Foreign Resident Requirements for Filing Changes with INM

Sept 3, 2013
SEGOB (Mexico’s Secretaría de Gobernación – aka the Interior Ministry) has published their official guidelines for Residente Permanentes and Residentes Temporales to report key life changes to INM. If you have Permanent Resident or Temporary Resident status in Mexico, we are required to report any changes in marital status, name, nationality, home address, or work / employer / employment.

Note: We are required to report these changes within 90 days.

Here is our English translation of the current INM requirements for reporting changes, followed by the Spanish version:

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SEGOB (Secretaría de Gobernación)

Ministry of the Interior SEGOB

Steps for Residents to Communicate Status Changes to INM

Format for Your Presentation to INM:
The form for requesting changes to a foreigner’s INM records may be filled out electronically via the website ( http://www.inm.gob.mx ) with signature of the petitioner.

Requirements
1. Submit a letter signed by the foreigner, in which, under oath, the applicant describes the change in marital status, name, nationality, new home or workplace, specifically noting the previous and the new state and related information as appropriate. In case of dual nationality, the applicant must indicate their status, to be considered for registration and be allowed to stay in the country.

2. Original and copy of the Residente Permanente green card.

3. In the case of changing marriage status, the applicant must submit a marriage certificate (from your Registro Civil), any applicable divorce decree including the date the divorce was final, and as applicable any death certificate of a prior spouse.

4. In the case of changing of nationality, the applicant must submit their new nationality’s passport, certificate of citizenship or naturalization papers.

5. In the event of a change of name, the applicant must present a passport or identity card and travel with the new name and, if applicable, a document issued by the governing oversight authority in your country stating the name change.

Accreditation of Legal Representatives
In the event that the applicant performed the procedure through a legal representative, the representative shall certify that capacity describing the powers or rights granted or affirmed before a notary public, or proxy signed before two witnesses , or authorization in their own writing, and present a legible copy of valid ID ( with photo and signature ) of the grantor, the legal representative and the two witnesses. You can also grant the power or rights using the forms provided by INM. If this power or representation is given after the presentation of the application to INM, the power should be granted or affirmed before a notary public .

Important
In case a foreigner changing their name, the immigration authorities may issue an immigration document with the new name , as long as the foreign person revokes/surrenders their prior document/card.

In any case , the data of the foreign person will be integrated into INM’s records of the applicants history and immigration records .

The foreign person must notify the Institute within the ninety calendar days any changes in marital status , nationality, domicile or workplace.

Failure to fulfill this obligation will earn to the penalties provided in Article 158 of the Migration Act .

Only the General Manager and File Migration Regulation, Federal Deputies, the Federal Subdelegates, Local Delegates, Directors and Deputy Directors of the National Migration Institute, or interested parties may request additional documentation from that stated in this card. In any case there must be an agreement in which the basis and justification for the requirement of such information.

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SEGOB (Secretaría de Gobernación)

Trámite para que los residentes notifiquen cambios Instituto Nacional de Migración

Formato de presentación del trámite
Formato para solicitar trámite migratorio de estancia , llenado de manera electrónica a través de la página de internet (www.inm.gob.mx), con firma autógrafa del promovente.

Requisitos
1.  Carta firmada por la persona extranjera, en la que bajo protesta de decir verdad, manifieste, el cambio de estado civil, nombre, nacionalidad, nuevo domicilio o lugar de trabajo, señalando expresamente el anterior y el nuevo estado o dato que corresponda. En caso de doble nacionalidad deberá indicarlo y la que deberá considerarse para su registro y estancia en territorio nacional.

2.   Original y copia de la tarjeta de residente.

3.   En el caso de cambio de estado civil deberá presentar acta de matrimonio, sentencia de divorcio con fecha en que causó ejecutoria o acta de defunción del cónyuge.

4.  En el caso de cambio de nacionalidad deberá presentar pasaporte de la nueva nacionalidad, certificado de nacionalidad o carta de naturalización.

5.  En el caso de cambio de nombre deberá presentar pasaporte o documento de identidad y viaje con el nuevo nombre y, en su caso, documento emitido por la autoridad competente de su país en el que conste el cambio de nombre.

