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New Immigration Laws

Posted by Mazinka on August 7, 2011, 10:49 pm

Copied from MexConnect. It will take some time to work through the system so it's business as usual, at least for now.
Well the Ley de Migración was signed yesterday by president Calderon and published today in the Diario Official.

As I alluded to back in February there are changes! (for all foreigners in Mexico NOT only Central American migrants)

The new IDs are called Tarjeta de Residencia (Temporario or Permanente)

Gone are Non-inmigrante, inmigrante and Inmigrado and no more FM2, FM3
Visitante remains but there are changes there as well.

There are now 3 categories:

Visitante (6 kinds)
Residente temporario (2 Kinds) All No Inmigrante and Inmigrantes
Residente Permanente (1Kind) Inmigrados

I have not read the whole law in detail but I have scanned it. It seems “better” more lenient to me.

(Mexico will introduce a Point system for permanent resident applicants who do not want to fulfill the 4 year residency requirement as temporary residents)

Permanent residency after 4 years of temporary residency
Permanent residency after 2 years of marriage or common law relationship with Mexican citizen
Permanent residency without 4 years of residency if qualified by point system

I am not sure if it is correct but I got the impression from the new law that there are no more renewals every year but we will have to wait and see if that is true.

Although the Ley de Migracion has been published the Reglamento to the new Immigration law has not yet been published so as far as INM is concerned there are not yet procedures in place for issuing the new cards and all of the Requisitos (requirements) for the different classifications.

Something tells me it will be a bigger mess than last year when the changed over from the booklets to the new cards.

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