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Transparency ATM unveiled

2 Days Ago
Transparency ATM unveiled

Maintaining his promise to make public service more transparent and accountable, Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval last week inaugurated an “electronic kiosk” where the general public can directly access information pertaining to state government finances.

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The taco that goes on and on and on

9 Days Ago
The taco that goes on and on and on


Guadalajara set a Guinness record Sunday with a 2,757-meter cochinita pibil taco, beating the previous record of 1,900 meters. Prepared by 300 volunteers coordinated by a team of chefs from the state of Yucatan, the taco was laid out on tables outside the landmark Cabañas Institute.

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Chapala’s Avenida González Gallo project bulldozes ahead

2 Days Ago
Chapala’s Avenida González Gallo project bulldozes ahead

The bottom to top reconstruction of the southern leg of Chapala’s Avenida González Gallo is moving forward at a snail’s pace due to the complexity of the work, according to project supervisor Javier Rodriguez. 

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New public officials take up duties in Chapala

2 Days Ago
New public officials take up duties in Chapala

With just seven months left in his administration, Chapala Mayor Joaquín Huerta has finally hired a well-qualified professional to head up the city hall press and public relations office.

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Legislator seeks to outlaw smoking & driving

2 Days Ago

Talking on the phone and texting at the wheel aren’t the only “no-nos” that can distract drivers and provoke accidents, some Jalisco state legislators are pointing out.

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Vallarta has its own “Crocodile Dundee”

23 Days Ago
Vallarta has its own “Crocodile Dundee”

Recently videos posted online show a man feeding and petting crocodiles in the Boca Negra estuary in the area between the Airport and the mouth of the Rio Ameca on Banderas Bay in Puerto Vallarta. He has even invited tourists to mount crocodiles and have their photo taken. 

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US agents to carry guns in Mexico?

2 Days Ago

The government wants to allow foreign immigration and customs agents to carry arms while in the country, an issue that has historically been a source of tension with the United States.

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Hay literature festival cancels Veracruz event

9 Days Ago

The Hay Festival of literature and arts has cancelled its event in Veracruz in protest against the failure to protect freedom of expression in the state. Organizers of the event said that 800 writers around the world had contacted them asking for the cancellation, following a spate of attacks on jou...

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Popular San Pancho Music Festival turns 15

9 Days Ago
Popular San Pancho Music Festival turns 15

The annual three-day San Pancho Music Festival returns for its 15th year in the beach town of San Francisco, Nayarit. As always there is no charge to the public. It is entirely supported by the contributions of local and international recording artists, and donations from those in attendance are alw...

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PV writers’ conference set for March 6-8

1 MONTH Ago

If there is a book inside you bursting to get out, the ninth Puerto Vallarta Writers’ Conference will be the place to release it.

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Death of Michoacan migrant highlights issue of US police violence against Mexicans

2 Days Ago

A video circulating online shows a Mexican man running from three police officers in Pasco, Washington. He turns to face them and surrender as they open fire, killing him instantly. 

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Bill Clinton apologizes to Mexico for the war on drugs

9 Days Ago
Bill Clinton apologizes to Mexico for the war on drugs

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton met with President Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City and made a surprise apology during his address.
In a speech to an audience of students, entrepreneurs and reporters, Clinton apologized for the impact of his anti-drug policies on Mexico.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, February 26, 2015

2 Days Ago

 Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 43,802.07 a decrease of 1,251.58 points from Thursday, February 19, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was up at 2.90 percent from Thursday, February 19, 2015.

–Bank Interest paid on 28-day 10,000 to 50,000 peso Promis...

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, February 19, 2015

9 Days Ago

Financial indicators as of Thursday, February 19, 2015

–Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,053.65 a increase of 1,120.39 points from Thursday, February 12, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was up at 2.83 percent from Thursday, February 12, 2015.

–Bank In...

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Obituary – Bill McConnaughey

9 Days Ago
Obituary – Bill McConnaughey

Well-known lakeside Tai Chi instructor and Focus on Mexico backbone and consultant Bill McConnaughey died December 26 in his Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos home. 

Born August 5, 1941, in Clinton, Missouri, McConnaughey discovered the world during his formative years while living with an uncle i...

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Obituaries – Dryden Jones, Michael Hainsworth, Aida Texter

1 MONTH Ago
Obituaries – Dryden Jones, Michael Hainsworth, Aida Texter

Dryden Jones

Dryden Jones died January 14 at his home in La Floresta at the age of 92. Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 14, 1923. In the spring of 1942 he was accepted at Harvard Collage but in November of 1942 he asked for a leave of absence to join the military. Jones became a pil...

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Charros’ US pitcher lands baseball award

2 Days Ago
Charros’ US pitcher lands baseball award

It may be the off-season in baseball’s Mexican Pacific League (LMP) but the Guadalajara-based Charrros de Jalisco are continuing to make headlines after finishing runners-up to the Tomateros de Culiacan in their debut campaign. 

