” said my neighbor Jorge.

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US ‘Travel Detective’ shares ‘Mexico’s best-kept travel secret’

14 DAYS AGO
US ‘Travel Detective’ shares ‘Mexico’s best-kept travel secret’

The other day I got a call from the United States. “Peter Greenberg is in town and would like to interview you for his radio program,” a cheery voice said.

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In a nutshell: The top techie news of the year

6 DAYS AGO

Every year at this time I sit down to pen a piece looking back at the top technical news of the year just past.

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Ad blocking update: Forbes.com has a sudden change of heart

27 DAYS AGO

Last week I began relating my experience using a program “uBlock Origin” (not to be confused with the similarly-named “uBlock”), the function of which is to block advertising from appearing on web sites. 

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Ireland meets Mexico in new fusion album based on fiddle player’s ‘unique’ experiences in both countries

21 DAYS AGO
Ireland meets Mexico in new fusion album based on fiddle player’s ‘unique’ experiences in both countries

When musician Catherine John arrived in Cuernavaca from San Francisco in 2008, she could hardly have imagined that her subsequent journey would lead eight years later to the release of ¡Fandango Bragh!, a fusion album she describes as an expression of her “unique Irish-Mexican identity.&...

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Is this a life-changing moment for America’s ‘Dreamers’

1 MONTHS AGO

Only U.S. citizens devoid of all empathy could fail to be concerned for the plight of the “Dreamers” – young immigrants whose futures are up in the air following the result of the presidential election.

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

5 MONTHS 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

6 MONTHS 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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Anxiously awaiting Uber

6 DAYS AGO
Anxiously awaiting Uber

I took my first Uber ride on a jaunt to Guadalajara last summer to attend a journalists’ seminar on Mexico’s new justice system. 

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Off on the right foot

13 DAYS AGO
Off on the right foot

Now that the December holidays are over, I’m determined to start off the new year on the right foot. 

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I am very enfermo

-1 DAYS AGO

I think as denizens at Lakeside we have an obligation to try to learn Spanish. Even if just to show our hosts that we, as guests, don’t expect them to bear the burden of speaking English for our convenience.

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Discovering Mexico Part 1: Landfall, ‘assimilation’ & the practicality of the sword

6 DAYS AGO
Discovering Mexico Part 1: Landfall, ‘assimilation’  & the practicality of the sword

Could there be a sincere 500th anniversary celebration for the discovery of Mexico by the Europeans? Or not? At the time of this writing, there seem to be none planned.

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Expat Living

AMSOC Book Club doubles up, seeks donations

-1 DAYS AGO

The American Society (Amsoc) Book Club will discuss “The Prisoner of Heaven” by Carlos Luis Zafon at its meeting on Thursday, January 19, 10 a.m.

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Building a culture of peace

27 DAYS AGO
Building a culture of peace

A November 11 closing ceremony at the José Maria Arreola school in Riberas del Pilar marked the end of training cycle II of the Rotary International Global Grant “Providing Teacher Training to Create Safe and Healthy Schools & Communities in Jalisco, Mexico.”

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City Living - December 2, 2016

1 MONTHS AGO
City Living - December 2, 2016

Sunday Croqueton to help strays

Dog lovers should head over to the Parque Italia in Colonia Providencia along with their pooch/es Sunday, December 4 for the annual Croqueton Navideño.  

One of the main aims of the event, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is to receive donations of dry food (croq...

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City Living - November 5, 2016

2 MONTHS AGO
City Living - November 5, 2016

Students present ‘Wizard of Oz’

The Fine Arts & Technology Department of the American School Foundation of Guadalajara presents four performances of the musical “The Wizard of Oz” from November 4 to 6. 

More than 120 students, from elementary to high school, will p...

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Weekly Worship - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO

Little Chapel by the Lake

Please take note of the new service time: 11 a.m. 

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Chili Cook-off committee readies recruitment round-up

-1 DAYS AGO
Chili Cook-off committee readies recruitment round-up

Organizers of the 39th annual Chili Cook-Off are turning up the heat to attract more participants to the February 10-12 wingding.

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Laguna Chapalac - January 14, 2017

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Laguna Chapalac - January 14, 2017

Military Ball

The 904 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association will host this year’s gala Military Ball on Saturday, January 14 at the Real de Chapala Hotel.

