The latest Mexican Visa News

Today we spent the better part of the day (if there is such a thing in paradise) getting our fingerprints taken and paying the fee for our Residente Permanente visa – we think we are done. And we learned a couple of things.

We have it on good authority that NO ACTUAL VISA CARDS have been issued. This is for the entire country of Mexico. It seems the computer ‘chip’ embedded in the cards are not reliably readable – thus it appears it is back to the drawing board on this technology – at least here in Mexico.

The other bit of news – GOOD NEWS – is that existing foreign vehicles will remain legal when one obtains a Residente Permanente visa.  This question has been plaguing people.

We were told that no one knows how lomg it will be before working visa cards will be issued, “Perhaps a month?”

In the meantime having the paper that shows your NUT number should be kept with you at all times and will serve as your visa in the interim.

You heard it here first – maybe?

Stay Tuned!

  • Papa Chango

    Hi John,

    I’m just seem to be having major problems in posting a comment to your blog. This is the third time I’m trying.

    Thanks on your post about your visit to the IMN office today. It’s good news that foreign plated cars may be legal here for holders of residente permanente visas.

    In my case, I was able to apply for the visa without having to show bank financial statements. So it seems that everything is going smoothly.

    Good luck, amigo.

    Gary in Ajijic

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    Gary – Sorry about the comment posting problem. First I have heard of this.

    Here in Puerto they seemed to be sticklers about the financials. But then my Brother-in-law got away on that front having first filed in the United States. It seems that the ‘grandfather’ clause(s) are working. Sadly it is going to be tougher and more expensive for the newcomers.

    If ANYONE gets an actual card in their possession please let us all know. It seems to be at least a month away.

  • http://sparksmex.blogspot.com/ sparks

    When I hear that good news from Aduana … I’ll believe it. Also I thought Residente Permanente included the ability to work. Maybe that’s why they don’t know

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    Sparks – Residente Permanente does include being able to work. I believe the card problem is real as it came from a couple reliable sources – one being an official.

  • Steve Cotton

    I forwarded a post from the Morelia message board. It appears someone has a card in hand.

    And I certainly hope the car licensing issue works out. If not, I may take the Shiftless Escape north and sell it. Or give it to my brother.

  • mazbeach

    Also, cards have been issued out of Mazatlan for a month now.

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    This is good to know – thank you.

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    I heard from a paper pusher here in Puerto that those people with cars already in the country will remain the same – OK to have here. However I think this will no longer be the case for new applicants. As it has been brought up – the rules for this are not handled by INM. My information came from someone that helps foreigners get ‘papers’ including auto stuff.

  • mazbeach

    Boy I hope your friend is right about the cars. It would be such a pain to get my vehicle ready to sell and then to have to drive it north and find a buyer. If I could nationalize it I would, but it’s a 2006.

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    mazbeach – to be clear – The source of the information that foreign plated cars already in the Country will be allowed to stay for Residenete Permanate card holders is a facilitator. In other words an individual that assists foreigners with all the Mexican red tape – including getting cars registered and licensed etc.

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    mazbeach – to be clear – The source of the information that foreign plated cars already in the Country will be allowed to stay for Residenete Permanate card holders is a facilitator. In other words an individual that assists foreigners with all the Mexican red tape – including getting cars registered and licensed etc. I overheard her say she had this information from the Aduana on good authority.

  • Kim G

    Well, I guess with permission to work in hand, you can get back to building that bodega. Only now you’ll be on the right side of the law. ;-)

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Raleigh, NC
    Where it appears we are going to miss Boston’s blizzard of the century. Oh Darn!!!

  • http://sparksmex.blogspot.com/ sparks

    From a lawyer in Chapala
    ….
    Nothing has been officially published but lots of speculation and rumor. The only official letters come out of aduana in Mexico City so I had my law student employee call the department at aduana in Mexico City that deals with foreign plated cars. No new rules published yet but they told her that temporal can keep foreign plated cars and permanente must return their foreign plated cars to the border. So it looks like they are treating temporal like FM2 and FM3 and permanente like inmigrado which is how immigration was making them equivalent to.

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    Work! I don’t think so Kim.

    Where it appears the weather will be GREAT as usual. Sorry to rub it in mate.

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    Ouch! I am hoping my source has this on better authority.

  • http://sparksmex.blogspot.com/ sparks

    Just got an email notice that my Visa is ready for pickup. About a month like they said

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    You will be the first person I KNOW that has gotten a new card – Albeit Residente Temporal – no?

  • charlienmexico

    I just got a call from señora Dulce. I should come in Monday to pickup my card….???

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    Charlie – Cool! You and Sparks are the first we know getting cards. Both of you are Residente Temporal holders – but any card at this point. It was bound to happen sooner or later. By the way Dulce was the official that told us there was a card reader problem.

  • Andean

    Apparently, Yes, Kim.
    Don’t know about Boston, but some parts of Conn. apparently got 40inches. Many parts of NNJ, in the teens, was quite enough, and with the winds blowing and low temps., it is quite an icy adventure.

  • charlienmexico

    I picked up my card this morning

  • http://vivaveracruz.com/blog John Calypso

    Way to go Charlie – hopefully we are next!