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Tapatio golfer making strides on PGA Tour

9 Days Ago
Tapatio golfer making strides on PGA Tour

Guadalajara golfer Carlos Ortiz has notched up his second best result in his fledgling PGA career with an 11th-place finish in the Farmer's Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.

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Expat Living

2015 closings at US, Canadian diplomatic missions

2 Months Ago

The United States Embassy and Consulates in Mexico will close on the following dates: January 1 and 19; February 2 and 16; March 16; April 2 and 3; May 1, 5, 10 and 25; July 3, September 7 and 16; October 12; November 2, 11, 16 and 26; December 25. The Canadian Embassy and Consulates in Mexico will ...

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City Living - February 27, 2015

2 Days Ago
City Living - February 27, 2015

Foodie group

A year ago a group of expats in Guadalajara decided to get together once a month for an informal themed pot-luck to share home-cooked entrees and desserts in the pleasant surroundings of the American Society (Amsoc).  No judges or competition were involved, just a community formed...

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City Living - February 21, 2015

9 Days Ago
City Living - February 21, 2015

American School musical 

A troupe of 90 young performers are bringing the English musical “Honk!” to the stage of the American School of Guadalajara, highlighted by budding lyric soprano Maria Contreras and 13-year-old baritone Tim Willing — and by ASFG theater teacher Stacy Ohrt-Billingslea, ...

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Chapala DAR chapter hosts national conference

2 Days Ago
Chapala DAR chapter  hosts national conference

Members of the Chapala chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted the 39th Annual Mexico Conference at the Real de Chapala in Ajijic from Friday, February 20 to Tuesday, February 24. Lynn Young, the president-general of the National Society of the DAR, and more than 60 delegates an...

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Love birds in the limelight

2 Days Ago
Love birds in the limelight

Felicidades to Georgie McCarty and Stan Standring, who are finalizing plans to tie the knot in May. Stan surprised his future bride by formally popping the question during the Valentine’s Karoake night gathering at Mama’s Bar held on Friday, February 13. After slipping a sparkly engagement ring on...

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Laguna Chapalac – February 27, 2015

2 Days Ago
Laguna Chapalac – February 27, 2015

Sunday movie

A dramatic recreation of the financial meltdown of 2008, “Too Big to Fail,” will be the first of eight films in the Sunday Afternoon at the Movies series, sponsored by the Lake Chapala Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico.

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Laguna Chapalac – February 21, 2015

9 Days Ago
Laguna Chapalac – February 21, 2015

Bilingual Toastmasters

Arturo Gutierrez took first place at a Spanish speech contest at the Monday, February 16 meeting of the Lake Chapala Bilingual Toastmasters Club. Marrisa Urrutia and Carmen Guzman ranked second and third. Gutierrez will represent the local group at a regional competition in G...

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

16 Days Ago

As aspiring writers well know, authoring a book is one thing, getting it published is another.

An opportunity to bridge that gap will be offered at the Puerto Vallarta International Writers Conference at Bibioteca Los Mangos March 6-8. Evelyn Bryne of White Bird Publications will be attending to gi...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

3 Months Ago
Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

After more than two decades wintering and living on the Jalisco coast, Barbara McKinley Morrison has used her experiences to pen her first novel.

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North Banderas Beat - February 27, 2015

2 Days Ago
North Banderas Beat - February 27, 2015

For people & pets

Paws and Claws, the pet spay/neuter committee of Amigos de Bucerias, held their annual Pet Picnic on Valentine’s Day, while another local civic group, Siempre con la Gente,sponsored a Walk With Your Pet event.

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North Banderas Beat - February 14, 2015

16 Days Ago
North Banderas Beat - February 14, 2015

New golf course

Construction of a new 18-hole golf course in Nuevo Vallarta designed by Greg Norman has been going on for less than six months, but already five holes are completed. 

According to developers Vidanta Golf, the first nine holes should be ready for play in May.
The second nine h...

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La Manzanillo Memo – February 21, 2015

9 Days Ago
La Manzanillo Memo – February 21, 2015

Lending Library Project

A few winter seasons ago Susan O’Riley discovered La Manzanilla for the first time. That first season was spent getting to know the village, the local nonprofits and community projects.  She thought La Manzanilla would be the perfect place to set-up a library.  She...

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La Manzanillo Memo – February 7, 2015

23 Days Ago
La Manzanillo Memo – February 7, 2015

La Manzanilla’s Supper Club

A few weeks ago I received a small flyer inviting me to, La Manzanilla’s First Supper Club. The flyer let me know I could expect exquisite Mexican cuisine, the date and time, and a phone number to call to reserve my spot. No information about the sender or location was g...

