Friday, March 2, 2018

Real Estate in Jalisco

Get yourself a good realtor! Shop for what you want; one story, small 2 bedroom, or room for guests. After owning here for 10 years, people who come visit like staying at S.F. Hotel in Chapala.  They have freedom to walk about, check things out without a car. There is so much to see, hire a realtor to drive you about like I did. Ask questions, and figure out what section of the Lake you prefer.  From West to South of the lake: Jocotopec, San Juan Cosala, Ajijic, La Floresta, Walmart, San Antonio, Chula Vista, Mirasol, Chapala.  Our first home was in Chapala and we felt totally safe, however, there is a fiesta quite regularly into the wee hours of the morning so in January 2017 we moved just 5 miles outside Chapala towards Mezcala in a little pueblo named San Nicolas.  We are around the corner from Vista Del Lago Country Estates which are fabulous homes around a 9 hole golf course.  For just 500 pesos annually you can become a social member and enjoy the monthly dinner parties with entertainment. It is quieter living along side the lake in San Nicolas de Ibarra. Just remember this is Mexico and we are guests. The happy folks here will throw a Fiesta to celebrate
anything and everything. It is just a 5 minute ride, on a good road to the park in Chapala to walk our dog, and it is 8 miles to shop at Soriano for groceries.  The fitness center I joined is in Mirasol "Fit for Life" and they have a "Curves" circuit of equipment that I can easily manage three times a week.  There are a number of fantastic cafe's nearby.  A few places that we frequent are in San Antonio.  Panino's, Adelita's, and the new cafe just across the street from Panino's.  There is also access to a malecon in San Antonio to walk your dog.  Our dog Rags was adopted from the Lucky Dog Shelter and he has since attended obedience and agility school.  The mayor of Chapala has done an excellent job by increasing safety A recent Sermon by Pastor Ken Armstrong and his lovely bride Dawn and I are organizing a fun female group at Lakeside called the The Bodacious Babes in Christ.  We love living in Mexico and the real estate taxes and cost of living make it affordable enough that a person has money to give back and to travel.  View the video and the pictures posted on this link An Expat Blogs.
and tourism around Lake Chapala.  Our annual cost to maintain our home in San Nicolas, which includes property taxes, the water bill, insurance, renewing annual tags on both cars is a whopping $560.00 USD annually.  Besides the affordability, we love the culture, the people, the various service opportunities, and the fellowship at Little Chapel in Mirasol. I actually found the place I originally purchased online in the USA. We sold it in 2017 and found the next home in one of the many Real Estate for sale magazines that are here at Lakeside.  Enjoy the adventure.  Check this site for Health Insurance options, and recommended restaurants on the links provided on the right.  Hasta Luego!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Great Church

Little Chapel by the Lake is a non-denominational, Bible believing and teaching church. The basic faith is that Christians are called to be "ambassadors of reconciliation".  After Sunday service a light lunch is served and mingling is encouraged. Little Chapel "Guardian Angels" helps those who live alone and they offer an ear to hear and prayers for those who ask.  LOCATION: Right on the carretera just before or after San Antonio in Chula Vista.  You will be delighted by this very friendly congregation. Sunday service begins at 11:00 AM. Pastor Ken Armstrong speaks English and his background lends to a great
respect for those who have attended various other congregations.  One Little Chapel mission is to serve the community of San Juan Tecomatlan. A small pueblo located 10 miles North of Chapala on the way to Mezcala. Little Chapel supplies fresh water, clothing and food for 40 humble families there. APPRECIATED DONATIONS OF: Toothpaste, pet food, all sizes of shoes and socks, bed linens, bath or kitchen towels, used walkers, canes, chair cushions will be taken to San Juan Tecomatlan. A fun group of us participate in a weekly ministry called "Fun with Music" where a few of us, including a keyboard, travel around the lake to a number of different care homes to visit and bring joy to those who rarely get visited. You can also participate in a weekly bible study at the pastor's home.  These are notes from a recent study on Ephesians 6 Got Your Armor On? For more information on the background of our beloved Pastor Ken and his wife Dawn Armstrong, read the comments below this post.  You can reach the Pastor at  376-108-1861.  Associate Pastor Earl Schenck  331-637-0128. Off the Carretera (lakeside highway) across from TiCorp Insurance. in the city of Mirasol.  Our Lord is doing wonderful things through people that moved to Lakeside from all parts of the globe.  All denominations are welcome, and like any other church all volunteers are welcome. Ah, ya gotta just love RETIREMENT!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Manzanillo Resort

