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Obituaries - August 20, 2016

Obituaries - August 20, 2016

Jaime Lopez-Balbontin

Jaime Lopez-Balbontin, a long-time California Central Coa...

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Entertainment Guide - August 27, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - August 27, 2016

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!  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Famed Mexican curandera inspires new musical work

6 DAYS AGO
Famed Mexican curandera inspires new musical work

For a unique musical experience head over to the Casa Museo Lopez Cotilla on Tuesday, August 23 for a free concert featuring local U.S. mezzosoprano Kimball Wheeler singing a world premiere piece inspired by legendary Mazatec curandera (native healer) Maria Sabina.

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‘History with humor’: An engaging homage to Mark Twain

-1 DAYS AGO
‘History with humor’: An engaging homage to Mark Twain

Presented August 23-28 by Lakeside Little Theatre (LLT) as a pre-season 52 fundraiser, “Mark Twain, Uncensored” was written by Ed Tasca and directed “showboat” style by Barbara Clippinger.

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Painters’ enclave thriving in Ajijic

20 DAYS AGO
Painters’ enclave thriving in Ajijic

Lake Chapala Painting Guild President Lois Schroff is eager to bring her group of painters into the limelight – especially painters new to the area. 

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Ribera Arts Review - August 27, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - August 27, 2016

Art show

Artist and art collector James Broehi is sponsoring a showing at the Centro Cultural Ajijic of 18 pieces of art found in Mexico and attributed by him to famous artists such as Millet, Manet, Degas, Homer, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Munch, Klimt, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Kirchner, Picasso, Rivera...

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Ribera Arts Review - August 30, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - August 30, 2016

Naked Stage Theatre

Georgette Richmond directs “Glorious,” written by Peter Quilter, running Friday, August 19 through Sunday, August 21. 

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At the Movies - August 27, 2016

-1 DAYS AGO

Jason Bourne

The CIA’s most dangerous former operative is drawn out of hiding to uncover more explosive truths about his past.

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At the Movies - August 20, 2016

6 DAYS AGO

Ben-Hur

The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother, an officer in the Roman army.

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Columns

Battling the hurdles of the ‘Killer Cave’ while discovering the charms of Santa Clara del Cobre

6 DAYS AGO
Battling the hurdles of the ‘Killer Cave’ while discovering the charms of Santa Clara del Cobre

Somehow the word reached the small community of cave explorers here in Jalisco: There’s an archaeologist in Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán trying to figure out how to accurately map a cave, and she needs help.

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Adela Breton, 19th century British artist and explorer of Mexico feted in England

14 DAYS AGO
Adela Breton, 19th century British artist and explorer of Mexico feted in England

In 1894, a man living near the famed ruins of Teotihuácan, 50 kilometers from modern Mexico City, discovered a small, pre-Hispanic house whose walls were covered with beautifully colored murals.

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Baffled by batteries? Here are some tips

6 DAYS AGO

People are often confused about batteries, and understandably so because there are many different types of batteries and each has its own different characteristics. 

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A legal issue for our times: Encryption on smart phones

1 MONTHS 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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VIEWPOINT: Pothole politics & ‘velocity patching’

28 DAYS AGO
VIEWPOINT: Pothole  politics & ‘velocity patching’

When Guadalajara Mayor Enrique Alfaro began to speak about baches at a press conference this week, I was rather hoping he would announce a contest – with a new car as the prize – to identify the biggest pothole in the city. 

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A band rises through ‘force of will,’ makes the big time

1 MONTHS AGO
A band rises through ‘force of will,’ makes the big time

Thousands of bands all over the world spend years perfecting their craft and never get the chance to walk out on a prestigious stage in front of a large audience.

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

1 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

1 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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Memories of floods and devastation

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Memories of floods  and devastation

From the Louisiana bayou to the mean streets of Guadalajara, it’s the time of the year that the topic of floods is grabbing front page headlines.

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Facing prejudice on this side of the border

6 DAYS AGO
Facing prejudice on this side of the border

Mexican folks as a whole express outrage at the racist remarks coming from the mouth of Donald Trump and similar feelings held by some of his supporters.

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Expat Living

Canadian mining CEO gives back to Mexico

-1 DAYS AGO
Canadian mining CEO gives back to Mexico

I have known Andrew Thomson from Toronto Ontario, Canada for several years having met him as CEO of Soltoro Ltd. which was then trading on the Toronto Venture Exchange, TSXV:SOL.

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Public bike system expands dramatically

6 DAYS AGO
Public bike system expands dramatically

Two years after its inception, Guadalajara’s public bicycle system, Mi Bici, inaugurated a huge expansion Thursday — a doubling of both the number of rentable bikes and the areas served.

