New 2016 Financial Requirements for Visas

New 2016 Financial Requirements for Visas

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Mexico publishes a cost of living adjustment each year in the form of an official daily minimum wage rate. When the minimum daily wage rate changes, so do the minimum financical requirements for immigration visas since they’re expressed in multiples of that rate. Here is the rate for 2015 and the resulting financial requirements needed to qualify for a Residente Temporal visa and a Residente Permanente visa. 

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It’s Now Law: Delinquent US Tax Debt Can Limit Your Travel Rights

It’s Now Law: Delinquent US Tax Debt Can Limit Your Travel Rights

Courtesy of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and US Congress, it is now law: Anyone with “seriously delinquent tax debt” (greater than $50,000) risks having their US passport revoked or not renewed. This tax provision was part of the transportation bill President Obama signed into law on December 4th, 2015. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly…

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Retraction Regarding Birds of Paradise Condominiums

Retraction Regarding Birds of Paradise Condominiums

On November 27th, I published an article of an interview I conducted with Attorney Spencer McMullen on November 23rd. The procedure used to develop the article was the same as all interview articles I write: I record the interview using an iPhone app, play the recording back later for myself, and type a draft article from it. I then email the draft to McMullen for his review and edits. He returns the edited version, and that’s what I publish. The article published on November 27th followed that procedure.

It came to light yesterday that certain information in the article is incorrect. McMullen had commented on the lax standards of security used at local properties in general, and stated as an example that there had been 5 break-ins at one of his clients’ condominium at the Birds of Paradise property. A playback of my recording confirms this statement, and McMullen’s edited article did not revise or delete it.

The chairperson of the Birds of Paradise Board of Directors, Marianne Hodgson, has taken exception to the article, and has said that no such thing occurred. After bringing this matter to the attention of McMullen, I was authorized to publish the following (unedited) response.

“I do not recall mentioning Birds of Paradise as an example of a place where a client had been broken into many times.  There is a fraccionamiento mentioned by a client but it certainly was not Birds of Paradise nor even on the same road and I have had zero reports about break ins or employee malfeasance at Birds of Paradise, I have been ill the past few weeks and will be more conscientious when reviewing interviews and also I usually dont mention names as names change but other factors remain constant and focusing on names really doesnt help as people feel hurt if they are mentioned and others may feel a false sense of security thinking that if a place isnt mentioned that it is safe while it is all random, many crimes go unreported and I only know due to professional experience and even then it may be only a fraction of what is really happening.   As I had said, even in the presumed safest gated communities thing happen”

I immediately modified the article to its current content, specifically stating that the property in question is not Birds of Paradise. As the publisher and editor of the Lake Chapala Reporter, I sincerely regret having published incorrect information, and I apologize to the Birds of Paradise Condominiums Association for the negative impact the article may have caused.

In light of this incident, and of McMullen’s comments above, there are no plans to conduct any further interviews for publication with Attorney Spencer McMullen.

 
Attorney Spencer McMullen Interview: Seguro Returno at Near Standstill

Attorney Spencer McMullen Interview: Seguro Returno at Near Standstill

What’s new this month? The Chapala municipal offices at the palacio on lower Calle Madero have extended their office hours to accommodate people who work. The hours used to be 9 to 3, like bankers’ hours. But now the hours are 8 to 4. That should help people who need to pay their property taxes,…

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Immigration Change: An Interview with Attorney Spencer McMullen

Immigration Change: An Interview with Attorney Spencer McMullen

What are your thoughts about the new Chapala government? Have you met any of the officials, yet? Yes, I met with Oscar Espána today. He’s the third in command there, the syndico. I invited him and people on his staff to attend a series of diploma courses I’m taking on municipal law in Guadalajara. I…

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An Interview with Attorney Spencer McMullen: US Blacklisted Organizations and People in Jalisco

An Interview with Attorney Spencer McMullen: US Blacklisted Organizations and People in Jalisco

Have you come across any interesting cases this month? Yes, just last week, in fact. A guy here sold his trailer to a friend 4 years ago. The friend never registered the trailer in Mexico. So, the tax man came to the original guy’s house to collect 4 years’ worth of taxes and penalties for…

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