Acreditación de personalidad jurídica
En caso de que el interesado realice el trámite a través de un representante legal, éste acreditará tal carácter con poder otorgado o ratificado ante fedatario público, o carta poder firmada ante dos testigos, o bien autorización en su propio escrito, presentando además copia legible de identificación oficial vigente (con fotografía y firma) del otorgante, del representante legal y de los dos testigos. También se puede otorgar poder mediante los formatos migratorios. Si este poder o representación se otorga con posterioridad a la presentación del trámite migratorio, deberá ser otorgado o ratificado ante fedatario público.

Importante
En caso de que la persona extranjera cambie de nombre la autoridad migratoria podrá expedir documento migratorio con el nuevo nombre, siempre y cuando la persona extranjera promueva reposición del mismo.

En todo caso, los datos de la persona extranjera se integrarán a su historial y expediente migratorio.

La persona extranjera deberá notificar al Instituto dentro de los siguientes noventa días naturales a que ocurran los cambios de estado civil, nacionalidad, domicilio o lugar de trabajo.

En caso de no cumplir con dicha obligación se hará acreedora a las sanciones previstas en el artículo 158 de la Ley de Migración.

Solamente el Director General de Regulación y Archivo Migratorio, Delegados Federales, los Subdelegados Federales, los Delegados Locales, los Directores y los Subdirectores del Instituto Nacional de Migración, podrán solicitar a los interesados, documentación adicional a la establecida en esta cédula. En todo caso deberá existir un acuerdo en el que se funde y motive el requerimiento de dicha información.

http://www.inm.gob.mx/static/Tramites_LM/Estancia_LM/Notificacion_LM/Notificacion_de_cambio_de_lugar_de_trabajo_por_parte_de_residentes_temporales_y_permanentes.pdf
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33 Responses to Foreign Resident Requirements for Filing Changes with INM

  1. Pingback: Permanent Resident Requirements for Filing Changes with INM | Surviving Yucatan

  2. Raul Sanchez says:

    Steve I would like to get in touch with you, do you have a mail or a pone I can contact you, is about Telchac??
    Thankyou very much

  3. Peter says:

    “Format for Your Presentation to INM:
    The form for requesting changes to a foreigner’s INM records may be filled out electronically via the website ( http://www.inm.gob.mx ) with signature of the petitioner.”
    went there, could not figure out where the form is… a little more help please! Thanks

  4. Ric Hoffman says:

    Steve, nothing new, this has been in the law, regulation and guidelines:

    LINEAMIENTOS para trámites y procedimientos migratorios.
    CAPITULO V
    TRAMITE PARA QUE LOS RESIDENTES NOTIFIQUEN CAMBIOS

    Artículo 55. La persona extranjera titular de la condición de estancia de residente temporal, residente temporal estudiante y residente permanente, se encuentran obligadas a notificar los cambios de estado civil, nombre o nacionalidad, domicilio o lugar de trabajo.

    Artículo 56. Ficha del trámite para que los residentes notifiquen cambios.
    Caso en el que se presenta: Aplicable a la persona extranjera titular de la condición de estancia de residente temporal, de residente temporal estudiante o de residente permanente que cambie de estado civil, nombre o nacionalidad, domicilio o lugar de trabajo

    Requisitos:
    1. Carta firmada por la persona extranjera, en la que bajo protesta de decir verdad manifieste el cambio de estado civil, nombre, nacionalidad, nuevo domicilio o lugar de trabajo, señalando expresamente el anterior y el nuevo estado o dato que corresponda. En caso de doble nacionalidad deberá indicarlo y la que deberá considerarse para su registro y estancia en territorio nacional;
    2. Original y copia de la tarjeta de residente;
    3. En el caso de cambio de estado civil deberá presentar acta de matrimonio, sentencia de divorcio con fecha en que causó ejecutoria o acta de defunción del cónyuge;
    4. En el caso de cambio de nacionalidad deberá presentar pasaporte de la nueva nacionalidad, certificado de nacionalidad o carta de naturalización, y
    5. En el caso de cambio de nombre deberá presentar pasaporte o documento de identidad y viaje con el nuevo nombre y, en su caso, documento emitido por la autoridad competente de su país en el que conste el cambio de nombre.
    Criterios de resolución:
    I. En caso de que la persona extranjera cambie de nombre la autoridad migratoria podrá expedir documento migratorio con el nuevo nombre, siempre y cuando la persona extranjera promueva reposición del mismo.
    En todo caso, los datos de la persona extranjera se integrarán a su historial y expediente migratorio.
    Información importante para el usuario:
    – La persona extranjera deberá notificar al Instituto dentro de los siguientes noventa días naturales a que ocurran los cambios de estado civil, nacionalidad, domicilio o lugar de trabajo. En caso de no cumplir con dicha obligación se hará acreedora a las sanciones previstas en el artículo 158 de la Ley.

