Jun 3, 2013, 11:00 AM
Re: [sioux4noff] passport for kids? Another Consideration
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We will cross that proverbial bridge when we come to it. I can't think of any reason the kids would need to rush to Mexico that they couldn't come by bus.
I try to be very tolerant of tangential responses on internet forums, but really, what I am looking for is someone who has entered Mexico by land with children under 16 who don't have passports. Or knows someone who that applies to. Can the kids enter Mexico by land and get an FMM without a passport? Or where I can find that information, which Mexican government website would cover that?
Thank you everyone for the unsolicited advice, and semi-useful things. I have researched this a lot, and know all about traveling by air for kids, and what adults need for land crossings, and that kids under 16 really do not need passports to re-enter the US by land.
I just have this very specific question and can't find out where to get an answer.
This applies to me! Although both my daughters have passports, the older one misplaced hers once in the middle of a trip to Texas. I ried and cried and cried thinking they wouldnt let us enter Mexico (ie, come home to our family/my husband /their father) . After 3 hours of frantically looking at every place we went that day, I turned around and headed down the Anzulduas Bridge back into Mexico.
Not only did the official not ask to see their passports, he didnt even ask to see mine. He asked where we were going and I replied "home, we live in DF with my husband and suegros" he asked if we were Americans and I said yes. Then he waved us on.
Did I renew her FMM that day like I was supposed to? No. Is the world going to end because of it? No. Is that the law? No, and I would never advise someone to break the law.
The NEXT day, I left my oldest with my husband there in Reynosa for the morning. When I crossed back into the States, the border patrol guy was the same one who we spoke to the day before when crossing. He remembered I had TWO daughters, and asked me where she was. When I explained she had lost her passport, he told me "American citizens can NEVER be denied entry to this country. You could show up at the border naked and we could find a way to look you up. Bringing a copy of drivers license, or birth certs makes it easier but it is not necessary, we can always find a way."
So the THIRD day I took my oldest with me (from Mxico back to the US) and we encountered a different border patrol guy. He asked where her passport was, and I said it was lost. He clicked on his comouter for 30 seconds, found her and let us through.
A note on crossing without both parents - my children have different last names than mine on my passport (havent changed my passport yet) . We havent crossed with my husband since our initial crossing into mexico when we moved down. Everyone asks where their father is, and I explain he is waiting in Mexico and isnt legally allowed to cross with us. Then they wave us on. The same set of questions when crossing by air as by land.
I know my situation isnt 100% the same as what you are experiencing, but based on my personal experiences you can definately cross them into Mexico for a short visit. An immigration office at the border would be the best place to call to clarify what other documents outside of a passport would be recommendend for the FMM application. You will in no way whatsoever have problems with th children having a single mother, especially since no father is listed on the birth certificate. If the last names of the children are the same as the mother it will be even easier. There are tons of single parents that travel with their children. I personally know many American wives of mexican husbands who frequently cross alone with their children , and besides the usual "why cant your husband cross?" questioning, they have never had a problem.
Let me lookfor a number of one of the aduana officers in Reynosa who helped us the first time we crossed, she was very sweet and told us to call if we ever had questions or problems. Maybe she can direct me to the right person to ask your specific question.
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