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:
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:
- 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 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.
Foreigners requesting their regularization per this program need to present the following in original and copy:
- Immigration form
- Request letter
- Immigration document (in the event the person had one)
- 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.
- Documents that prove their current residence (light, water, phone, internet, TV, gas or any other utility).
- Payment of regularization fees
- 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 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.
Hope this helps !
Lic. Spencer McMullen is in Chapala, Mexico, and can be contacted at Chapalalaw.com
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For more details on immigrating to or living in Mexico, see our main article on importing cars at: ~ Current Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico
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