Mar 20, 2005, 7:58 AM
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I have several questions about FM3 status - I will split them into two posts.
A friend and I got a little ahead of ourselves as we prepared to retire early and relocate to Merida, Yucatan. We both went to the San Francisco, CA Mexican consulate and obtained FM3 visas. I activated mine in Merida, but my friend did not activate his - although he used it to enter Mexico one time for a one-week trip.
As things turned out, we did not relocate then. Now we are coming up on one year later, and still plan to buy a place in Mexico at any time and relocate within a year. The questions:
1 (a). Can my friend proceed as though he does not have the FM3, and just get an FMT on the plane and use it for entry next time he visits? He assumes he will need to start the FM3 process from scratch at some point. Will the previous issuance be of any consequence when he does this? If he goes through customs with an FMT will they note on the computer that he has an issued but invalid FM3?
1 (b). Since he never activated the FM3, when he gets a new one, can he still be eligible for a Menaje de Casa - or does the sixth month use-it-or-lose-it privilege start with the original issuance - even if that FM3 is never registered locally? We are hoping there is some flexibility here - maybe depends on our local consulate? Should I go there and inquire?
Thanks to all for any assistance...