INM Amnesty Program for 2017

Oct. 15, 2016:
The ever-reliable Mexican lawyer, Lic. Spencer McMullen (of Chapala continues to monitor & translate Mexican law that affects foreigners, benefiting gringos across Mexico.  Here’s his latest update on a new INM Amnesty program for 2017:

“Regularization (Amnesty) Program for people illegally in Mexico for 2017

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 the amnesty program of 2015 will be brought back for the year 2017 and will apply from January 9, 2017 until December 19, 2017.  The first publication about the program was made in the Daily Federal Register on January 12, 2015 and lasted until December 18, 2015.  We saw how the National Immigration Institute applied the prior amnesty law so we now know their slight nuances as compared to the text of the law published.

This program mentions nothing about paying fines nor having to show income to qualify.

Here is the 2017 publication in plain English

The present program applies to foreigners who entered Mexico before January 9, 2015 and on January 09, 2017 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:

-Have a pending immigration request except those expressly canceled in order to participate in this program.
-Are in the process of an assisted return procedure or deportation
-Given false information or false documents to Immigration or authentic documents obtained fraudulently.
-People deported with reentry restrictions
-People with pending criminal charges or a criminal record
-People who compromise national security due to past criminal records
-People subject to express prohibitions dictated by a competent authority
-Having not complied with a deportation order during the program period

-Having been illegally in the country after January 9, 2017.
-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.


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

Immigration request form
Request letter stating desire to participate in program and explaining how they became illegally in the country.
Immigration document (in the event the person had one)
One of the following documents that proves their residence in the country prior to January 9, 2015:

-Airline tickets
-Passport with entry stamp
-Immigration document (in case the person was regular in Mexico)
-Utility bills (light, water, phone, internet, TV, gas or any other utility)
-Medical file, school records or rental contracts
-Any other document issued by a public agency that shows the requestor has resided in Mexico or
-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.

Documents that prove their current residence (light, water, phone, internet, TV, gas or any other utility).
Payment of regularization fees (fees can be waived in certain situations)
Copies of ID of people authorized to present papers.

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

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.
They will make a written record of the hearing and go over all the paperwork presented.

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 original positive resolution and a copy, 2 copies of the format basico, 3 photos, payment of fees.

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

Happy Trails

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Update on What to do if you lose your INM card

Sept. 15, 2016:
We wrote about the formal (past) procedures for what to do if you lose your INM card, especially when outside of Mexico.   The old details are at:  ”

Lost or Stolen Residente Permanente or Residente Temporal Card “

That previous post describes how to do it at a Mexican Consulate.
.Here’s a Fun New Alternative:
INM is NOW implementing a new system,  where the foreigner temporarily enters Mexico on a ‘tourist’ visitante visa,  and then goes immediately to their local INM office to get a replacement card.

Here’s the narrative of a person who recently successfully used the ‘new’ INM procedure:

The American lost both his CURP and Residente Permanente cards while in the USA.

Following the typical guidance from the SRE website, he went to a Mexican Consulate in Texas … but was not allowed into the Consulate  without an appointment.  He was told to go on line and request an appointment … but his flight was the next day, so he  just entered Mexico by air, explaining to the airport INM personnel that he had lost his RP card.

The INM people were quite nice, however, they said they could not let him into Mexico using his Permanente status without his card.  The INM agents at the airport explained  that he must enter Mexico (temporarily) using a VISITORs VISA…   They insisted that he would NOT lose his  Residente Permanente status if

~ He I went to his local INM office soon after arriving home in Mexico…  and

~ The INM border agents told him to request replacement card from his local INM office.

~  Then,  then INM agents at his local office should then call the airport (or border) INM office,   and

~ The airport INM would correct his visa entry status in the airport INM records.

Finally,  the fellow who lost his visa card explained how to go online and start the process of getting a replacement RP card,  before going to the local INM office:

  1.  Go online to  TramitesSelect:  Migracion visa y Pasaporte

    Select:   Condiciones y estancia en Mexico

    Select:   Reposicion de documento migratorio

    Reposicion de Documento Migratorio por Perdida, robo o Deterioro.

  2. Print out the form online & take it in to your local INM office.
  3. INM accepts your request for a replacement RP card form and starts the process by giving you a payment document to take to a bank to pay $1108 pesos for replacing the lost card.
  4. Go pay the fee at a bank, and take the payment confirmation firm from the bank, back to your INM office., along with the original form for requesting a replacement card, copy of your passport and the original, and the ‘visitors visa’ card from the airport (or border).He was given an appointment for an interview for the next day.

