03 March Blog
posted Mar 26, 2011 3:25 PM by Warren Jorgenson
posted Mar 14, 2011 6:28 PM by Warren Jorgenson [ updated Mar 20, 2011 8:03 PM ]
We found a place to live (A Home in El Centenario BCS)and will move in on April 1st. The location is in a suburb on the west side of La Paz called El Centenario. We looked at over 30 houses in 4 cities and decided that we like the people and the city of La Paz. A couple of the smaller towns were over run with gringos and and to much like tourist towns. Finally will be able to go fishing.
We have been shopping in a lot of the stores here in La Paz and the prices are great. One chain is giving Walmart a run for their money. They have posted outside by the entrance to the store two shopping carts with the exact same items in both carts. One cart is from Walmart and the other is their store. The have the itemized sales slips posted as well and the savings which is huge. http://tinyurl.com/4hkx8bg See photo
I got a complement today from a local Mexican. He said I drive like a Mexican. I ask why he said that and he told me that I'm already cussing at the tourist that don't know the local rules. Also Jan Lee has finally started to relax as we drive through stop signs. My total traffic fine in the US would be in the thousands already. Funny part is that since we have been here we have not seen one accident yet.
In La Paz they use what is called a polite rolling stop at the intersections. Intersections resemble a figure stock car race where all cars cross in the middle. We believe the reason for this is that most cars down hear would not get going again if they came to a complete stop or everyone is just in a hurry.
Today we submit our FM2 Papers to the Mexican Government with the help of Olivia Montano Puppo.
An FM2 Visa is a
good option for those who wish to become Inmigrados. As permanent residents we are not required to renew our
visas every year. As an FM2 holder, we are considered an Immigrant, and may apply for Mexican
citizenship after 5 years. FM2 Visa holders may not leave
the country for more than 18 months during any five-year
period, or we will lose our eligibility to apply for
Inmigrado status; if an FM2 Visa holder leaves the country
for longer than two years at a time, we will lose our tsatus as an Immigrant. As an FM2 Visa holder, we may work
in Mexico if we also apply for a work permit from
Immigration , as long as the work is legal. We must also
show proof of a certain amount of income when applying for
an FM2 Rentista (Rentista Immigrante) Visa.
income required is less if you own your own a home in Mexico.
We have settled here as a retiree, and therefore we had to
provided or prove to the Mexican government that we can live on
your retirement income. While an FM2 removes the pain of
having to renew our visa each year, it is more expensive
and harder to receive than an FM3, and it is not recommended
for retirees who intend to go back and forth to the US more
then once a year.
Rentista status may be issued to those who are 51 years of age or older, who intend to settle in Mexico without working. Applications for Rentista status must be accompanied by a letter from a bank or other financial institution, or from a government Social Security or pension agency, certifying the amount of money that the applicant receives each month. Copies of banks statements and proof that the account is really yours. documents that will prove the account is yours such as a check book, letter from your bank or even original statements are usually enough. Those over 51 who intend to retire in Mexico are encouraged to apply for a Rentista type of FM2 or FM3 Visa.
After living in Mexico for five years on an FM2 Visa, you may make a Declaratoria de Inmigrado, and apply for Inmigrado status. As an Inmigrado, you may qualify to receive Mexican nationality, and we do not need to give up our USA citizenship.Passport Information
U.S. Passport or passport of any other nationality, must have at least 6 months remaining validity from the day of entry into the country for which VISA has been applied for.
An FMM replaces the old FM-T Visa, or Tourist Visa, allows you to remain in Mexico for up to six months at a time. If you intend to keep a home in the United States or Canada, and visit Mexico for less than six months at a time, this may be the best option for you.
The FM3 Visa
An FM3 Visa allows you to
remain in Mexico for up to one year at a time. At the end of
each year, the FM3 Visa may be renewed.
With an FM3 Visa, you may leave and enter Mexico freely, at
any time, and you are allowed to work in Mexico. Getting an
FM3 makes bringing your household items (including one car)
into Mexico very easy.
What is "CURP"?
stands for Clave Unica Registro Poblacion, and is it like a social
security number for persons living in Mexico and Mexican citizens. "The
Unique Identification of Population Registry, better known as CURP,
is an instrument that is used for registration of an individual for all
inhabitants of Mexico, nationals and foreigners.
We arrived today at 4:30 pm after a great trip that started on December 29th. We stopped a long the way and enjoyed each and every stop. We arrive in La Paz to a party on the Malacon which was great. The Applebees gang was in rare form and it was a blast. We will be in town until Wednesday getting resupplied and then start looking for a house. Lots of new additions and improvements to the town since we were here in 2005.