At port city beach near Colima can be reached by car in just 3 hours from Chapala.  Enjoy beautiful, safe toll roads all the way.  Love meeting up at Mom's cafe with friends at 8:00 AM and getting on the road by 9:00 AM to arrive at the beach by noon.  Just past the volcano in Colima, the coconut groves wave and point you towards this under populated port beach town. For the Starbucks, Carl's Junior, Dairy Queen, Domino's Pizza junk foodies - there is a new mall as you come into town and the upstairs, air conditioned food court is outstanding!  We have stayed at the HM, Pepe's, Las Hadas and the Camino Real in Manzanillo.  While in town I always check out new places and I give  The Barcelo Karmina five stars.  It has a private beach, it sits on the Las Hadas golf course, four swimming pools, WIFI and it is ALL INCLUSIVE.  By clicking the above link, you join the Premium Club for FREE and you get points in peso rebates for each stay.  The Barcelo has hotels worldwide.  Stayed for Mothers Day and plan on New Years Eve in a deluxe suite at a great price as a Premium Club Member.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Healthy Eating in Mexico

It is easy to overeat at Lakeside because there are a number of fabulous restaurants along the lake. The Paris Cafe, Bruno's, Paninos, Montana Cafe, Cafe Negro, Tango, Pranzo, Lake Taco and the Food Court at Del Lago. Staying at home to cook or bake has become a delightful passion only AFTER I put on more weight than I would like to confess! The Shepherd's Code is NOT a diet, it is a lifestyle change for anyone who wants to prevent disease or to lose weight. It is an easy adjustment because you can still eat bagels, chocolate, whip cream, sandwiches, pancakes, even crackers and cheese, all made out of ingredients that are NOT full of carbohydrates.   SIMPLE RULE is to EAT FAT to LOSE FAT.  Keep the daily carb count to 20 and have FUN in the kitchen while watching your clothes get baggy.  A local missionary couple shared that together they have lost over 60 pounds in 60 days! This link will direct you to a collection of recipes that are designed to put your body into the FAT burning mode, or ketosis. The Shepherd's Code  be sure and watch the video at the bottom of "Breakfast Choices".  Kristina WIlds, a faithful wife wrote this book and developed The Shepherd's Code to help her husband who has ALS. Available on Amazon.

Thursday, January 4, 2018


If you are just planning to visit Mexico, order pesos before you get on the plane. If you plan on moving to Mexico, I suggest that you open account with Wells Fargo in the USA. Order pesos from Wells Fargo International 800-626-9430 before you leave the USA. When you arrive in Chapala, open an account at Bancomer in Chapala right near the water fountain. Bancomer is a sister branch of Wells Fargo. Bancomer is #1 bank in Mexico.
When you return to the USA, go to your Wells Fargo branch and request to SIGN a Wells Fargo Express Send Remittance CONTRACT.  800-556-0605. Your account name in the USA "MUST" match your account name at Bancomer "exactly".  (Mary Sue Money/First, Middle, Last) Unless it matches exactly the Express Send will be disabled.  Express Send allows you to transfer funds from your USA Wells Fargo account to Mexico directly into your Bancomer account. You can transfer up to $10,000 per month, at $1,500 per transfer. Each time you transfer there
is only a $5.00 fee.  This is a great advantage because the ATM fee's are excessive for every withdrawl while in Mexico. Research affirms that boarding a plane in the USA with less than $9,900 USA dollars/ converted into pesos, is safe, and okay. It is NOT very EASY to convert USA cash into PESOS once you land in Mexico. It is good advice to order pesos before departing. In 2014 laws changed and cashing a USA check has become an issue at many banking institutions. The USA now demands that all funds leaving the USA be tracked by social security number.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


