Immigration. What a pain it is that all of us expats have to suffer through each year. For us it means going over to Cancun. A lot.
We are switching our FM3's to FM2's this year. That requires applying for resident tourist status all over again. Not just simply renewing. We could have applied for a new FM3 which would have required the same process but we want to move up a level to FM2.
So what's the difference? For one thing, with an FM2, we are only allowed to be out of Mexico a total of 45 days a year. With an FM3 you can come and go as much as you like. We want to eventually apply for permanent residency so that we no longer have to deal with INM every year. To do that, you first have to have an FM3 for five years and then an FM2 for five years. There are some exceptions to these time frames but we are not eligible for them.
Our paperwork and applications were accepted and all in order. But not yet approved. We have been back over there twice now and they still have not been approved. Yesterday they told us to come back on Friday. It costs us $27 USD each every time we have to go over there. Pain in the neck. Plus the stress of not knowing if we have been approved or not.
So the fat lady? Well, they say it ain't over until the fat lady sings. So I'll be looking out for a fat lady this week. I will be teaching her a song and taking her with me! Can't hurt.