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Barra de Navidad and Melague Journal – February 27, 2014

2 Days Ago
Barra de Navidad and Melague Journal – February 27, 2014

Movers and Shakers

At a “standing room only” February 11 town hall meeting, engineer Francisco Alvarez of Uretek gave a PowerPoint presentation about the ongoing Barra de Navidad beach renovation project. 

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Barra de Navidad a Melague Journal

1 MONTH Ago
Barra de Navidad a Melague Journal

True Wealth

A wealth of experience gathered Wednesday January 22nd, 9 a.m. as it does all year round, at the Cabo Blanco Hotel in the heart of Barra de Navidad. Teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, parents and partners filled the seats of the Costalegre Rotary Club breakfast meeting. The invisible bon...

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 21, 2015

9 Days Ago
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 21, 2015

Quacks Abound

It is all about fun, food and friendship at the Sixth Annual Duckaton Fundraiser for SETAC (Solidaridad Ed Thomas). You’ll enjoy live music and entertainment, free food, open bar and great prizes, all for a good cause.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 7, 2015

23 Days Ago
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 7, 2015

Expat Parties

Get in touch with other expats living in Puerto Vallarta. There are about 50,000 of them so there are plenty of people to meet. The ExPats in Vallarta events give everyone a venue to ask questions because many others have already done what you need to do and are willing to help. This ...

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Arts & Entertainment

Bernardo Bertolucci at the 30th Guadalajara International Film Festival

9 Days Ago
Bernardo Bertolucci at the 30th Guadalajara International Film Festival

Renowned Italian film director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci will be the star celebrity at the 30th Guadalajara International Film Festival, scheduled from March 6 to 15.

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French artist’s drawing exhibition awakens more than sarcasm

1 MONTH Ago
French artist’s drawing exhibition awakens more than sarcasm

On a weekday afternoon, the crowd viewing “El Gusto del Trazo” (The Pleasure of the Line) couldn’t match the one at the Louvre, yet a respectable stream of mostly young people, even a skateboard-toting couple, flowed through the graceful Ex Convento del Carmen in downtown Guadalajara scrutinizing th...

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Author pens first volume on local history

2 Days Ago
Author pens first volume on local history

Local author Zaida Cristina Reynoso Camacho this week released the first of three volumes she is writing on the history of the Chapala area, drawn from the collection of documents she oversees as director of the municipal archives.

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Bubbly, versatile entertainer lays on the charm

2 Days Ago
Bubbly, versatile entertainer lays on the charm

Last week’s very different concerts by Jeffery Straker, in aid of Niños Incapacitados, were enormous fun and extremely well received. Audiences were even persuaded to join in, clapping in time and copying various sounds sung by Straker, which they did with gusto at Ajijic’s Auditorio de la Ribera.

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Ribera Arts Review - February 27, 2015

2 Days Ago
Ribera Arts Review - February 27, 2015

Writers & Readings

Area writers and poets will present readings of their work at another Squeaky Wheels session at La Rueda in San Juan Cosalá on Wednesday, March 4, 3:30 p.m. The advance program includes Bonnie Phillips presenting a 20-minute reading. Reading shorter pieces will be Sandy Olson...

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Ribera Arts Review - February 21, 2015

9 Days Ago
Ribera Arts Review - February 21, 2015

ECA in Chapala

A display, sale and demonstration of regional crafts, art and candies will be held on the Chapala malecon from Friday, February 20 through Sunday, February 22. Vendors will be selling clothing and fashion accessories, textiles, leather and decorative items, as well as original artwor...

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At the Movies - 50 Shades of Grey

2 Days Ago
At the Movies - 50 Shades of Grey

A big screen version of the initial book in the series, has Anastasia Steele, an English Lit major on the verge of graduation.

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At the Movies - The Theory of Everything

2 Days Ago

A biopic of the celebrated scientist Stephen Hawking. Enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge, Hawking establishes himself as one of the leading minds of his generation, and begins to win the heart of Jane.

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Columns

How many uses can you find for an empty bottle? Tonala recyclers count the ways

2 Days Ago
How many uses can you find for an empty  bottle? Tonala recyclers count the ways

Recycling is a watchword among ecologically oriented people, but in most cases it means melting or grinding up metals, plastics and paper products to produce more metal, plastic and paper products. Tonala artisans Miguel and Ara Camacho, however, believe in recycling with more imagination and style....

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Aztec ‘superfood’ makes comeback

9 Days Ago
Aztec ‘superfood’ makes comeback

My neighbor, Rodrigo Orozco, is growing something green and slimy in four big vats in his back yard. Because he is also raising 5,000 tarantulas (to outfox poachers) I wondered what sort of swamp creatures I might see crawling out of those vats, but Rodrigo assured me he was simply helping to reintr...

