Amnesty Program Is Something All Expats Who Live in Mexico Illegally Should Know About
Study Uncovers One Million American Expats Living Illegally in Mexico (PressTV)
If you are currently living in Mexico without a visa or have over-stayed your visa, you should know that the Mexican government has an amnesty program for expats who live in Mexico illegally.
The amnesty program of 2015 was brought back with minor changes for the year 2017. It will be in effect until December 19, 2017.
The first publication of program details was made in the Daily Federal Register on January 12, 2015 and was in effect until December 18, 2015. During that first year of implementation we had the opportunity to see how the National Immigration Institute applied the prior amnesty law, so now we have a good understanding of the slight nuances of the published law.
This program, by the way, mentions nothing about paying fines or having to show income to qualify for residency.
Here is the 2017 amnesty program in plain English:
ASSUMPTIONS (Art. 2)
The present program applies to foreigners who entered Mexico before January 9, 2015 and January 09, 2017 and find they are living in the country with an irregular immigration status. The following situations are where the foreigner would not qualify for the amnesty program:
In the cases of V and VI the authority the government will weigh the corresponding resolution attending to the principles of social readaptation as well as those relative to family reunification.
REQUIREMENTS (Art. 3)
Foreigners requesting their regularization (change from illegal status to legal status) for this program need to present the following original documents and copies:
In addition to the prior documents, one of the following documents that proves their residence in the country prior to January 9, 2015:
The documents can be in the name of the person or their children, partner or spouse.
Additional documents required:
PROCEDURE (Art. 4)
The procedure a person should follow when requesting the regularization of their immigration status is:
Finally, Immigration may not arrest anyone who applies for the program due to their irregular status.
See the original at Expats in Mexico
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