What a great find! ISHOP  is located in San Antonio near Paninos. All those who serve you speak English.  UPS, FEDEX, FAX, DHL, and regular US Post mail will safely arrive to your family and friends when placed in the
 capable hands of ISHOP. We do not have a printer at home because we do not need one.  When we must print, I send ISHOP an email with the attached document and they print for me. For just a few pesos, you can do anything.  A coffee shop is right next to the mail boxes.  We rented a box here and share the annual cost with a few neighbors as we rarely receive anything but email. We used ISHOP to FEDEX docs to close escrow in the USA.  With the cost of a box, you can receive packages delivered to ISHOP and they call you to come and pickup. PHONE: (376) 766-1933 and the FAX (376) 766-2755.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

JALISCO 2016 Traffic Laws

Each Jalsico car must be smog checked and a new sticker applied on or before the month that corresponds to the last digit of its license plate. OUR last digit is a (3) so we must get car smogged each year before March, and on the third day of the week which is Tuesday or Martes.  The smog fee is only 300 pesos. PENSION is the place in Chapala to get smogged. ADDRESS: 375 Zaragoza. You must bring the CARD you get from the Mexican DMV when you pay for annual registration. Traffic fines are calculated in multiples of Jalsico's minimum daily wage, which is 67 pesos in 2014.  ; all traffic fines can be paid at most banks, at the 7-Eleven, and OXXO convenient stores. Fines are levied against a CAR not a person.  If someone else drives your car and gets a ticket, and fine remains unpaid, you will be responsible to pay when you renew your car registration.  KEEP receipt or PINK slip to your car in a SAFE place. Jalisco requires that all cars be insured in the amount of 6,000 days at minimum wage (67 pesos X 6,000) for bodily injury, and or property damage to third parties.  You must also carry 25,000 days ($1,682,250 pesos) for death.
Regulation article 199 states that if the fine is paid within 10 working days, you will get a 50% discount. If paid within 29 working days you will get a 25% discount.  In the Lake Chapala area, fines can be paid at the Hacienda Treasury office located at Degollado #306, Chapala and other places herein mentioned.  AFTER filling out the form on the following website:
POLICE OFFICER RULES: Under ARTICLE 159: Policeman may NOT take your drivers license or any other document, but they are allowed to look at them.  In some Mexico states, this is NOT the case.  Each car MUST have back bumpers/fenders.  MUST have windshield wipers. MUST have side mirrors. MUST have functioning headlights.  MUST have a license plate.  MUST NOT drive in reverse over 10 kilometers per hour.  (5 miles per hour)
DRIVING SOMEONE ELSES CAR: If you are driving a friends car and they are not in the car with you, you need a signed letter from the owner of the car authorizing you to drive it, plus a copy of their ID in order for policeman to match signatures. ARTICLE 189; policeman may NOT commit extortion ( may not ask for bribes, or MORDITAS). This is abusing their authority and police officers who do extort money can be sentenced to 1-5 years in prison.  IMPOUNDED CAR REASONS: Car parked which blocks a garage or reserved spot.  Driving without a license plate.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Seguro Popular for ER

