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Rules for Americans wanting to live in Mexico legally

Jun
4,
2010
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Mexico US Embassy

Mexico US Embassy

The new immigration law in Arizona has caused quite a stir across the country, even though nearly 73% of Americans polled say they approve of the new law and would like to see a similar one in their own states.  Arizona stands on the grounds that if the Federal Government refuses to do something about the problem with illegals coming across the border, then they had to take the matter in their own hands.  Those who have crossed over into the U. S. illegally, living and working here, continue to voice their opinion on what they call an illegal law.

What if the circumstance were reversed?  If an American citizen wants to live and work in Mexico, what procedures must they follow?  With their permission, here is an email from an American citizen who lived and worked in Mexico for five years, and the rules and regulations that they had to abide by while being in their country:

“I spent five years working in Mexico. I worked under  a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it  for three more months. After that you were working  illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks  waiting on the FM3 approval.

“During that six months our Mexican and U.S. attorneys  were working to secure a permanent work visa called a  ‘FM3′. It was in addition to my U.S. passport that I
had to show each time I entered and left the country.   My wifes’ was the same, except hers did not permit her  to work.

“To apply for the FM3, I needed to submit the  following notarized originals (not copies):

  1. Birth certificate.
  2. Marriage certificate.
  3. High school transcripts and proof of graduation. College transcripts for every college I attended and  proof of graduation.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had  worked for at least one year.
  5. A letter from my home town Chief of Police indicating  that I had no arrest record in the U.S.  and no outstanding  warrants and, was “a citizen in good standing”.
  6. Finally, I had to write a letter about myself  that clearly stated why there was no Mexican citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico.

“All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations, and our signatures notarized. It produced a  folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side  & Spanish on the right.”

“Once they were completed, my wife and I spent about  five hours, accompanied by a Mexican attorney, touring  Mexican government office locations and being photographed  and fingerprinted at least three times at each location, and we remember at least four locations where we were  instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law  and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences. We could not protest any of the  government’s actions or we would be committing a  felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and  bribes to complete the process. When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by U.S. Customs in Laredo, Texas. This meant we had rented  furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that my company paid.”

“We could not buy a home and were required to rent at  very high rates and under contract and compliance with  Mexican law.”

“We were required to get a Mexican driver’s  license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged  for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters  location with their photography and fingerprint equipment  and the laminating machine. We showed our U.S. license,  were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee. We did  not take a written or driving test and never received  instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction  was to never give a policeman your license if stopped and  asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you  would have to pay ransom to get it back. “

“We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The  company’s Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. It was about twenty legal size pages annually.”

“The FM3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees.”

“Leaving the country meant turning in the FM3 and  certifying we were leaving no debts behind and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens)  before our household goods were released to customs.”

“It was a real adventure and if any of our Senators or Congressmen went through it once they would have a different  attitude toward Mexico.”

“The Mexican government uses its vast military and  police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their capitol or  government offices, but do protest daily in front of the United States Embassy. The U.S. Embassy looks like a  strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the  Mexican military surrounds the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect  the Embassy. These protests are never shown on U.S. or  Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street  where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a  protest such as proposed law changes in California or Texas.”

Quite a different story when the tables are turned . . .


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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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