Getting a work permit
Nov 18th, 2009 by David

I’m thinking of getting a work permit to become a freelance photographer for gringo real-estate agents and developers around here.

But i dont know anything about the work permit laws. There sure seem to be a lot of Americans working in the real-estate industry around here, so i suppose they’ve gotten permits. Any ideas?

My one-day FM-3
Oct 24th, 2009 by David

Les didnt want to post this – she thought maybe someone would get in trouble if someone in the Mexican governemnt read it. But it’s a story everyone should here.

For months and months now, from the time we conceived this wacky idea of moving to Mexico, we’d known we’d need FM-3 residence visas. But the rules seemed pretty strict. The biggest one was that we had to have bank statements showing we had 3, or maybe 6, months of regular deposits. Over and over, we read blogs and talked to people who said the place to get the FM-3 was in Mexico, and to use a Mexican lawyer because it was too difficult to handle ourselves. I priced a lawyer while i was in Ajijic in august, and it came to something like $350 and was going to take a few weeks to get done.

But MY story. I got my first social security deposit into my bank account last Thursday, October 22.  That morning I went down to the bank, asked them to make a copy of the statement and notarize it, and to write a letter for me saying that i would get regular payments from social security. i already had the paper from the police saying i wasnt a felon, and a letter from my doctor saying i was healthy. so i left the bank, drove to the consulate. walked past 300 waiting mexican nationals into the room where the very nice young woman who handled these visas sat, had her help me fill out the application, paid $134, and came back the very next day to pick up my visa!!! I got it one day after i got my first social security payment!

The lesson: Who knows what the lesson is? But for us, getting the FM-3’s in Dallas was a breeze!

Down-to-the-Wire 2
Oct 9th, 2009 by David

It’s getting close now. I remember when it was 10months away. Then 6. Now it’s just 20 days!!!

Some big questions have come up, andI hope you all have some answers.

1. We’ll be driving through Laredo.  What advice you have? Where are some good places to spend the night on the way down?

2. At the consulate where Les got her FM-3 (quite an easy process), we were told that the household inventory had to be in ‘Good Spanish’. Our movers showed us a contract saying they would make an inventory in ‘Standard American English.’ I called Teresa down at Strom White Movers in Ajijic, mentioned the disparity, and she assured me it would all go ok. I’m just a bit concerned how all this will go. At the bprder. will they require the household inventory be in Spanish, not English? What experiences have you had?

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