Not all tourists that visit Mexico are treated the same way. How, for example, those who are coming on the market or use of illegal drugs in Mexico and not treated harshly, resulting in terrible vacations while south of the border! Is no more likely to return to Mexico is Dawg, The Bounty Hunter. He was not treated with a high degree of dignity and respect, but even he could not have closely followed the Mexican laws, as he handcuffed his escape, and dragged him out ofLand! On the other hand, by way of normal law-abiding people, we were treated like family, like friends, almost like royalty ever since we started, our semi-annual visits to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 1984 when we bought a condo in Mismaloya, about six miles south of Vallarta. Back in the 80’s, it took little more than a photo identification document to obtain a Mexican FMT or tourist visa. Today, a passport or a certified copy of birth certificate is required FMT VisitorsVisa. These visas are good for stays of up to 90 days in Mexico, but may be asked, and is often seen FMT 180 days. There is no charge for these tourist visas, and are easily available at the airport of departure or arrival at the Mexican customs office with the vehicle. Going into Mexico, the immigration officers stamped copy of the visa and make your entry into their database containing information on length of residence and where you are. Afterleave the country, return the copy of the visa and the start time is entered into their system. In other words, visiting Vallarta for less than six months is as easy as it could be.
Now for the above treatment of Mexican American and Canadian tourists, who put the visa in the future, what do you compare Mexicans to legally visit the United States. The best way for the story that follows, based on personal experience and done in a typicalAmerican immigration practice throughout Mexico.
For many years we enjoyed our holiday very much in PV, so that in 1997 we bought a beautiful villa and decided to make Vallarta our permanent home. We have a beautiful couple in the villa for the past eight years. I am a nice person, intelligent, clean, honest, church going couple with two of his three children, now at the University of Guadalajara. Like a bonus for the many years of hard work andLoyalty in years past, we offered the woman a paid holiday for a week to visit us in the area of Lake Tahoe to spend the summer. She has never been to the States and needless to say, was very excited and we have seen during the voyage. We called the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, the procedures for the Mexicans decide to enter the United States. First, a valid passport is required so that within a month, he received his new passport. We were also informed that they have a copy of the requesttheir statement in Mexico, a copy of their marriage certificate, a copy of their goods were actually working, and an invitation from us would be helpful. We wrote a half page typed letter of thanks for the invitation, for the years of dedication and service, and then helped to collect all necessary documents in a single file folder. Once again, we contacted the U.S. Consulate, informed them that all necessary documentation is in order, was and is to set a date forhis interview. On the day of their appointment with their Sunday best clothes, took the folder full of documents requested and the letter of invitation to the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, the five hours drive from Vallarta. The U.S. Consulate was packed with hundreds of Mexicans and put them in line with about 50 others, probably all at the same time of appointment. He stressed that it was not granted a single person of 50 Mexicans facing a visa. Finally, after an hourand a half, they made it to the front of the line. They interviewed her for less than two minutes, “said his letter of invitation has not been authenticated, and basically threw them out just like the people above fifty. Of course, during our phone conversation, he never mentioned any of the requirements Certification of the letter of invitation when they listed the requirements. In fact, the letter was not even an obligation, but merely a useful addition to their list of requirements. In all probability, theConsulate delivered few, if applicable, visas for entry to the United States on this day. From what our friend witnessed during his two hours on the U.S. Consulate, they granted zero since that day. After his hopes so high and is so happy this holiday, after spending their money on the card and money to driving and five hours from Guadalajara, the night in Guadalajara, at the right time all the necessary documents and two hours in the consulate, it is practicallyhas not had the opportunity to obtain a visa to the United States for a Mexican citizen and the worst, knew the employees of the consulate there.
Why were all over the world, the United States consulate deal with thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, as if he is trying to go legal in the United States? No wonder that millions of Mexicans sneak across the border without documents. It ‘was much easier, faster and perhaps less secretly across the border, so that the United StatesIn no clue on who is doing the country, where, how long they are staying, or what they do. The Mexicans we met the woman who was in our house, I’m happy to have made their shots, fingerprints, etc., but the system virtually denies their legal entry into the territory of states. As a side note of interest, on his return to PV after our summer in Tahoe last year, we discussed the history of our local American consulate officer in Vallarta. ConfirmedVisas for the United States that were not simply be granted at this time because of all the problems of immigration into the United States. In comparison, is a cake walk ever in Mexico for U.S. citizens and Canadians!
