Mar 5, 2009, 2:06 PM
Post #1 of 8
About three years ago, I was told, both on this and other forums that changing status from FM3 to FM2 is an unnecessary expense, since the only requirement to apply for citizenship is five years of permanent residence in Mexico, doesn't matter if one has FM3 or FM2. At that time I also checked "Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores" english version website, and it also mentions the five year residency requirement only, and nothing about FM2. Another thing that I experienced at that time was that when I asked at "Instituto Nacional de Migracion" in Tijuana if I could apply to have my status changed to FM2, I was told that I couldn't do that before completing five years with FM3.
Recently I contacted via e-mail a lawyer in Tijuana, and asked him about this. He told me that one actually has to change his/her status to FM2 first. He quoted spanish version website of "Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores". I checked that, and he was right: the spanish version does mention the need of having FM2 when applying for citizenship. He said however that I could apply for FM2 now, without having to wait to complete five years with FM3, and then I could apply for citizenship when my total residency time (with FM3 and with FM2 combined) is five years.
Then again, the actual citizenship application does not mention specifically FM2.
Of course the lawyer wants to charge quite a lot for what I know I could do myself. The problem is that if I decide to try to change my status to FM2 without a lawyer, they are probably going to tell me to wait until five years are over at the "Instituto Nacional de Migracion", just like they did before. And since I'm not even sure that FM2 is really required for citizenship, I simply don't know what I should do.
Does anyone have a clue what the true answer to this misinformation is?