There are some local expat webforum postings that include spicy imaginings that Permanent Residents are somehow magically not allowed to work in Mexico.
Fortunately, this is a tempest in their teapot: The May 2011 INM Law clearly stated that Residente Permanente card holders are given full rights to work. As a real-world example of how the Law works, I got my Residente Permanente card in May, was hired by UADY in July, and just received my first paycheck this August (Yaay!). And yes, the work that I do can be done by other Mexicans.
Gringos can speculate about whether US expats will be hired as Costco clerks, hypothetically taking jobs away from local Mexicans, but it is all just fun uninformed musings, based on out-of-date principles that do not apply. Proof? I am much enjoying returning to the portion of society that is paid for being productive.
If readers still don’t believe that Permanent Residents have the full right to work, then read the 2011 DOF records: LEY DE MIGRACION PARA MEXICO or New LEY DE MIGRACION PARA MEXICO in Spanish and focus on Article 162, and on Chapter 2, Article 52, Item IX and Transitorios, Sexto, I – VI amoung other items.
Ironically, this stuff has been published, widely publicized, and well known among people who follow immigration issues, since May 2011, so the local webforums are still great sources of misinformation masquerading as fact, even 2½ years later.
Further, as reported here before: Having a Residente Permanente card does NOT mean you are completely done with INM: INM does require R.P. card holders to report any changes in their Mexican address, changes in their Mexican work/earning status, or changes in Mexican employer.
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