Quintana Roo changes to Eastern Time – Matching NY City, Miami, Boston et al

Jan. 16, 2015
Adjusting our travel plans to Cancun or Q. Roo:
Quintana Roo (think Cancun) changes to Eastern Standard Time on Feb. 1, 2015 – so Yucatecans (and others on Central time – Mexico City time) should adjust their travel plans accordingly.

8:00 AM Yucatan => 9:00 AM Q. Roo time.

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Amnesty Announced for Foreigners in Mexico Illegally

Jan. 14, 2015
The good attorney Lic. Spencer McMullen has reported some good news for well-behaved non-criminal foreigners who are in Mexico illegally.   Here’s Spencer’s report:

New Regularization (Amnesty) Program for people illegally in Mexico
In Dec. 2014,  President Peña Nieto mentioned a program to regularize (offer amnesty) to people illegally in Mexico.   The programs details were published in the DOF (Mex. Gob. Daily Federal Register), on January, 12, 2015, taking effect on January 13, 2015.   The amnesty program lasts until December 18, 2015.

The program mentions nothing about paying fines nor having to show income to qualify.
Here is the publication in plain English:

ASSUMPTIONS
The present program applies to foreigners who entered Mexico before November 9, 2012 and on January 13, 2015 (for people who) find themselves living in the country with an irregular immigration status.

The aforementioned is when the foreigner does not fall into one of the following situations:

  1. Have a pending immigration request except those expressly canceled in order to participate in this program.
  2. Are in the process of an assisted return procedure or deportation
  3. Given false information or false documents to Immigration or authentic documents obtained fraudulently.
  4. People deported with reentry restrictions
  5. People with pending criminal charges or a criminal record
  6. People who compromise national security due to past criminal records
  7. People subject to express prohibitions dictated by a competent authority
  8. Having not complied with a deportation order during the program period
  9. Having an irregular immigration status after January 13, 2015

(or) Anything else covered by the Immigration law and its regulations.  In the cases of V and VI the authority will weigh the corresponding resolution attending to the principles of social redapatation, as well as those relative to family reunification.

REQUIREMENTS
Foreigners requesting their regularization per this program need to present the following in original and copy:

  1. Immigration form
  2. Request letter
  3. Passport
  4. Immigration document (in the event the person had one)
  5. One of the following documents that proves their residence in the country:

a. Airline tickets

b. Passport with entry stamp

c. Immigration document (in case the person was regular in Mexico)

d. Utility bills (light, water, phone, internet, TV, gas or any other utility)

e. Medical file, school records or rental contracts

f. Any other document issued by a public agency that shows the requestor has resided in Mexico or

g. Declaration signed by two people who know the person and state they have lived in the country for the time required.

The documents can be in the name of the person or their children, partner or spousal figure.

  1. Documents that prove their current residence (light, water, phone, internet, TV, gas or any other utility).
  2. Payment of regularization fees
  3. Copies of ID of people authorized to present papers.

PROCEDURE
The procedure for the person requesting the regularization of their immigration status is the following:

  1. Present documents at Immigration as mentioned prior where they will have a hearing on the spot or set the date for a future hearing.  The future date shall not be more than 10 business days after the papers are turned in.
  2. They will make a written record of the hearing and go over all the paperwork presented that proves what needs to be proved

Immigration then has 30 days to give a response.  If the response is positive then they shall issue a temporary resident document good for four years.

Once the person has the document they may request work permission as well as documents for family members.

For the issuance of the document the person will need the positive resolution, 2 copies of the format basico, 3 photos, and payment of fees.

Immigration may not arrest anybody who applies for the program due to their irregular status.

http://www.diariooficial.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5378303&fecha=12/01/2015

 Hope this helps !