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City Living - July 23, 2016

1 MONTHS 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

1 MONTHS 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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Hot bodies at ribera muscle show

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Hot bodies at ribera muscle show

Muscle men taking top honors at last weekend’s Mr. and Miss Ribera de Chapala competition were winners in the 80-kilo-plus division:

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Firefighting family feted

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Firefighting family feted

The Pincus family from upstate New York enjoyed special guest status at Chapala’s Firefighter’s Day festivities.

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Laguna Chapalac - August 27, 2016

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Laguna Chapalac - August 27, 2016

Garden Club

The Lake Chapala Garden Club enjoyed a huge turnout for its August 17 tour of Jack West’s garden featuring many varieties of Coleus. 

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Laguna Chapalac - August 20, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - August 20, 2016

Compost course

A practical course (in Spanish) on how to make garden compost is offered at the Centro Cultural Ajijic on Saturday, August 20. 

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Holiday fun in Puerto Vallarta

1 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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US Coast Guard lends a hand in Vallarta

3 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

5 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

5 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

4 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

5 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

5 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

5 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

4 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

4 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 August news from last 50 years

-1 DAYS AGO
Looking Back: A review of August news from last 50 years

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

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

1 MONTHS 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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Surf’s up in Michoacán

2 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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Al fresco dining at Pranzo Bisto

13 DAYS AGO

Pranzo Bistro is a popular restaurant and hang-out spot in La Floresta perhaps best known as a go-to place for al fresco dining. 

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Adelita’s: destination dining on a quiet San Antonio street

27 DAYS AGO

Adelita’s Bar & Grill, tucked away in the historic part of San Antonio Tlayacapan, offers great ambiance and some of the best dining experiences in the area.

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

3 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

8 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

4 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

4 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

Bullfighting season back at Nuevo Progreso

-1 DAYS AGO

Bullfighting returns to Guadalajara’s Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso with the novillera season for up-and-coming toreros

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Back to school – for some at least

7 DAYS AGO

Summer vacation is over! Most high school (prepa) and university students returned to classes this week, with primary and secondary institutions preparing to open their doors on Monday, August 22. 

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Shows of strength in Chapala

-1 DAYS AGO

Beefed up presence of security forces in the Chapala area over the past week is no cause for alarm, according to local authorities.

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Local kids go back to school

-1 DAYS AGO
Local kids go back to school

Chapala area schools hummed with activity this week as local students initiated studies for the 2016-2017 academic year on Monday, August 22.

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Tlaquepaque installs artistic homage to piggy banks

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Tlaquepaque installs artistic homage to piggy banks

Following on from last year’s dramatic umbrella montage, around 50 large pigs have taken up residence in the center of Tlaquepaque.  

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Jalisco joins HeforShe gender equality initiative

6 DAYS AGO
Jalisco joins HeforShe gender equality initiative

The Jalisco state government this week signed up to the United Nations’ HeforShe initiative to promote gender equality around the world.

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Trump poll numbers crucial to peso’s stability, experts say

7 DAYS AGO
Trump poll numbers crucial  to peso’s stability, experts say

Mexico’s currency continued its slow recovery this week, hitting a three-month high of 17.9 to the U.S. dollar Tuesday.  

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Most schools decline shorter calendar year

14 DAYS AGO

Only 813 primary and secondary schools in Jalisco out of 11,298 have taken the option of reducing the number of work days in the coming school year.

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Kids with cancer swim with dolphins

1 MONTHS 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

3 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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How does your waste generation match averages?

6 DAYS AGO

Are you below or above average in waste generation? If you have the time or inclination (and a suitable device), why not weigh the trash you throw out each day.

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Del Toro’s ghoulish monsters on exhibit in Los Angeles

20 DAYS AGO
Del Toro’s ghoulish monsters on exhibit in Los Angeles

Fans of Guadalajara-born film director Guillermo del Toro who happen to be in Los Angeles this fall should head over to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see an exhibit featuring around 600 spooky monsters and objects from the filmmaker’s private collection.

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

2 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

2 MONTHS AGO

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

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Obituaries - August 20, 2016

6 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - August 20, 2016

Jaime Lopez-Balbontin

Jaime Lopez-Balbontin, a long-time California Central Coast resident, died in Guadalajara on Thursday, August 11, after suffering a severe and sudden stroke. 

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Obituaries - August 13, 2016

14 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - August 13, 2016

Patricia Joanne Moir

Patricia Joanne Moir died July 20 in San Jose del Cabo, Baja California. 

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Mexico wins a bronze but gloom persists in Rio

7 DAYS AGO

Boxer Misael Rodríguez, 22, won Thursday what could turn out to be Mexico’s only medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. 

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World’s top athletes gear up for greatest challenge

28 DAYS AGO
World’s top athletes gear up for greatest challenge

A Mexican delegation of 126 athletes will march proudly behind the national flag at the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games on Friday, August 5, at 6 p.m.

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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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