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Laguna Chapalac - January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - January 7, 2017

Chapala Mud Fest  

Off-road motorheads will roar into Chapala Sunday, January 8 for a day of high adrenaline sport at the 4x4 Festival en Lodo.

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PV vets mark their day with service, golf, evening buffet

2 MONTHS AGO

American Legion Post 14 and the Puerto Vallarta Navy League invite U.S. Canadian and Mexican citizens to celebrate Remembrance Day and Veterans Day at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 11 at Steve’s Sports Bar (Post 14 headquarters) for free coffee and pastries (breakfast can be purchased).

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Holiday fun in Puerto Vallarta

6 MONTHS 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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North Banderas Beat - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - January 14, 2017

Good news story

Bucerias resident Andrea Demers-Lynch shared with us this story of Christmas generosity. 

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North Banderas Beat - December 31, 2016

13 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - December 31, 2016

Christmas Program

The 24th annual Bucerias Children’s Program took place Christmas Eve, with local children lining up for Santa Claus two hours before the 11 a.m. start time. 

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La Manzanilla Memo – January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – January 7, 2017

Wasn’t That a Party?

As the town overflowed with tourists, 2017 was ushered in with all-night-long celebrations.

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La Manzanilla Memo - December 24, 2016

21 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - December 24, 2016

Five New Houses

Unbelievable, but true!  This past Friday, at our primary school, the Grade 6 class feverishly worked to not only build, but decorate five Gingerbread Houses. (Got you!)

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - January 14, 2017

Water aerobics

Water aerobics takes place in the ocean at 9 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the far end of the beach in Melaque (in front of Tito’s Restaurant onCalle Las Palmas.) 

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 31, 2016

13 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - December 31, 2016

Navidad in Navidad

Christmas in Barra de Navidad brought together the spirit and efforts of many, both Mexican and expats, making this a most memorable Christmas celebration for the hundreds in attendance.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - January 7, 2017

6 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - January 7, 2017

Street party

The block festivities continue. The Southside Shuffle started on Friday, November 18 of last year and will continue every other Friday through April 21.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - December 24, 2016

21 DAYS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - December 24, 2016

Fancy Acts

The multiple stages at Act II Entertainment are full of laughter and good cheer.

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Mexican Lifestyles

Maids, gardeners will expect seasonal bonus

1 MONTHS AGO

Employees in Mexico will be expecting a little extra in their pay packet prior to Christmas.

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

1 MONTHS AGO

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our November editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Surf’s up in Michoacán

6 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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Traditional city restaurant carves out niche based on longtime owners’ personal touch

-1 DAYS AGO
Traditional city restaurant carves out niche based on longtime owners’ personal touch

Every night of the week, La Fonda de la Noche, nestled on an urban street corner behind a thick, distinctive hedge of trees trimmed into archways, serves up a selection of Durango-style dishes to patrons tucked away in about eight small dining rooms scattered throughout the three floors and terrace ...

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Punto Verde: Discover the snack that became a culinary wonder

6 DAYS AGO

“If you don’t like it, you don’t pay,” goes the Punta Verde slogan. Talk about confidence.

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New tome uncovers obscure details about amazing Mexico

1 MONTHS AGO
New tome uncovers obscure details about amazing Mexico

“Mexican Kaleidoscope,” the latest book by Tony Burton, takes readers on a delightful romp through Mexican history and culture, spanning 10,000 years from the Pre-Hispanic era to modern times. 

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Humanizing Abraham Lincoln

3 MONTHS AGO
Humanizing Abraham Lincoln

“Abraham Lincoln and Mexico” by Michael Hogan. Fondo Editorial Universitario. (Guadalajara, 2016), 322 pp.

Reviewed by A.S. Carbonell, Tel Aviv University

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Alzheimer’s Disease set to double by 2030

3 MONTHS AGO

World Alzheimer’s Day was marked on Wednesday, September 21 but Genaro Gabriel Ortiz, president of the Asociación Jalisciense de Alzheimer, said there was no positive news to celebrate regarding the disease.

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Laughter: medicine kids actually enjoy

8 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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News

Cabify ups its prices but much less than Uber

-1 DAYS AGO

Cabify, the younger sibling of Uber, has decided to increase its prices by just six percent in Guadalajara following the recent gasoline price hike.

