Jul 27, 2012, 8:09 PM
Post #5 of 7
Rolly is right, there are no shortcuts available for anyone merely because they are legally married to a Mexican citizen. The laws, rules, and regulations differ in every Mexican State. When a federal law is passed in this country, it does not automatically become the law in all 32 states here. Instead, it is sent to all of the state legislatures, To be considered for passage, with or without being amended.
That is why you should never accept the way someone says to do anything, Without finding out how it must be done locally. I was married to a Mexicana For almost 25 years when she died, I was on the second or third year of a Visitante visa card ( the equivalent of the old FM3 visa. I had been on a FM2 visa when the new cards were first issued, but I was not qualified for a Residente card (the equivalent of the FM 2 Visa, which I had before the new cards were issued.
After my wife died, I was told that I had to apply for a new visa as a non – familiar person. I was issued a new Visitante Visa, and told that I was starting from scratch again, it will take another 5 years for me to get a Residente card now.
AS to registering your marriage locally, that will be up to the state where you will be living. I used to need to provide an apostilled copy of our marriage certificate every year, which were retained by the Mexican immigration service. Those apostilled copies used to cost me about $40 US Dollars each from The State of Alaska, where we were married.
Because of several other problems. I had to hire a very expensive lawyer to help me with my annual visa renewals. When I told him I only had one apostilled marriage certificate left. And I would need to order more of them for future renewals, he told me he was going to México City that day and he could register our marriage certificate With the federal government, and, according to federal law, the registered certificate must be returned to me every year. That worked great for one year.
After that, we got a new governor and mayor, I think, And the Immigration service stopped asking for apostilled copies of our marriage certificate. The department heads are all political appointees down here.
I can tell you from experience that being married to a Mexican grants you no special treatment, or shortcuts. Never try to use logic to convince anyone in a government office to do anything the way you want them to do it. Logic doesn't work down here.
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