Jul 7, 2009, 8:28 PM
Post #6 of 7
It seems strange that they would be asking for proof of income to support your spouse on an FM3 renewal, with witnesses, unless your wife entered México on a tourist, or similar visa and this is the first time you have been asked to prove extra income to cover your spouse.
Many years ago I got my first FM3 visa at The Mexican Consulate in Phoenix, Arizona. At that time, I was asked to prove that I had 50% more income than I needed to qualify for an FM3 visa for myself to show proof of the ability to support my spouse, even though my wife is a Mexican citizen. I was not asked to provide any witnesses at that time. Maybe The Consulate had some people sign as witnesses without my realizing it though.
Every year I must prove 50% more income than I need to qualify for my FM3 renewal to show that I can support my Mexican wife, I am never asked to provide any witnesses, or fill out any special forms here in Cuernavaca, Morelos. As a Mexican citizen, my wife is not required to have any type of a visa to live in her own country.
It did seem strange to me at first that I would need to prove more income for my wife to live in her own country. Upon reflection, I now realize that in The US, if a man refuses to support his wife, she will have legal recourse in court to receive support payments. In this country, that type of legal protection will not always be provided for every spouse.
You might want to consider hiring a lawyer or facilitator for this first renewal and to get a FM3 visa for your wife, if she does not already have one. It really sounds to me like the person at immigration that has told you what you need to do, does not know their job duties very well, not unusual in Mexican government offices.
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(This post was edited by Papirex on Jul 7, 2009, 8:34 PM)