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Following the immigration process in Rocky Point

The immigration process is a multifaceted matter and there are many procedures involved. The Temporary or permanent residences are the most requested In Puerto Peñasco: “When an alien comes to Mexico he/she usually has two intentions: the first, to live temporarily or permanently in the country and the second is to buy real estate; in either case, a legal residence status will be requested and the Treasury Department will request a NUE (Alien Unique Number), granted by the National Institute of Migration to a legal resident in Mexico only, therefore it is mandatory to be a legal resident.”

The Immigration process in Mexico, especially in the bordering states is a subject with a wide range of characteristics that involves professionals of all types. In Sonora, more so in Puerto Peñasco, the specialized immigration lawyers have a special role since those who exercise it, carry a great responsibility and help visitors to become residents. The lawyer Isbia Chavez Jauregui, worked
for the National Institute of Migration for more than four years, and has specialized in immigration. She mentioned the steps involved in these immigration procedures, specifically in our municipality.

Forms and protocols

Ms. Chávez’s office will supply any extra forms that may be required. Normally once the process has been resolved and authorized, two e-mail notifications will be received for fingerprinting and deliver the photos; the process time to pick up your resident card will be between two to three weeks (in the understanding that each case is different and that the waiting time may vary, whether it is shorter or longer time).

Chavez stressed the importance of making clear that in Mexico there are certain protocols that must be followed for the completion of this type of paperwork, and according to her experience, sometimes the perception on the way said processes have to be carried out are wrong, we will inform the interested party properly and professionally according to his or her situation. Chávez offers help at her office from the beginning to the end like the original documents required to be presented for collation, which are returned to the client on the same day the application is filed to immigration. The fees paid to the National Institute of Migration have to be made at the bank only -without exception- to the assigned bank to its specific account number, which varies depending on the procedure or residence time allowed.

Refugee Application

Among other less common procedure is the “refugee application” for people whose lives are in danger in their country, whether they have been threatened or have suffered attempted assault or murder. This kind of case takes longer and is more complicated, but it is good to know that it can be filed here in Puerto Peñasco. We welcome all the foreigners visiting our port and, it will be our pleasure to help you doing our best if you need it.

It is worth mentioning that a knowledgeable representative and adviser on the subject maybe be what you need to follow up your paperwork when it takes longer time. Some resident status applications require annual renewals and other times notifications for changing of address, marital status, changes of place of work, among others. A fine will apply on an expired resident status card and having a person responsible to follow up would avoid it. Another example is when a person only wants to own a piece of property and he/she is advised to remain in Mexico until his or her residence is approved. If he or she needs to leave the country, a special permit has to be filed and there is a nominal cost for that, otherwise the approval process may be affected.

Come visit soon!

So come visit Rocky Point and discover the closest beach town to Phoenix, Arizona, only about 60 miles south of the border.  And remember – after you visit, you’ll return frequently.  So, when that happens, remember Anchor Storage: the place to keep your things secure in Rocky Point.  It’s always easier to store your beach things, jet skis, and other large and small items than it is to haul them down time after time.

Thank you for reading Following the immigration process in Rocky Point, written by Greg Hixon.  Be sure to check out other posts here in the Anchor Storage blog.  You’ll uncover the many wonderful aspects of Rocky Point, Mexico, from blog posts like this.

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