Any person can obtain health insurance in Mexico for an annual fee of $300 USA. The IMSS office for residents of Chapala is located across from old railway station, near Christiana park on
Gonzalez Gallo. It is best to use a local attorney to get through the (3) step application process. The IMSS hospital in Guad has the latest technology and equipment. The picture here is of the Seguro Popular office in Chapala, Seguro compares to county health care in the USA. For an emergency you can get care, but you will wait in long lines, and the Seguro hospitals are filled with stressed out, under paid doctors and nurses.
The ALTERNATIVE Health Insurance option for those who do not wish to pay the $300 annual premium for IMSS insurance is to apply for SEGURO POPULAR
whose office is shown in the first and 2nd pictures above. SEGURO compares to county health insurance in the USA. To apply for SEGURO you will need your passport, your CURP card, your GREEN card, and a CFE bill in your name with your address on it.  Once you receive your Seguro Popular acceptance 8 x 11
sheet of paper, you can obtain FREE meds.  You get SEGURO meds filled at the pharmacy located at 380 Zaragoza. However, in order to be seen by a SEGURO doctor, you need to arrive at 7:30 AM and stand in a line that could take up to an hour.  Therefore, we established a relationship with a local doctor and for minor emergencies, a cold, flu, infection etc. We opt to pay the 300 pesos per office visit and save our IMSS insurance for anything major, like a needed surgery, heart attack or whatever. There are many great doctors at Lakeside.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


PART A begins at the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento, or in the town that issues passports near you in the States.  You must bring BANK stamped copies of 3 months bank statements. Marriage License. Passport. Drivers License, Copy of deed, Copies of any IRA's or other investments. Mexican Consulate takes your photo, takes fingerprints and electronically dispatches to Mexico. They also issue you a 6 month visa, which is a special stamp inside your passport. Once you enter Mexico, you have 90 days to begin the application process.  CALL immigration attorney Spencer in Chapala 376-765-7553. His office is on Hidlago on the lakeside of the street, NEXT DOOR to the Lake Chapala Inn sign on Hidalgo. A fee of 5,500 pesos ($400 USA) will ensure a quick turn around. Give your passport and airline Visa to Spencer and he will complete all ever changing required forms.
IF you are NOT a pensioner with automatic monthly deposits of at least $1,500 per month, you can only file for temporary status.  IF you already own a home in Mexico, the application process for a Residente Permanente, or a Residente Temporal is faster. Applicants will now need two appointments at INM offices to finish the immigration process. Using a local attorney HELPS because they have established relationships at the INM office. One appointment is required to have your fingerprints taken, to sign papers and to deliver your (6) photos. You will need to return for a second appointment to receive your wallet GREEN colored (PR) immigration card. The day you pick up your GREEN Residente Permanente (RP) card, drop off a photocopy of your PASSPORT and a copy of FRONT and BACK of GREEN (RP) card at INM office and request a CURP card.  A curp card is necessary to obtain State of Jalisco Health Insurance at Seguro Popular.  The INM is responsible for accepting and/or rejecting visa applications from foreigners who wish to live in Mexico. Another agency, the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores (Secretary of Exterior Relations or SRE, sometimes also called the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) is responsible for monitoring immigrants within its borders. Specific information about the laws can be obtained by individuals who hire attorneys to expedite the process and avoid long delays. BELOW a picture of GREEN (RP) Residente Permanente wallet sized card.  MAKE a color copy and get it laminated to carry with you.  The laminated copy is sufficient at banks etc. Keep the original at home in a safe place.  IF it gets lost or stolen, it is a huge process to get replacement.  Spencer makes this process a breeze.  Expect it to take 2 months to get GREEN card, and TWO weeks to get CURP card.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Beach Manzanillo

Since we arrived in January 2013 we have traveled to the lovely beaches of Puerto Vallarta twice, and we explored hotels in Mazatlan four times.  We now prefer Manzanillo because it is less populated and it is only a short 3.5 hours from our casa. Scenic toll roads all the way through Colima to the
beach.  We have stayed at four different hotels in Manzanillo and our favorite is the Camino Real. Drive into Manzanillo, past the HM hotel, and through the light, Starbucks on the right, and Wal-Mart on the left.  Turn left at the end of Wal-Mart, then drive towards the beach.  Make the first right hand turn and you end up at Camino Real. You can rent horses, go golfing, or a long list of other activities from the Concierge.  From Chapala, drive to Jocotopec, take road to Guad, then follow signs to Colima on 15D. Hotel Camino Real, Manzanillo. From Mexico call 001-314-331-1740.  ADDRESS: Calle Paraiso 11 Residential Salahua, Manzanillo, Colima 28869  ONLY 50 rooms, NOT all inclusive, check-in time is 3:00 PM. You will enjoy the junior suites which all have ocean view with kitchenette, dining room, living room, locking safes and you can WALK to everywhere!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Connected as One