U.S. and Canadian citizens are treated with respect, dignity, and welcomed as guests in Vallarta. Of course, the economy in PV depends solely on tourism, and is in the best interest of the locals that the tourists can visit a pleasant and safe, while inHeaven. In the ten years since we lived here, we are not aware of a single robbery, burglary, picked pocket, or any other crime committed on a foreigner or tourist. It is so tourist friendly in Vallarta that there are now approximately 50,000 North Americans living here in the season “high” from November to May. There are millions of tourists by plane or cruise ship visit PV each season, and if you really wanted trouble, they never see.Moreover, he had in 2001, readers of Conde Nast magazines Puerto Vallarta eight best tourist destination in the world and the city much more friendly in the world. That Conde Nast poll pretty well sums up the way tourists or retirees are treated in Vallarta.
For those of us who retired and enjoyed themselves so much in heaven do not want to leave in 180 days, we use only a FM3 permit, allow long-term visitors, which resembles a passport costs about $ 100 andlasts about a month to receive. We must provide us with photos, fingerprints, proof of residence, such as self-sufficiency in electricity and water bills, and proof of self, such as a bank statement. The FM3 allows a stay in North America in Mexico for a year and can be renewed annually. The status of long-term visitor permits to foreigners for its cars in Mexico to bring and maintain here indefinitely, as long as the FM3 is kept current. Our Jeep Grand Cherokee is still the 1997 Texas plates and were not imposedpaid for the car since 1997. Unlike the United States, where everything must be politically correct, the Mexicans have no qualms profiling. If for any reason, feel like a Mexican police officer, may take over a foreign plated car and check the status of the driver’s FM3. For this reason, each copy of one of their current immigration documents in the glove compartment of his car stops.
After five years of FM3 renewals, ie, live five years to more than 180 days a year in Mexico, were thenGiven the opportunity to continue with a new FM3 or convert to an FM2. The FM2 requires the same documentation as the FM3 but costs a little ‘more and still requires annual renewal. The main difference is that an FM2 means the holder of an immigrant as a visitor. This is a fundamental difference, because it concerns the treatment of capital gains from the sale of real property. The exemption from capital gains tax will be granted only for those who can provide proof of primary residence in Mexico during theat least five years, with primary residence is a little ‘more than 180 days a year. The document clearly shows FM2 primary residence for more than five years. After the fifth year of participation, an FM2, the holder of a permanent resident alien and not eligible is required to renew every year for its FM2. All such documents on immigration in local authorities on Mexican immigration, which are available to us to live in paradise here in Vallarta.The FM3´s or FM2´s are stamped and recorded every time you leave or enter Mexico. Compared to the US, you’ve got to give the Mexicans credit; they have a much better handle on who’s in and who’s out of their country. In summarizing, due to the relative ease in obtaining the proper immigration papers in Mexico, there is virtually no reason for any American or Canadian to be here undocumented. If any problem were to ever occur, both American and Canadian Consulates are Located in Vallarta to assist you.
For those who are really serious about life in Mexico, after the foundation of your principal residence in Mexico for five years and learn a lot of Spaniards, for about $ 1500 and with the assistance of a local immigration lawyer, he opts for Mexican citizenship. Once all applications have been made and an interview with the immigration agent is completed, the waiting time is about 18 months. If and when it is releasedwill hold two citizenships and have almost all the rights of naturalized Mexican citizen. Although most of the natives in Vallarta can speak some English, in contrast with the United States and Canada, Mexico has a primary language. E ‘Spanish, and let the immigration officials doubt when interviewing for Mexican citizenship. It is not complete until a two-hour interview in Spanish is that we learn that the lawyer questioning fluent in English! But to their credit, have Espanglish accept what our mix of English and Spanish.
Of course, money talks, but from what we lived for ten years, the Mexicans treat the Gringos substantially better than the Gringos treat the Mexicans.