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Alcalde walkway ready to roll

-1 DAYS AGO

Preliminary work will begin this month on the pedestrian walkway that will run along Avenida Alcalde from La Normal Glorieta to the Aranzazu and San Francisco churches. 

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Faith & Fun at Feast of St. Sebastian

-1 DAYS AGO
Faith & Fun at Feast of St. Sebastian

Neighbors of upper Ajijic will honor San Sebastián, the barrio’s patron saint, on Friday, January 20. 

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Dog poisonings slack off, culprit still at large

-1 DAYS AGO

Ajijic residents concerned about the rash of apparently deliberate dog poisonings in recent months should be relieved to learn that no new cases have been reported since early December. 

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Don’t pay your taxes, protestors say

-1 DAYS AGO
Don’t pay your taxes, protestors say

Demonstrators picket outside a state tax collection center (recaudadora) in downtown Guadalajara Wednesday. 

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911 now in service in Jalisco

-1 DAYS AGO
911 now in service in Jalisco

The new 911 emergency hotline number has taken effect in Jalisco, although the 066 number will still be active for several months more.

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Mexico holiday calendar 2017

6 DAYS AGO
Mexico holiday calendar 2017

As you ring in the New Year and hang up the 2017 calendar, you may want to make note of major Mexican civic holidays, traditional festivities and special events that will come up over the next 12 months. 

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Delta-Aeromexico sign historic agreement

6 DAYS AGO
Delta-Aeromexico sign historic agreement

The U.S. Department of Transportation has authorized a trans-border alliance between Delta and Aeromexico that will benefit customers through the expansion of their destination schedules and more streamlined connections.

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Puerto Vallarta bypass now a priority

1 MONTHS AGO

Faced by the possibility of further federal budget reductions in 2017, Jalisco legislators are urging Governor Aristoteles Sandoval to give his commitment to building a “macrolibramiento” (ring road or bypass) around Puerto Vallarta.

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Hidden Beach tour guides get certified

3 MONTHS AGO

The Commission for Naturally Protected Areas (Conamp) has carried out workshops and accredited 173 guides who will be the only ones allowed to take tourists to the Playa del Amor (Hidden Beach) on the Marietta Islands off the Nayarit coast.

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Mexico pays its respects to Latin America’s eternal revolutionary

1 MONTHS AGO
Mexico pays its respects to Latin America’s eternal revolutionary

Both Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu will travel to Cuba this weekend to attend the funeral of Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban Revolution who died November 25 at the age of 90.

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Uncertainty will bruise Mexican currency, economy as Trump awaits coronation

2 MONTHS AGO
Uncertainty will bruise Mexican currency, economy as Trump awaits coronation

It’s a sad truth that when Mexico chooses a leader, few Americans could care less which party they belong to, what political viewpoints they represent or how this might impact their lives.

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Weak peso not all bad news for Mexico

14 DAYS AGO
Weak peso not all bad news for Mexico

It may not be music to the ears of the U.S. president-elect, but Mexican exports rose to their highest level ever in November, fueled by the weak peso.

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Interest rates rise for fourth time this year

1 MONTHS AGO

With the peso continuing to bleed amid the fallout from the U.S. presidential election result, the Banco de Mexico, Mexico’s Central Bank, Thursday raised its base interest rate by half a point to 5.25 percent – the fourth rate hike this year.

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Obituary - January 14, 2017

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituary - January 14, 2017

Susana Douglas

Beverly Doty Holmes (known at Lakeside as Susana Douglas) died peacefully at her home in Jaltepec on December 9, 2016 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer six months ago.  

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Obituary - December 24, 2016

21 DAYS AGO
Obituary - December 24, 2016

Sandra Brown Kingham

Sandra Brown Kingham died December 2 at the age of 73 in her home in Chapala after a long battle with leukemia. 

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Charros’ season ending in shame

21 DAYS AGO

They started so well, scoring 17 runs in their opening home game back in October.  But it’s been a downhill ride since then.

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Women’s soccer league planned

27 DAYS AGO

The Liga MX will launch a semi-professional national women’s soccer league in a bid to develop players to the level of other nations.

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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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