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maella1968
1/5/2010 12:35 EST

Should I hire an attorney to obtain the visas for our move to Mexico, or can I do this myself?

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RVGRINGO
1/5/2010 14:54 EST

If you are shipping a large quantity of household goods to Mexico via a moving company, you will require a 'menaje de casa' in order to get the one time duty free shippment. Your nearest Mexican consulate can give you details on that. They will also be able to take your application for an FM3 Visa, which will be needed for the 'menaje de casa'.
Otherwise, it is simpler to enter Mexico on an FMT tourist permit, good for up to 180 days, if you request it, and to then apply for your FM3 Visa after you have an address in Mexico. You have up until 30 days before your FMT expires (it isn't renewable) to apply for the FM3. You can do this yourself, with INM, and there is no need for an attorney; in fact, many of them don't know how to help you, but will take your payment and then stall you. Look after it yourself. If you need help with Spanish, find a bilingual person to help you if the INM agents don't speak enough English. Here, in Chapala, that isn't a problem at all.
Note: If you get your FM3 in the USA, there are time constraints which you must meet on your entry into Mexico and on shipping your goods. Then, you must register your FM3 at your destination within 30 days of crossing the border; just as much effort with INM as getting it in Mexico in the first place; about three visits over a month.

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maella1968
1/5/2010 20:13 EST

Thank you. This helps me to understand this process a little better. This move is going to involve a little more red tape than I had thought.

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