"Walk this way" and follow Me, into My word and be blessed by what God shall reveal unto you. LOVE is a verb! God is Love and He is active and moving. His love is the seed that He placed in us when we were conceived. His plans for us are predestined. His love for us is evident in all the miraculous beauty that surrounds us. We are His wide varietal bouquet, each person a unique flower, delicate, and beautiful to behold! We shine, we sparkle because of the Light of Jesus within. Jesus gave us the charge to go and LIGHT UP THE WORLD. We are His and He is our unlimited Source of power! Our sparkle is polished to a radiant shine as we gather together regularly to be honest, to be transparent, and love one another as we are loved. As His chosen people, comitt to remaining accountable to the following: SPARKLE AT HOME in His holy Presence. Remain in Him, as He remains in Thee. In complete UNITY embrace these truths:

1) God's Word is active
2) Salavation is by grace
3) The Diety of Jesus
4) Jesus will return
5) Resurrection reality
6) Jesus born of a virgin
7) The Holy Trinity exists

Our Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, as One, we call on the Name above all names, we call on Jesus, and we speak His name with reverence, for He is holy, He is God and we worship Him because He alone is worthy. As the church is His, not man's creation, not man's building, not man's monument, as His people we agree to disagree about the non-essential things that may cause His children to divide and therefore fall from His grace.

1) Method of baptism - fully immersed, sprinkled, pool, ocean
2) Kinds of worship music - songs - instruments
3) The role of a woman serving Christ in the church
4) Wearing make-up or believers dancing
5) Whether drinking a glass of wine is a sin
6) What date or time Jesus is coming back
7) What version of the Word of God should be studied

Imagine the people of Stockton, Lodi, Manteca (and beyond) coming together weekly to discuss the Holy Bible while developing new transparent friendships. Imagine people of Ajijic, Chapala and Guadalaraja being changed as a result of regular participation. As we sparkle at home, and invite others to gather in an atmosphere of beauty and worship, to partake in the living and active Word of God, let us delight in our personal Jesus and in the astounding ways He blesses us, cares for us, equips us, restores us, and uses us, individually as we tell others of what He has done in us and through us. AMEN! Let us BE REAL about our faith, our walk, and our growth in Him, by Him and for His glory. Let us come together with the same Holy Bible, in differenct communities, neighborhoods and continents ~ to be connected by the same Saviour, who loves all, redeems all, and provides for all our needs. Let us learn from the experience of other gardeners in the field of Jesus followers. This is an awesome vision! A church of Jesus Christ that outgrew a home, because He attracted so many by our Joy in Him! Our homes overflowed and so a simple midtown structure was built to provide a place for a growing number of people, all who admit a desire to share in the Joy of the Lord that we carry. The first Chapala church will be held in Unit #7 at Villa Santa Paula in 2014. Jesus gave me this vision and I trust that He will prepare me, and the way for this vision to be a reality. If you live in Jalisco, hold this vision in your prayer and know that God will spread His Message of Salvation, Restoration and Revelation in you, and in your home too. No need to wait upon Barbara, just open your doors, invite Jesus and others and He will make it happen. Women in positions of leadership at other churches, or local businesses, please join me in a prayer for preparation and provision. Let us be willing servants for our Lord Jesus longs to bless us in unimaginable ways. "I will not leave you nor forsake you." Joshua 1:5 -- As we go through life, we are encapsulated in God's love, secured by His covenant, and guided by His Word. Notes from the sermon given by Pastor Ken at Little Chapel on Sunday February 4, 2018. The words we mumble, sing or pray do NOT sway God to act on our behalf.....the Holy Spirit thankfully intercedes for us, and His will, NOT ours is consistently done. "Living in Him" means that we are His chosen Ambassadors and we are to represent Who He is through us, the mercy, grace, love, compassion and kindness we extend...we first received from Jesus.  By taking His name, His word...we are clothed in His righteousness, and His way becomes our best response to all people, in every situation. We call ourselves Christians, NOT in vain for our gain, but with humility and gratitude for all He has done "in" us and for us. Like in marriage we become One and take His name, for His purposes and glory. AMEN

