Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Another Five Years as a Rentista
The Mexican Government has issued me another FM-3 that can be renewed each year for five years. Yea! I can't believe that the first one was already five years old and so I had to reapply.
In spite of all the problems that we hear and read about on getting the paperwork turned in or the length of time the process takes, this was easy as can be. On February 25th we went to the man across the street from Immigration who types up the paperwork for you. While he was typing everything, he gave us the paper we needed to pay the fees at the bank and told us we could go do that and when we returned he would have the papers ready to turn in to Immigration. Unfortunately, we had other appointments that day and would not be able to return so we just waited until he finished our paperwork.
The next morning Ned went to the bank and paid the fees and then he went to Immigration to turn in the papers. But the agent told him that I needed to sign some papers or that Ned would have to get what is basically a "Power of Attorney" to sign them for me. When Ned told him that I had a broken ankle but maybe I could make it up and down the stairs in the Immigration office. The Agent told him that if I couldn't come into the building, he would come out to the car for me to sign the papers. Ned came back home after me and off we went. I was able to hobble into the Immigration office and signed the papers. They told us that the new FM3 would be ready on March 12. We went today, March 12, and the FM3 was there. A finger print or two later and I had the document from the Mexican Government allowing me to be here for another year.
I don't know why some people have so many problems or why they hire someone to do the paperwork for them. I don't know.....maybe we are just lucky.