Temporary resident to Permanent

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, July 13, 2020, 18:56 (22 days ago) @ Ernie Gorrie

My situation was different, but it might reflect the stringency that was/is placed on moving from temporary resident status to permanent resident status.

I had 15 years of FM3/temporary status. I applied for my permanent resident status. It was supposed to take two weeks. I had to surrender my temporary resident status document to obtain the permanent resident status. The permanent resident status was approved in the two weeks.

A hurricane came up the coast. It knocked out bridges between Acapulco (where the card was produced) and Zihuatanejo. I had to personally sign to obtain the permanent resident card. I also had to leave for Canada to get back to work.

Migracion issued me a special permit to exit Mexico. They notified me when the card arrived in Zihuatanejo a week or two later. I had something like six or seven weeks to pick up the card or it would be cancelled and I would have to start by applying for temporary resident status again and going through five years of that status.

So I left Vancouver Island on a Wednesday after work, flew to Zihuatanejo on a 6:00 a.m. flight Thursday, went to migracion on Friday morning and signed a piece of paper to get my permanent resident card, slept on Saturday, flew back to Vancouver on Sunday arriving at midnight, and on Monday morning took the 6:45 a.m. ferry back to Vancouver Island.

I learned that if you tell people at work you went to Mexico for the weekend, you don't get any sympathy. :)

Is that the time I had your medicinal mezcal waiting for you? ;-)


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