Comments on: 5 Tips for Getting a Mexican Visa in Puebla “The best English-language resource on the city.” —New York Magazine Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:26:04 +0000 hourly 1 By: Rebecca Wed, 29 Jan 2014 23:03:20 +0000 Hi Veronica & Lawrence. I’m glad you’re finding the blog helpful and — wow! — you have a lot of great questions. I’ll do my best to answer a few of them:
– I do not have a list of physicians, but U.S. Citizen Services at the American Embassy in Mexico City may be able to provide one.
– Many landlords in Puebla are fine with animals. You may want to work with a local real estate agent who knows the laws regarding service animals (vs. pets). As with all rentals, you will likely need someone local (such as an employer) to co-sign on the lease if you are unable pay several months in advance. You may want to check with SAGARPA on the latest rules for bringing animals to Mexico from other countries.
– It’s my understanding that, as of November 2013, foreigners may no longer change visa status from tourist to FM2 or FM3 in Mexico. You must do this at a Mexican embassy or consulate in the U.S.
That’s what I can tell you, based on my personal knowledge. I invite you to join our expat mailing list. Good luck with your move!

By: Veronica&Lawrence Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:10:36 +0000 Hi! My husband and I found your blog very helpful, educational and upbeat! We have been considering retiring in Mexico for many years and have visited a few times.. The exact spot is as yet not decided; however, Puebla and Cholula sound wonderful. We have a few questions:1)We would like to find a specialist in pain management as we deal with a neurological and muscular d/o and are happy to say we are doing much better! Is there a list of recommended physicians we could contact ahead of a visit to one of the states and cities we will visit prior to coming back to the U.S. and finishing preparations;2)We have a wonderful, intelligent, and loving assistance Golden Retriever named Molly Brown who is a big part of our life – are there apartments that will lease to someone with MB? She is kept very well brushed and she sees her veterinarian for physicals and shots every year. We are very conscientious parents to MB, and clean up after her when we take her out for walks and she only barks if she senses a threat at the front or back door. Now, we give her a verbal “heads up” by telling her someone is on their way over and she seems to just wait, anxiously, by the front door. Our vet said to let her know 7-10 days prior to our trip so the letter will be up to date; 3)Is there a listing for apartments or a small house to rent that we can review while in the area or ahead of time? One last statement requires a true or false response: A young woman at the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia,PA told me that if we flew down and found the spot we wanted to call our new home,; found our physician; signed a rental/lease agreement that when we flew back to finish up all other preparations, she could help us fill out paperwork to apply for an FM3 status, ahead of returning to our new home in Mexico. T/F? She added that we would have several documents to provide them with. Congratulations on your new and very happy and satisfying life and love! Thanking you for your help, in advance. Can we meet for coffee or lunch if we end up making Puebla one of our stops? Thanks, again Rebecca and many blessings. Veronica & Lawrence

By: Rebecca Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:09:10 +0000 Hi Maria,

I’m glad you enjoy the blog. Thanks for saying so! I typically do my own taxes (or work with accountants in the States on IRS filings). However, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City may be able to recommend someone in DF or Puebla who is familiar with current U.S. tax laws. Contact American Citizen Services at or 01-55-5080-2000.

By: maria austria Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:18:32 +0000 Hi Rebecca,

I really enjoy reading your blog. Could you please help me? I’m trying to find an
accountant here in Puebla who can help me file my IRS declaration. I am a
U.S. citizen, retired from UAP and living on a pension.

By: Becca Tue, 17 Dec 2013 17:09:22 +0000 I’d second the “ask questions” part. During my most recent visit, with a coworker who was also getting his visa, the employee who attended him told us to wait a few minutes while they processed his papers, but when they never called him back to the counter, it turned out that the empoyee was wrong, and my coworker was actually supposed to come back in three weeks.

Another time, a lawyer told me that I wouldn’t get a fine for my visa expiring while I was out of the country, then when I had to renew it, the people at Immigration tried to fine me for it being expired (and then didn’t when I explained my situation). So it’s always a good idea to come prepared to ask questions and to double-check what you’re told!

By: Rebecca Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:34:11 +0000 Hi Mindy! Thanks for your insights. I’m sorry with missed each other too. And what a bummer about your permanent residency card. I avoid losing mine by leaving it at home. Although I suppose that legally I am supposed to the card with me at all times, I don’t: I make a two-sided color copy of it and keep that in my wallet to use as ID. I only carry the real one when I leave the country. So far, I haven’t had any problems. Fingers crossed that that continues!

By: Mindy Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:57:57 +0000 Hi Rebecca, uncanny that we were both in and out of there around the same time! Sorry I missed you. I have come to know the INM pretty well over the last month and a half, after my permanent visa was stolen (in a pickpocketing incident), and I had to apply for a duplicate.

A word to the wise: TAKE GOOOOOD CARE of that card once you get it; it never expires as you know, and the replacement cost me close to 4,000 pesos. Before I went, I called the INM (number is on their website), spoke to a real person as opposed to a machine, who told me what I needed to do and bring, etc. Very convenient, although, I must admit, we spoke in Spanish, so I don’t know how it would have gone in English. Had I known I would need to pay before starting the process, I would have downloaded the bank format from their webpage.

As it was, when I got there the first time, the security guard at the door told me where I could get my pictures — right down the block, and the woman at the papelería was great! Then I went back, got my number and there was a wait … luckily, I had a good book plus my current crochet project, so I didn’t mind. When it was my turn, they gave me the bank format, and I ran to the bank to pay, getting back just in time to finish the filing process before they closed. (NOTE: BE SURE TO MAKE TWO COPIES OF THE BANK RECEIPT WHEN YOU GET IT. YOU WILL NEED THEM and the INM won’t make them for you!)

Total time spent at the INM and running around: 3 hours. The next two visits were very fast. You get a tracking number, and you can simply find out for yourself when to go and do the other things, and on those visits, you don’t need a number. Your case is already there, and you just go to the correct ventanilla and complete your step. All of the people were friendly.

One last interesting observation: In contrast to my last card, this one is really GREEN. So, we can really refer to them accurately as our green cards! COOL! Saludos!

By: Rebecca Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:51:45 +0000 Great tips, Tricia — thanks for sharing them! We had the same experience re: shorter waits; arriving mid-morning seems to be the best bet.

By: Tricia Mon, 25 Nov 2013 15:25:30 +0000 I spent many a morning killing time at the INM office in Puebla, dealing with my own and my kids’ visas. Here’s my advice, for what it’s worth…
*Take a good book with you!
*It seems as though many folks arrive when the office first opens in hopes of getting in before the rush. I tended to find shorter waits later in the morning, actually.
*Don’t be too frightened if the queue is moving slowly. Sometimes twenty minutes will pass without any numbers being called, but then ten numbers will fly by in just a minute or two.
*Smile, say please and thank you, and don’t be afraid to ask them to walk you through the whole process. I found they were usually perfectly willing to write down exactly what I needed to do next, including documents I should gather, payments I should make, etc. Then when I returned, I could show whomever waited on me the to-do list I had been given, and report on what I had accomplished, or what I still had questions about.

Congratulations on your permanent residency status, Rebecca!