Lic. Spencer McMullen is in Chapala, Mexico, and can be contacted at Chapalalaw.com

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Taking US-Titled Vehicles Out of the USA into Mexico

Jan. 14, 2015

http://www.mexconnect.com/cgi-bin/forums/gforum.cgi?do=post_attachment;postatt_id=1408;

As of March 14, 2013:
All American cars imported into Mexico by everyone must be formally exported from the USA, using the CBP export process. This effort was expanded to try to stop car thieves from moving stolen cars or parts across the border.

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Update on US CBP Requirements for Bringing US-Titled Cars into Mexico

Jan. 12, 2015
Jan. 2015 Update for Rules on US Vehicle/Car Imports into Mexico

The US Homeland Security CBP “Officer Program Manager of the Export Control Division” has sent an email to a Yucalandia reader, answering his questions about CBP’s rules for the 3 day formal Exporting Rules for US-titled vehicles, before bringing them into Mexico.

The US CBP email is published on Mexconnect’s forums, explaining CBP policies on how many American vehicles are required to go through the 3 day export before being imported into Mexico.   See “Playaboy”‘s original post, and the CBP email at:   http://www.mexconnect.com/cgi-bin/forums/gforum.cgi?post=203928;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread (Playaboy has been on the front lines of this issue,  running a business that legally takes US cars from Chapala to the US border for sale or processing for years).

Why pay attention to this?
The CBP official email describes some of the potential issues that  might  cause American citizens legal problems with CBP and Homeland Security.  Here is a summary of some of the legal issues for Americans   for both:   ~  permanent imports of American titled cars  and for  ~ temporary imports of American titled cars  (TIP cars)brought into Mexico:

  • The only part of CBP law on vehicle Export rules that is   “new”    is the Census Bureau filing requirements   regardless of dollar value and destination.
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  • US-titled  vehicles that are imported into Mexico or Canada must be first formally exported using the CBP’s 3-day inspection and investigation process at the US-Mexico border, prior to being taken into Mexico.
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  • These same rules have also applied for years to US vehicles taken into Canada – for people who want to read US Homeland Security / CBP  existing previous websites (described for taking vehicles into Canada) on the USA’s Vehicle Export policies.
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  • The US CBP acknowledges that the US Homeland Security system for tracking vehicles and exporting vehicles was previously not well-coordinated with Mexico’s import processes,   but now,  Homeland Security and Mexico have changed their systems to work together:
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  • Homeland Security now has electronic databases in place to track the movements of US-titled cars being taken out of the USA,  and
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  • Now,  Mexico’s Aduana requires that US vehicles imported into Mexico must have their US-titles officially cancelled by US CBP before Aduana will process them,   and
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  • Mexico’s Aduana is now sending US Homeland Security the Aduana’s electronic records of the US vehicles that are being brought into Mexico,
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  • The US Govt now has the ability to   enter our Passport numbers   or  names   or   VINs   into their database,   and potentially check whether we have taken a US-titled out of the USA,   and    imported it into Mexico    without previously completing the 3 day CBP export process at the border.
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  • This means that US Homeland Security databases and CBP now  also have the capability to track the “paper only” imports done inside Mexico, like Sonia & Canadian-John (of San Miguel Allende) and other auto brokers who do NOT take the US cars to the border – putting their US clients at risk.
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  • Since Sonia & Canadian-John’s and other’s “paper only” processes that have had no drives to the border,  include our vehicle VINs and our US passport information,   CBP now has the tools to easily find,   prosecute   and penalize Americans  who break US CBP / Homeland Security law.   *sigh*
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  • The US CBP Export process is needed to stop/limit  the car theft rings that operate on both sides of the US-Mexico border,  as the 3 day hold allows CBP to search all 50 states auto theft database records,  ferret out “salvage titles”  of vehicles that likely consist of stolen-car parts,  etc.  Again,   ordinary US citizens are inadvertently caught in the nets designed to stop criminals. …
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  • Once a US-titled vehicle has passed the 3 day VIN checks, motor checks, and background checks at the border,  the US CBP CANCELS THE TITLE…  and sends that information to the Mexican Aduana officials.
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There’s not much good news here for US citizens with US-titled cars that have been in Mexico for more than 12 months,  nor for US citizens who have gotten  ‘paper-only” imports from inside Mexico,   as US Homeland Security begins to enforce the laws they’ve had on the books for years,

