If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you might have noticed that I generally keep my articles short — around 600 words or less. I personally hate to read long-winded articles, so I certainly don’t want to be responsible for writing them myself.
Whenever I’m writing about a more complex topic, like immigration law, it can be quite challenging to keep the article that short. I often surpass the 600 word mark and then go back and do some creative editing.
That is what happened while I was writing yesterday’s article, If You Do This, the Mexican Government Will Cancel Your Temporary or Permanent Resident Card.
The original draft was around 850 words, so I omitted a section that contained some useful tips from an immigration specialist that I consulted while researching the topic. Even though the tips didn’t make the main article, I thought that they were worth sharing in a supplemental post.
Tips from a Professional
1. If you get to the airport and you realize that you’ve forgotten your resident card at home, cancel or reschedule the flight and go get it. Of course this only applies to international flights, not domestic.
2. If you lose your resident card while abroad, go to a Mexican Consulate for assistance.
3. If you arrive in Mexico and you cannot find your card, tell the INM agent what happened and request a “regularización de situación migratoria”. Do not enter as a tourist!
If you enter as a tourist and INM cancels your resident card, you only have two choices:
1. Return to your country of origin and start the process over at a Mexican Consulate.
2. Stay in Mexico and apply for a new visa as a financial dependent of a family member who has a resident card (e.g. spouse).
Let’s Wrap This Up
Within hours of publishing yesterday’s article, my virtual mailbox was full of questions from readers asking a wide variety of questions related to Mexican immigration law. The majority of these questions would best be answered by a professional.
I have found that many future expats are hesitant to seek professional legal assistance because they think it will be too expensive.
If we were in the U.S. where immigration attorneys make hundreds of dollars an hour, that would be true, but here in Mexico, that is not the case. Legal assistance is actually quite affordable here.
When Linda and I got our resident cards, we did everything ourselves because I was under the mistaken impression that hiring a lawyer in Mexico would be too expensive. Everything went well but if I had to do it all over again, I would definitely hire someone else to do it. It would have freed me up to do more important things — like go to the beach.
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