    • yucalandia says:

      Welcome back, Ric !

      Amen. I agree 100%.

      This issue was resolved months ago. Still, there have been a recent spate of questions about the need to report changes, with no one writing out the details of the requirements, and ~ INM has published an internet pdf of the current details of what they want, so, I married the two issues.

      Hope you are well,
      steve

  5. Joe says:

    Here’s one for you, Steve. Has the government published the point system, yet, for qualifying for permanent residency based on points? I haven’t seen anything on it.

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi Joe,
      Excellent point that we are waiting to hear of. No word yet. Some INM offices and some Consulates are clearly using the basis/skeleton of a points system, qualifying some people who do not meet any single individual published requirement, but are qualified by a combination of factors. Still, some offices stick tightly to individual requirements, and there is no word on formalizing a points system.
      steve

  6. Joe says:

    “…qualifying some people who do not meet any of the published requirements,….” Are you referring to one or more cases of those known to you to have applied on the basis of points, did not meet the requirements in years in temporary residence, or financial where with all for permanent residency status, and were approved for permanent residency? As an aside, the statutes do contain the categories of submissions that will support an application, they just give the breakdown of how many points you can get in each area. Without looking it up I seem to remember such things are degrees awarded, work history both inside and outside Mexico, international awards, etc.

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi Joe,
      You are correct. Some INM offices and some Consulates are clearly using the basis/skeleton of a points system, qualifying some people who do not meet any single individual published requirement, but are qualified by a combination of factors.

      Points Categories:
      Service to Mexico, scientific and/or technical skills, athletic or artist, property ownership, job creation (as an employer), etc. There are no breakdowns of numbers of points awarded per category. I have qualified as a scientist and technical editor in the past.

      In the past 10 months, we have read at least 10 reports of people being granted residency based on combinations of positive factors. It seems to vary by the consulate or INM office. Some are liberal in granting residency, others are very conservative.
      steve

  7. Joe says:

    My previous post should have read, :they do not give the the breakdown…” Sorry.

  8. Joe says:

    “In the past 10 months, we have read at least 10 reports of people being granted residency based on combinations of positive factors.” Thanks Steve. As I understand your comments (and I may not have) you don’t personally know of a case of someone who qualified for permanent residency on points, and that would include yourself, but you’ve read that some have.
    I wonder if you could provide us with links to some of these reports. This would give us a little better feel for how the local offices are responding to applications based on points.

    “It seems to vary by the consulate or INM office. Some are liberal in granting residency, others are very conservative.” That makes sense, given that they have to act in the absence of anything more than the categories spoken of in Art 125, and the general language of that section, which reads, that the law which grants permanent residency based on points “…is intended to attract foreign investors, or those with high competence in the sciences, technology, sports, arts and humanities, or those that develop and re-enforce, or promote development and competitiveness….”

  9. Joe says:

    I was hoping for something that would actually lead us to the ten or so cases you spoke of, not just a referral to webpages in general. We’re talking about something very specific here, applications based on points, and that’s what I’d like you to point us to. I, for one, haven’t seen cases of that type mentioned on the forums, aside from mine. You have. So please help.

  10. Claude P. says:

    Good day, I have just lost my permanent residency card and i went to inm . i have all the info (and costly surprise $3,815.00 pesos) now what i need is a bit of help writing a carta that explains what happens ( i basically just lost it in town – Playa del Carmen) and the motives of my request … I was told also that i will need a police report , some say yes and some say no ??? can you help me out.

  11. lascosas says:

    Hello-
    I provided you with a few posts in April & July on my experience getting our Permanentes through the San Francisco Consulate and the Chapala INM. Subsequent to that time we were married (thank you US Supreme Court for killing Prop 8) and prepared all of the required docs to present to INM to change our civil status. We did not know, nor do I see this information anywhere, that our license needed an apostille, which at least in California requires a specific type of certified copy in order for the State of California to provide the apostille, and because of the type of marriage license we had, only we can go to City Hall and get the correct certification. So, we will not be able to provide a change in our civil status to INM until nine months after the wedding, way beyond the 90 day limit. What type of penalty are we likely to encounter?