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The American Legion

There is so much GOOD we can do in Mexico.  It is a wide open mission field which enables "retired" folks to stay busy doing something that builds the kingdom, while giving us peace about how we can help. There are many worthy organizations.  The Hope House is an orphange for boys. For more information click this link:  HOPE HOUSE
The American Legion post #7 is located on the corner of Morelos and Guerrero in Chapala. The Legion also raises money to assist those who are less fortunate.  Whether you are visiting Lakeside, or living at Lakeside full time, your donations of clothing and food will be distributed by the Legion in Chapala. The annual renewal fee for membership at the Legion is only 300 pesos. With that membership you get a 10% discount of food at their American cafe.  Comfort foods, a lending library and monthly events gives you ample opportunity to fellowship with folks amazing folks from around the globe.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Cultural Center in Chapala

President Porfirio Diaz
In 1888, Chapala had become the preferred resort for most "Tapatios".  People native to Guadalajara flocked to the beautiful shores of Lake Chapala and enjoyed staying in a variety of hotels that were built to accomodate those who came to relax, dine and golf. The mild temperatures, the beauty of the circling hills and the passenger boats all added to the charm of many affluent Mexican families. In the 1800's the winding roads
El Manglar - The Mangrove
to reach Chapala from Guad made the trip very hard.  Porfirio Diaz had made that trip many times before becoming the President of Mexico and he stayed at his
brother-in-laws casa named "El Manglar"  This Mangrove is where President Diaz and his entourage enjoyed the many fruits of Chapala.  Many proposals to connect Chapala by rail to Guadalajara were made.  The Train Station's
original Grand Opening was to be May 15, 1888, however, the reality of the terrible unrest of the Mexican Revolution interveneed and more than 25 years passed before the station was built. The Chapala Train Station finally opened to
The Architect and Engineer
the public on April 8, 1920.  From 1904-1909, Chapala was the chosen spring time vacation destination for Mexico President Porfirio Diaz and his family and friends. The architect and engineer Guillermo de Alba designed the building based on his studies as a student in Chicago.  De Alba reflected the town's hope for a brighter future with elegant pillars and grand rooms for hosting cultural events.  On the ground floor, two rooms are dedicated to
temporary exhibits.  The 16.2 miles of rail to connect Chapala with Guad were installed in 1917. The Museum today holds many artifacts from around lakeside. The water level of Lake Chapala rose dramatically and flooded the station in 1925. The lakeside property passes through many hands until Jesus Gonzalez Gallo acquired it.
Once the flood waters receded, the Gonzalez Gortazar family agreed to lend the property to the expats in Chapala to use as a clubhouse much like the Lake Chapala Society property in Ajijic. Eventually the building was abandoned and was left to decay for years.  For the purpose of creating a cultural
Ave Christiana in 1930 - Chapala
center, Mrs Paz de Gonzalez Gallo chose to donate the property to the State Government of Jalisco.  In 1997 the restoration work began with the collaboration of the Cultural Heritage area of the Secretary of Culture, the Chapala City Council and the organization "Adopt a Work of Art".  The old Train Station was re-baptized as the Gonzalez Gallo Cultural center and was officially opened on March 28, 2006.  It is open to the public every day except Mondays.  Hours of operation is Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM and Sundays from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. For more information contact: The Gonzalez Gallo Cultural Center at 376-765-7424.  The admission is FREE.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


