Yup, it has been a yearly affair now for almost 13 years. Never was it a problem until last year
when I got caught in the change over to the new regulations. It was a doozy. It took longer then six weeks because I applied for an FM-2, which until November 1st last year was a permanent residency.
I got the FM-2 on October 31st and it disappeared on November 1~!
My visa became an Immigrante, not an FM-2. If I wanted permanente, I had to start over.
Not on your life.
So, this year after that fiasco, I decided to continue with the Immigrante for 3 more years so that I can keep my US plated car, made in Japan, here in Mexico. I'll worry in three years what I'm going to do
about transportation. The old "Scarlett syndrome". I do well in that mode.
Therefore, I forked out 6310 pesos, close to $500 USD for a two year extension last week. It took me about fifteen minutes to have my photo taken and sign a gazillion forms. I have a facilitator, my faithful and talented friend, Patty Garcia. Patty got me through the fiasco last year and every year before that.
I'm now waiting for a call to go and be fingerprinted, wait for the new visa and voila, I'll be done until November 2015. This is a good thing.
I did not have to prove income to extend the immigrante visa.
Someone who reads the blog and is buying property in Mexico asked me about having money in the Mexican bank versus the US bank and how much it has to be. Patty's answer was, "Go to the Consulate in the USA where you are going to apply for your visa and ask THEM their requirements.
Each Consulate is substantially the same, but each has some distinctive requirements". "Those are the requirements that you must follow"
Okay then, you have the answer from the most knowledgeable facilitator I know. When I got my first visa all those years ago, I went to the Mexican Consulate office in Houston. Got the information from the source, went back with the documents the next day and had my visa in 24 hours! I have no idea if it is still that way. But, wherever you are, go to yours and get the details.
Then, after you get the visa, you must have your passport and the document stamped when you enter the country either by car or whatever means of transportation that you use. Then you have THIRTY days to go to Immigration wherever you are moving to reapply for the visa. Remember THIRTY days from the date you enter Mexico, not 31.
As I write this, I wait patiently for my new visa. I'll let you know when I get it - probably about six weeks from now, I"m told!
Some things don't get better - it used to cost 1200 pesos for one year and you had the new visa in less then three weeks. Oh well, patience, patience, patience.