Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I'm Legal Again!

Well, for all intents and purposes anyway. I just have to show off my scars and tatoos to the powers that be. What am I talking about? Well, the approval of my FM2 of course!



Last September 9th I delivered all of the necessary paperwork to Immigration in Cancun and sat back to wait for approval. This year I was switching from FM3 status to FM2, one step closer to being a permanent resident and not having to deal with Immigration anymore at all.



I waited. And waited. I went to Cancun personally to check on the status of my application. I called the office every week. Nope, I was told, not yet. Check back again next week.



This went on until about 3 weeks ago when I got another form from them that said I had to resubmit all of the previously submitted information, plus a few more things. AND I had to do this within 10 days or risk being asked to leave the country. Now that scared the heck right out of me!



An emergency email to my good buds, Rivergirl and CancunCanuck for the name of the attorney they used and I was on my way to the approval that just came through. Thanks Girls! BTW, I have since learned that this particular attorney is a miracle worker and has represented many, many people here on Isla. I'll be using him in years to come also.



And, yes, B got his approval too, just earlier than I did for some reason. I am one happy camper at this moment!

16 comments:

Michele in Playa said...

Congratulations Wayne!! We too are fortunate to have an excellent attorney who handles all of of immigration renewals and applications. We are about ready to start our FM2 process as well. Just one step closer!!

BandT said...

I am so happy for you both! I shall tip back a "hot tottie" to you both as I settle in from the cold tonight!

Nancy said...

Congratulations! YOu had to have an FM3 for five years before you transferred to an FM2, right?

CancunCanuck said...

Congrats Wayne, so glad Mauricio came through for you, I will NEVER face immigration without him again. Worth every penny IMHO. Felicidades to you and B both!

Steve Cotton said...

Good job! I was just looking at your theremometer. 77 degrees? This morning, we are 25. But that is a loy better than those negative numbers I see coming out of Canada these days.

Jonna said...

Congratulations, both of you! I always feel so lazy to use the attorney but I'll admit, so far we've done it. I don't think the process is as corrupt or hassled in Yucatan but we ended up waiting until the last possible minute (3 days before they expired) so, the attorney seemed a good idea. Next year, I might try it on my own... or not.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

Congratulations Wayne! I am so glad that I live in Yucatan (state) instead of Q. Roo, it seems like our immigration office is much easier, of course they don't have the hoards of tourists to deal with!
If I can answer Nancy's question, according to the person I spoke with at Migración, you can switch anytime or start with an FM2. To switch you need to submit a letter requesting a change of status and back it up with the appropriate paperwork. TIM, so your experience may be different. We need to switch next year because of the capital gains thing.
regards,
Theresa

Islagringo said...

Michelle: if you are doing it in Cancun, allow yourself plenty of time. With the investigations going on in that office, everybody over there is paranoid and extremely picky right now.

BandT: the cold is reason enough to tip anything hot back, don't you think!

Nancy: yes, but see Theresa's comment. I understand that the law has changed now and Theresa is correct. Too late for us since we already went through the first 5 years. And to think I could be a permanent resident now with no INM hassles!

CC: as long as I live here, I will never go it alone again either. We were fine the last 4 years and then this year they just went screwy over there.

Steve: I assume you think that that was a warm 77 this morning. Guess again. You've heard it before, but factor in the ocean wind and it is downright cold! I'm wearing flannel pants to bed and socks on the cold tile floors!

Jonna: it is waaaaay worth the money to just hand it over to an attorney and not hassle with it. Factor in all the copy charges, boats and taxis for us and the cost is not really that much higher. Well, maybe, but it is damn worth it!

Theresa: I believe you are correct with the new changes. I think we only have the FM2 for 2 years and then we can go for permanent residency. Can't wait. And it is not so much the tourists here. Cancun draws guest workers from all over Latin America and they have to renew their papers just like we do. Thousands of them it seems like!

K.W. Michigan said...

Congrats to you! You can now breath easy.

K.W. Michigan said...

Congrats to you! You can now breath easy.

IslaZina said...

Congrats Steve! With past lawyers, I have been a bit of an outlaw each FM3 renewal. Hopefully, Mauricio will end that! Either way, a lawyer has been worth it each time. I am not so poor that I can't budget one into my life! That office is like a cave filled with wookies.

My Way said...

Yay for you! Now you can relax for a bit. Paperwork time in Mexico is always stressful, even if someone else does it for you!

Jackie said...

Good for you Wayne. I too would pay an attorney to deal with this if it were me.

Sue said...

Congratulations! I am using Mauricio too, got approved for FM3 and scar check/fingerprints. Just got back from a quick trip to Canada - Mauricio got me a letter of permission to go, and tomorrow I give him that stamped document and maybe get my FM3 document! He was well worth the money, in my opinion. Congrats again!

tacogirl said...

Congrats Wayne. We are lucky in Belize it takes one year without having left the country for more than 14 days to obtain residency - and a bunch of paperwork but overall can't complain and glad we are residents.

Babs said...

We are lucky in San Miguel to have people who handle the process for $40 or $50 US but they aren't attys and can work miracles also.

I wonder why you needed an "attorney".