This means that the routes and practices we used in the past,    processes that worked easily in the past,  are now subject to prosecution and fines.      (Just like what has happened in Mexico – shifting enforcement of the rules)  *bleah*

Finally,    once a US vehicle has been formally exported by CBP,   cancelling our US state title,   how do we get a new title to take the vehicle back into the USA ?

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For more details on importing cars and driving in Mexico, see our main article on importing cars at: Importing & Driving a Car in Mexico .
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IRS Changes 2015 Rules on IRA Rollovers

Jan 1, 2015:
A good friend offered this following important US Tax update:
“The US IRS (changed) the limit on the number of IRA rollovers on December 08, 2014.   The IRS announced that beginning January 1, 2015, you’ll be limited to only one IRA-to-IRA rollover within a 365-day period, no matter how many IRAs you have.

Previously, the IRS permitted one rollover per year for each IRA you owned.

Benefits of an asset transfer:
If you still want to move IRA assets, you may want to consider doing so via an asset transfer instead of an indirect rollover. Asset transfers aren’t affected by the rollover limit or subject to tax reporting.

With an indirect rollover, IRA proceeds are made payable to the owner, who has 60 days to deposit them into another (or the same) IRA. With an asset transfer, IRA proceeds move directly from one IRA custodian or trustee to another.

What’s staying the same:
This change doesn’t affect conversions from traditional to Roth IRAs. Rules for direct rollovers from an employer plan to an IRA also remain unchanged, and there are no limits on the number of direct rollovers you can make in any given year.

Also, you’ll still get tax forms to report your rollover activity. Both a direct rollover from an employer plan and one between IRAs will generate a Form 1099-R to report distributions and a Form 5498 to report rollover contributions into IRAs. ”

http://vanguard.com/pdf/ISGVEMO.pdf

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No More Monthly Mexican PEMEX Gasoline Price Increases for 2015

Jan. 2015 Update for 2015 PEMEX Prices
The Mexico Daily News has reported that:
“The finance secretariat advised in a prepared statement that prices now in effect — the December prices plus 1.9% — would be maintained throughout the year.     The news release also confirmed that the new prices are actually maximums — individual Pemex franchises will have the freedom to adjust their prices downwards to be more competitive if they wish.

Liquid propane also went up 1.9% yesterday, and that price as well will not be subject to any change in 2015.

Finance officials also made it clear that the price hike is less than the anticipated rate of inflation — 3% to 4% — for the coming year, thereby reducing the cost of fuel in real terms.

– See more at: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/yesterdays-gas-hike-1-9/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=FULL+STORY&utm_campaign=Email+Jan.+3#sthash.1q1ULzln.dpuf

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2015 INM Immigration Fees for Mexico

Dec. 30, 2014
Jan. 2015 Update for INM Fees
INM has announced their 2015 fees, per the latest updates in the DOF:

http://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5377721&fecha=30/12/2014

Residente Temporal Visa Permit Fees:
–  1 year => $3,519 pesos
–  2 years => $5,272 pesos
–  3 years => $6,678 pesos
–  4 years => $7,914 pesos

Regularization Fee: (Plus fines) => $1,124 pesos

Change Fees:
~ Changing from Residente Temporal to Residente Permanent => $1,124 pesos
~ The fee for family members or spouses to change from Visitante (tourist) to Residente
=> $1,124 pesos
~ Work permission change fee (from non-working temporary resident) => $2,642 pesos

Residente Permanent:  Visa cost => $4,289 pesos

Lost / Stolen / Damaged Document Replace​ment Fee:  $1,083 pesos

Permission to leave while document in process: (Travel Letter) $360 pesos

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