At the next day’s appointment,  the INM agent accepted the forms, along with the Visa that was given to him when entering at the airport showing he entered as a tourist.  The local INM agent explained that they were instituting new procedures so people don’t have to start the Permanente process all over again.

INM is now  treating the lost card as being lost in Mexico.  He is supposed to return in about a week to be finger printed and should have his new Permanente card in about two more weeks.

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A little mind candy

What do you live for ?

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Lost or Stolen Residente Permanente or Residente Temporal Card

Sept. 5, 2016:
When we travel, sometimes we lose our Residente Permanente or Residente Temporal cards, or they get stolen.  What can we do?

When in Mexico, you go to your INM office, and apply for a replacement.

Editor’s Note:  Note that there are some important updates that can include NOT going to a Consulate… reported at:

Update on What to do if you lose your INM card

Continuing with the post:
When traveling outside Mexico,  the problems mount,  especially because many Mexican Consulates do not know how to handle these things.  Fortunately,  the ever-conscientious lawyer Lic. Spence McMullen has done the heavy-lifting and describes what we should do.

If you lose your Mexican immigration card outside Mexico you need a special visa to enter Mexico, …  if you enter as a tourist then they will cancel your old temporary or permanent.**

You need a police report, photo, passport and payment of a small fee.

I have been fighting with many Mexican consulates as they do not know what to do, I have made a sheet from their own manual telling them how to help foreigners in this situation, if you need it, print this file and bring it with you to avoid suffering consequences in Mexico for their bad advice. “

**If you mistakenly allow yourself to enter as a tourist, then INM will cancel your old temporary or permanent.  This is a HUGE deal … a big mistake …  because it ultimately  forces the foreigner to go back to a Mexican Consulate outside Mexico,  and START ALL OVER, reapplying for a new RT or RP visa…

Instead, when you lose your RT or RP visa card, you must go to a Mexican Consulate,  and apply for a special travel document to present to the INM agent at the port of entry, which allows the foreigner to re-enter Mexico without being re-classified as a tourist.

We offer that link to the 2012 INM Ley de Migración pages on this,  because many Mex. Consulates are not familiar with the requirements.  Show them this page when you go to the Consulate, to help their process along.

Unfortunately, this process can take from 2 days to a week,  so you may miss your flight as a consequence of losing your RT or RP card.

It is tempting to think that if you carry notarized black & white copies of your INM card, that it would be sufficient to re-enter Mexico (after losing the RT or RP card).  Unfortunately,  the INM agents say “No copies will be accepted, only your “tarjeta de Migración” is the valid form of documention we want to see” …

I wish the news was better…  so this post is a word-to-the-wise about taking good care of your RT or RP visa card.

Also read

Update on What to do if you lose your INM card

for more details on ADDITIONAL NEW OPTIONS…

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A Snapshot of America…

The real America…


Whom do you stand with ?

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Web Seminar on Foreign Earned Income for US Overseas Taxpayers

June 27, 2016:

Laredo Consular Message:
“— On Mon, 6/27/16, <> wrote:

From: <
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers”
Date: Monday, June 27, 2016, 11:43 AM
1.     The  Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT.

2.     To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign  Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers or webinar link.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  The session will be recorded and made available at a later time on
or http://ca.m.state.sbu/sites/clearance/OCSClearanceQueue/Lists/Clearances/Attachments/985/

3.     The  webinar will cover: Requirements for claiming the foreign income exclusion
Identifying which form to use: Form 2555 or 2555-EZ Specifying information to include on
Form 2555 or 2555-EZ ….

Live Q&A with IRS subject matter experts.”

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Watch for New Generation Credit Card Skimmers … Walmart

June 25, 2016
Coming soon to a Walmart in your area …

There’s a whole new generation of credit card skimmers at Walmart et al that are surprisingly good…

Can you spot the fake…  from the real one?

Credit Card Skimmer


Because the thieves have to snap the skimmer mask over-top the real credit card reader,   the fake ~skimmer~  is a little wider, and a little taller.

Thanks to Krebs on Security for their ongoing excellent work…

Here’s a link to other card skimmers seen in the past in Yucatan (see bottom of article).

Banking, Exchanging Currency, & Using Credit Cards & ATMs in Mexico

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