It is a short walk for me from San Nicolas to the Country Club where we enjoy Friday night buffets, Mahjong, hitting golf balls, or just walking the lovely 9 hole course in the evening. Drive to the Country Club de Chapala along the road that leads to Mezcala.  You will pass the town of Santa Cruz, then San Nicolas, then enter through the gates of Chapala Country Club. A beautiful paved
road takes you up to the security gate.  Pause and tell them you are going to the golf course, the guard lifts the gate and you will drive up another few hundred yards and turn right into the club.  The green fees for non-members are 1,200 pesos for 18 or less holes which includes a cart between the hours of 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  If you tee off after 2:00 PM it is 650 pesos.  If you wait to tee off after
4:00 PM it is only 400 pesos. Golfing ends at 7:00 PM. It is a nine hole course, but 18 holes can be played.  Get a Social membership for only 500 pesos per year, per couple. It includes line dancing, Zumba, Yoga, Majhong and social dinner parties.  Check in at the stone
Pro Shop where you can purchase a bucket of balls and go to the driving range or take lessons from Romero.  All golfers must hire a Caddy who will spot your balls and guide you through the course.  Standard Caddy fees are posted in the clubhouse which are dependent on the size of your group.  No fivesomes allowed, only two people per cart and each player must have their own clubs. The course was designed by Harry Offutt in 1956, a golf Pro from the USA.
All other information is on this link. Country Club de Chapala

Travel Info for Expats

This info is ONLY for expats who live in Mexico full time or part time. Make sure to carefully fill out the FMM form CORRECTLY. HAND WRITE Resident Permanente across the TOP of FMM form. Country of Residence is MEXICO. Purpose of travel: Other.As an RP visa holder (Resident Permanent), any time you fly out of Mexico you will have to fill out an FMM and give it to the airline carrier to be attached to your boarding pass. The shorter lower segment of
the form will be collected at the INM desk prior to entering the boarding area. The tricky part is how the FMM is handled when reentering Mexico. Airline personnel usually hand out the forms on board the flight to Mexico. Permanent Residents MUST fill in the information boxes in the top portion of the form, including noting Mexico as country of residence (box #7), the number shown on the back of the INM green card (box #8), checking OTHER/OTRO as purpose of trip (box #9). ADD the hand-written notation Residente Permanente across the top of the form and detach the lower portion of form to KEEP until you arrive home. Once off the plane, pay close attention as you go through the immigration filter. First of all show the official your INM resident
green card and passport and verbally state "soy residente." Then hand over only the top portion of the FMM. Cooperate if the official on duty insists that you fill out both segments of the form, but make sure that the gray areas designated for Uso Oficial are filled out properly before leaving the immigration desk. ALARM: If there is a check mark in the section labeled Estancia Maxima 180 days you will be registered as a visitor in the INM data base, automatically losing your resident status. Stand your ground to see that the mistake is corrected and the section below, titled "Unicamente Para Efectos Estadisticos," is CORRECTLY checked off in the box labeled Tarjeta Permanente Temporal. Resident.  Expats NEED to follow the same procedures when leaving and entering the country by land or sea. Guillermina Cortés also pointed out that RP and PT holders are not subject to paying any processing fees to airline companies or immigration checkpoints since they have already paid the requisite taxes for obtaining their visas. All it takes is a seemingly minor clerical error committed when going through immigration stations at border crossings and as you make your way through international airports.
ALERT yourself to the DETAILS of each FMM form you fill out, and before leaving the WINDOW at Guad Airport, make sure the correct BOX below USO OFFICIAL is correct. A Residente Temporal (RT) or Residente Permanente (RP) status could be MISTAKENLY SWITCHED to a visitor permit good for a maximum of 180 days. According to INM's Chapala office chief Guillermina Cortés, at least a dozen lakeside area immigrants have lost their residency visas due to paperwork glitches when returning to Mexico from trips abroad. Essentially the problem stems from errors in processing the Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM), a standard form that must be submitted individually by all foreigners entering and exiting Mexico. PRINT THIS AND KEEP PAPER INSIDE PASSPORT.