Mexican Immigration

by Blanq, Friday, April 06, 2018, 19:24 (107 days ago)

Hello,

I am a gringo strongly considering moving to Zihuatanejo and marrying my local girlfriend. I have visited the INM website and have tried to understand the legalization process. From what i can tell, i would only need to submit my tourist visa, passport, her IFE and a marriage certificate. Does anyone have experience in this area? If so, please share.

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by Talley Ho @, Friday, April 06, 2018, 22:02 (107 days ago) @ Blanq

It's very easy to do in your home country at the Mexican Consulate. VERY easy. It can be done in Mexico, but there are a lot of hoops to jump through.
We e-mailed our local consulate in California and they took care of basically everything, it took an hour at their location and 30 minutes in Zihuatanejo, and it was done. Good Luck!

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by HolyMole @, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 00:37 (106 days ago) @ Talley Ho

No longer any proof of income required? No police reports of good character?

I'd suggest getting into Mexico fast, before Trump has so po'd Mexico that they retaliate with measures that make immigration as difficult as possible for gringos.

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by Talley Ho @, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 16:49 (106 days ago) @ HolyMole

Proof of net worth was required, but nothing saying we were good humans!

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by HolyMole @, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 17:42 (106 days ago) @ Talley Ho

I'll take your word for it that you and Mrs. Tally Ho are good humans. (Insert Smiley Face here.....which isn't working for me)

When we looked into emigrating a few years ago, the Mexican consulate in Vancouver required a letter from the police confirming we didn't have criminal records. Cost me $30 bucks apiece, and we didn't use them. But, as Jonathan Winters used to say, he was one of the few people around who had a letter confirming he was sane. Likewise, we can PROVE we're good humans. (Insert a winking Smiley Face here)

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Requirements for marriage to Mexicana

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 18:15 (106 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Proof of net worth was required, but nothing saying we were good humans!

It's called a Constancia de Antecedentes No Penales. It was a requirement for me years ago for my residency as well as for my Carta de Naturalización. It doesn't look like it's necessary just to get married. Even criminals can get married. B-)

It looks like these are the current requirements.
Autorización para que un extranjero pueda contraer matrimonio con mexicano

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by Blanq, Sunday, April 08, 2018, 08:22 (105 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Thanks Rob. Where did you find that - its dated 2010. Thanks

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, April 08, 2018, 09:39 (105 days ago) @ Blanq

Thanks Rob. Where did you find that - its dated 2010. Thanks

That's a document on the website for the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM). The date refers to its publication in the Diario Oficial which makes it law. But upon further investigation and double-checking it appears it's no longer the law and that no permission is now required from the INM or the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) for a foreigner to marry a Mexican. The only permission you need is to be in the country legally. You will need to have the proper documents for the Registro Civil to get your Acta de Matrimonio. If you plan on living and working here then you will want to get started ASAP on getting the proper permits beyond your tourist visa. You should be able to find the info that applies to you on the webpage linked below.

Here's where you get to put your Spanish speaking abilities to the test. ¡Olé! ;-)

https://www.gob.mx/tramites/migracion-visa-y-pasaporte

I hope you find as much love, joy and happiness in your matrimony as my wife and I have in ours. We're still lunamieleros after almost 3 decades, more in love each day.
:dance:

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by Blanq, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 09:59 (106 days ago) @ Talley Ho

We arent married yet and she doesnt have a visa to come to the USA, so marrying here is not an option. Do you know of any "Perito Traductor Oficial” in Zihua? Thanks.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 11:29 (106 days ago) @ Blanq

We arent married yet and she doesnt have a visa to come to the USA, so marrying here is not an option. Do you know of any "Perito Traductor Oficial” in Zihua? Thanks.

If you ask nicely at the local Migración office they can give you a list of local official translators.

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by Hunter-MX ⌂ @, Troncones, Gro. Mexico, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 16:48 (106 days ago) @ Blanq

Your big surprise is going to come when you think you will be able to get a visa for her to enter the US after you are married. Unless you have a good amount of money, a LOT of time and immeasurable patience it won't happen. For me, it was easier to just give up and move here. Mexico welcomed me with open arms as the spouse of a National. I have permanent residency, can get citizenship and can work any job I choose. Almost 18 years later and I am glad it was our final decision.