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South of North - Two species of illiteracy, both gravely handicapped in hidden ways, create intricate tangles of confusion, frustration

2 Days Ago

December 10, 2008, an intriguing, romantic and tragic German-American film titled “The Reader” was released.  It was produced by two great film-makers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack, both of whom died before it was released.  Ralph Fiennes and Kate Winslet starred.  It remains a...

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South of North: The lives of non-saints, or presidential optimism – speculative, dramatic, preposterous and flailing

9 Days Ago

President Enrique Peña Nieto visited China, Australia and the United States after the disappearance of the 43 students in the village of Iguala, Guerrero.  As public pressure forced him to meet with the students’ families, he insisted the encounter take place not in Guerrero, but in presidentia...

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Knowing the difference between an INsecure site and a NONsecure site

23 Days Ago

Online security is a subject about which many more people are now aware even though most internet users lack much understanding in this area. That is not a criticism; after all, one does not have to understand computerized electronic fuel-injection systems in order to drive an automobile. There are ...

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Google blocks Spanish news in response to laws targeted at ‘aggregators’

1 Months Ago

Happy New Year 2015 is not starting out as such a Feliz Año Nuevo for many Spanish speakers around the world.  Two weeks ago Google announced the shutdown of news reporting in Spain due to a new law that went into into effect January 1 in the Iberian nation.  Google now omits news reports ...

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The ‘d’ word: preparing for death

2 Days Ago

Here’s a topic most people want to avoid – death. In this community with its higher than normal percentage of folks of a certain age, conversations fill with euphemisms in order to avoid the “d” word as we learn that someone has been “lost.” Now that is a bad choice of words. The location of the dec...

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Tolerance and patience

9 Days Ago

It’s the end of February and thankfully lakeside is overflowing with winter visitors. The annual boost to the local economy is, as always, so anticipated and welcome. Still, with the stores, restaurants, events and streets filled to capacity, we all need an extra dose of patience. 

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – February 27, 2014

2 Days Ago

My daughter recently posted two pictures on Facebook from our weekend trip to the colonial era town of Guanajuato. The first one was of her holding her smiling three-year-old on top of a mountain lookout. The second one was of her husband walking away from the lookout carrying the screaming and kick...

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – February 21, 2014

9 Days Ago

I had an embroidered blouse that I wore nearly every other day during my college years in the early seventies. White cotton with blue embroidery around the wide neckline, it was loose fitting and comfortable and always made me feel a little exotic. It may or may not have come from Mexico, but I alwa...

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Mexican Lifestyles

QUIZ: 20 questions on 2014: What can you remember?

1 Months Ago
QUIZ: 20 questions on 2014: What can you remember?

How closely were you following the pages of the Guadalajara Reporter – and Mexican and international news in general – last year? Take our New Year quiz and see what kind of news addict you are. 

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Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

2 Months Ago
Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

In offering tours of substance to Lakeside residents, the husband-and-wife team of Rosie Cepeda and Carlos Alfaro bring some uncommon experience.
With her background as a high-school chemistry teacher in northern Mexico, Cepeda’s interest in natural sciences and education shows.

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Tlalpu-what? The little town in Michoacan that foiled the grinch

2 Months Ago
Tlalpu-what? The little town in Michoacan that foiled the grinch

Can anyone think of a happy story connected with mining? Apart from the occasional strike-it-rich tale (generally plagued by unexpected barbs of misfortune), the world brims with tragic accounts of mining-related greed, exploitation, danger, slave labor, disasters, strikes, illnesses and poverty.

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Sugary, oblong Three Kings Day cake includes a small plastic surprise

1 Months Ago
Sugary, oblong Three Kings Day cake includes a small plastic surprise

A special culinary treat customarily served on January 6 is the rosca de reyes – a sweet bread shaped in round or oblong form and decorated with jewel-like candied fruits to resemble a crown. Bakers slip tiny plastic figures shaped like infants into the dough before popping the bread in the oven.&nb...

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Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

3 Months Ago
Hunting down the best fish tacos in GDL

Ask any two Tapatios where to find the best fish tacos in Guadalajara and a long discussion is sure to ensue, with each extolling the virtues of his or her particular neighborhood haunt.

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

4 Months Ago

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the l...

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English-language book publisher in Mexico announces changes

4 Months Ago

Editorial Wisemaz, the only full-service English-language book publisher in Mexico, announces a reorganization designed to clarify the company’s mission and streamline sales and distribution in the United States and Canada.

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Weighing up the risks of common medications

3 Months Ago
Weighing up the risks of common medications

With some public health experts warning about the overuse of antibiotics and vaccines, many individuals struggle with uncertainty when faced with situations that call for their use.

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Vaccines: An objective evaluation

3 Months Ago
Vaccines: An objective evaluation

There are two questions that many people ask themselves about vaccines: “Are they safe?” and “Do they work?”

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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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