    • yucalandia says:

      Correct, all of us need recently apostilled documents (birth certificates, marriage licenses/certificates etc) when applying at INM and Registro Civil offices. Be aware that it can take a year or to get your US marriage approved/recognized or rejected by the Mexican State Registro Civil offices. Ours was rejected, a friend finally is just now getting his approved (after over 15 years of being married).
      Best of luck with a dicey prospect,
      steve

      • lascosas says:

        Thanks for the response, but I’m confused. I don’t care if Mexico recognizes my marriage. I simply want to file the required paperwork with INM. They can do whatever they want with it. I’m simply wondering what type of fine I am likely to incur by filing it several months late. We are Lesbians living in Jalisco. There is zero chance anyone is going to approve/recognize our marriage.

      • Peter says:

        lascosas
        I am a hetro male, married to a Mexican native, but I am very interested in hearing how this pans out for you. Gay marriage is of particular interest as I have several gay family members (don’t we all?).
        Please report back with your findings!
        Thanks, Peter
        PS: we were married in the US (California) in July in a “confidential” service and I have not reported it, and so far don’t plan to.

  12. bergen62 says:

    In order to register a change of address, it is necessary to provide INM with a letter written in Spanish asking for the change, old address, new address and date of move. Does anyone have one already written in Spanish?

  13. Natasha says:

    I have been working in Mexico City since 2006, am a permanent resident and will be making an employment change this Summer. I will be working for a non Mexican company. Do I submit a change of employment in the same manner as I would for a Mexican company? I have searched and searched and found no answers.

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi Natasha,
      If you change employers – regardless of whether the employer is a Mexican corp or foreign corp – as a residente permanente , INM requires that you notify them of changes in employer or employment.

      Since we do not know the specific details of where your tax home is, where you will be paid, or where your principal residence is, we cannot say anything about your tax situation – whether your tax home will be in Mexico or elsewhere – so we cannot say what SAT/Hacienda needs from you, nor do we know if INM considers you to be officially employed in Mexico or not (your tax home and taxes owed are SAT matters), but INM still wants you to notify them formally of your change in employer/employment.
      steve

      **I mention SAT, because INM sometimes requires that you have any SAT issues resolved/registered before INM will record the change – and INM does share data with SAT. (For example, when I went to do this with our INM office, the INM office asked if I had registered the change at SAT, and INM wanted me to have the different work registered with SAT, before INM would proceed with processing my change of employment with them.) I am not predicting that you will have any problems, just saying that changing to a foreign employer may also change your tax status and Mexican tax obligations???

      • Natasha says:

        I will be working for a Taiwan company by internet. They will tax me. But as far as my permanent residency what info will they need from the company?

  14. Kevin Harris says:

    When I got my residente permanente card the woman at the immigration office told me that I didn’t need to check in or out at the border if I was driving across, however that doesn’t appear to be the truth. I also did all of my paperwork through the Rosarito office even though my apartment is in Tijuana.

    Where are we supposed to check out when we leave Tijuana? I know where to check in at the border, but I have never seen, or heard of, anyplace to check out when leaving.

    My wife is now applying for her residente temporal card and they have asked her “where is your husband now?”

    I am afraid that if she says “In Mexico” that they will think it is strange for a married couple to live in two different cities and cause problems.

    I am also afraid that if she says “he is with me in the USA” that they will see that I haven’t checked out of Mexico and will revoke my RP card or fine me.

    Is this an actual problem, or should I just find the place to check out then stay in the USA until we get things sorted out for her? If so, where do I check out?

    • yucalandia says:

      Hi Kevin,
      Messy issue.

      Formally, you should check out, especially if you someday might want to become a naturalized Mexican citizen. If you exit Mexico without logging out with INM, then their records only show your return, with no proof of when you left MX, and they can deny future citizenship because you cannot prove you were inside Mexico for the required minimum amounts.

      Informally, there are 10,000s of exits by driving & walking out of Mexico (by foreigners) that are not tracked and are not a problem,.

      Enjoy,
      steve

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