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by Blanq, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 17:37 (106 days ago) @ Hunter-MX

A spousal visa, then greencard, would actually be very easy to obtain but that is not the route we want to take.

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by D-Loco, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 18:58 (106 days ago) @ Blanq

A spousal visa, then greencard, would actually be very easy to obtain....

Not from exeriences I've heard about over the last 8 years. Doable sure...easy...?

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by Talley Ho @, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 19:57 (106 days ago) @ Blanq

It can be done (at least before the current political climate), with an expensive attorney. The affordable ones can't seem to get the job done. It takes a significant amount of time. Hunter is correct-it's easier and better to just move here.

IF however, you want to take your spouse back to the US, DO THE PAPERWORK FIRST, before you are actually married. It's a bit easier.

Good Luck!

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by midalake @, Saturday, April 07, 2018, 20:31 (106 days ago) @ Blanq

A spousal visa, then greencard, would actually be very easy to obtain but that is not the route we want to take.

You are COMPLETELY mistaken. My lovely Canadian wife of 12 years will update her green card next year. If you "think" a wait of almost two years and $6,000 is "easy".

You ought to think again...........

D

PS we did not use an attorney...............

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by Hunter-MX ⌂ @, Troncones, Gro. Mexico, Sunday, April 08, 2018, 10:23 (105 days ago) @ midalake

And she is Canadian, Imagine for a Mexican. Don't you love it when you offer advice that comes from years of dealing with a difficult system and the person turns around and tells you you don't know what you're talking about? Thanks for the validation midalake.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, April 08, 2018, 12:56 (105 days ago) @ Hunter-MX

And she is Canadian, Imagine for a Mexican. Don't you love it when you offer advice that comes from years of dealing with a difficult system and the person turns around and tells you you don't know what you're talking about? Thanks for the validation midalake.

In all fairness and with all due respect, I don’t believe anyone disagreed with you. Blanc simply expressed his very subjective relative optimism. Hardly cause for gloating criticism, amigo.

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by colbyco9, Sunday, April 08, 2018, 14:39 (105 days ago) @ Hunter-MX

I married my Mexican husband June 2016. It was a surprise, as I thought we were going to city hall to see what papers I needed. Well with only my passport and USA drivers licence the deed was done.I sat there like the "Runaway Bride" wondering if I was ready! I stayed and said I do. We paid the fee, I think it was 11,000 ps. The office took photos, and clapped and everyone was happy! However, I needed to present a birth certificate, Apostilled, my next trip. Hunter is right, getting your spouse here is a nightmare. I have paid dearly to an immigration attorney, filled out papers, given documents, and on and on. Now, we are in the middle of the immigration turmoil and it is hopeless to think I can get my husband here. Even if we try just for a tourist visa, we may denied, because we are married and the government fears he may not return to Mexico. But i will keep trying.
The thing is, go for LOVE! All other things can be overcome.
I wish you ever happiness

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by Blanq, Monday, April 09, 2018, 07:41 (104 days ago) @ colbyco9

Did your birth certificate also need to be translated by a "Sworn Official Translator"? Also, was there any blood work or medical studies that needed to be done prior to the marriage?

Thank you.

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by Mexalberta @, Monday, April 09, 2018, 09:24 (104 days ago) @ Blanq

Our daughters husband is Mexican. They were married in PV. They had to have blood work for sure.
She came back to Canada with us and Raul went back to Mexico City with his parents.
We knew it would be faster for him to apply for Canadian Residency from outside the country. It took 83 days and we were picking up at our airport. The PR process for him was. Seamless and the total cost was below 1000.00 Canadian.
We did all of the paperwork. Easier than a tax return. Hope going the other direction becomes simple for you.

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by colbyco9, Monday, April 09, 2018, 15:19 (104 days ago) @ Blanq

I did not have my birth certificate translated.
Find out where to go in your city to get the Apostilla, in Chicago I went to the local state location and it cost a dollar.
No blood work or medical work necessary.