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  1. According to the D.O.F. this tramite is once again available. I see a few changes. The new process requires three appointments: Primera cita to deliver copies of your passport and INM card, and other documents. This allows them to check if you meet basic requirements. Segunda cita to give your biometric data (probably fingerprints) and show the originals. Tercera cita to attempt the exams on Mexican history and the Spanish language. Only two attempts are allowed for the exams. After that, your naturalization application is cancelled and you have to wait 3 months to start over. Unless I've misinterpreted this, it looks really sub-optimal assuming the history/culture exam is difficult. Everyone's time is wasted if the applicant makes it to the exams and then cannot pass. Edited to add that is for naturalization by residency.
  2. SRE announced that applicants for Mexican citizenship by naturalization will no longer have to obtain their own (federal) constancia de no antecedentes penales. Instead, that document will be automatically requested during the application for Mexican citizenship. SRE agilizará constancia antecedentes penales
  3. Is there some backdoor way to submit an application for citizenship based on residency, like by hiring an attorney, paying a facilitator, or bribing SEGOB? Rogelio Funes Mori received his naturalization certificate a month ago. He didn't even apply until after SRE had closed the process. The process has not reopened so what gives? Clearly they made an exception and are somehow able to receive and process applications..who do I need to pay off because I'm so frustrated at waiting for the opportunity for them to tell me I don't know Mexican history well enough. Last time this suspended SRE trámite was discussed in DOF was Sept of 2020.
  4. You'll be fine. I've driven leased vehicles into the US before. The conversation at the border always goes one of two ways "This your vehicle?" "Yes" No further questions about the car "This your vehicle?" "Yes" "Why does the registration say (lease company name)? "It's a lease / It's a company car" And then of you happen to get stopped by police at any point while in the US they're just looking to ensure the VIN doesn't come back stolen and also that you have valid US insurance on the vehicle in your name. My advice is say as little as possible, don't offer information or give a complicated story. It's your car, you pay on it/paid for it, it's a lease. Done.
  5. Okay, great. Yeah, the stamps are really hard to read. And if the E and S can be ignored, I have every stamp that I need and I've carefully kept track. Sounds like I can relax and just ensure my signed statement is accurate. Thanks for the quick responses.
  6. The only stamps in my passport are from Mexico (none from other countries). I just double checked and yes, there are exit stamps. The format of the stamps are: 01 MAR 21 S , 01 MAR 19 E, etc The "E" and "S" correspond to an entrada or salida, except in the case of my most recent entry to Mexico. Thank you for sharing the sample letter, I'm going to use that when I apply for naturalizacion. Assuming they ever reopen the process. It's incredibly frustrating at this point. I have 8 years of residency, was eligible March 18 of last year (right when the pandemic began), and have been here full time since. Prior, I was doing half a year here, half NOB. Now I've got a great project I'm starting up in Canada in June that will last nearly two years. So at this point it's sayonara nationality unless the process reopens in the next 5 months.
  7. I have kept a spreadsheet of all my entries and exits from Mexico since receiving my residency card. Just now, I was adding a new column to show which page each stamp is on. I discovered something interesting and I'm worried it might be a problem when applying for naturalization. The most recent entry stamp, from March of this year, says the date and followed by that is "S". All of the other stamps are correct and show "E" for entrada, and "S" for salida. But I checked my flight receipt, and the spreadsheet, and I'm certain that was an entry, not a salida (I mean I'm here within Mexico....) What should I do? edit: I just emailed VivaAerobus requesting a copy of the flight ticket, and any proof that I boarded the flight.
  8. As other posters have mentioned, the answer hinges on whether you're a Canadian resident (under the applicable laws and regulations at issue, not necessarily for some other purpose like tax purposes). Under Canadian law, you'd be attempting to temporarily import your Mexican-registered vehicle if you arrived at a land border with it, intending to drive it into Canada as a Visitor. Visitor meaning the legal definition of that term under the applicable regulation, not whatever our practical/everyday sense of the word might be. NAFTA does not apply to temporary importations. NAFTA is a treaty involving commerce, it does not touch on whether tourists can drive their cars across national borders for temporary stays. So NAFTA 2.0/USMCA only enters the picture when someone attempts a sale/permanent import/etc of a foreign vehicle. The following excerpts are from the agency's own interpretation of Transport Canada's interpretation of the applicable federal laws, which means it can be expected to be most favourable to the agency itself and least favorable to you (that's simply how administrative law works in the anglo-saxon world, the agencies are always going to push for the interpretation that they prefer, you'd need a court case to challenge and refine their interpretation if it seems incorrect). https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d19/d19-12-1-eng.html Visitor means a person who is not a resident or a temporary resident and who enters Canada for a period not exceeding 12 months. -- 9. To be eligible for importation, vehicles must qualify for entry under one of the following two principles: (a) vehicles that are required to be registered in the RIV Program, only applies to US specification vehicles purchased or originally sold in the US at the retail level or belonging to the category of Prescribed class of vehicle from Mexico (passenger car, MPV, truck or bus only); (b) vehicles that are not required to be registered in the RIV Program applies to all other vehicle entries including CMVSS vehicles, age-exempt vehicles, non-regulated vehicles and vehicles imported temporarily. -- Vehicles Entered Temporarily 67. Vehicles that enter Canada temporarily may or may not require a Vehicle Import Form – Form 1 or RIV e-Form 1 depending on the situation such as they need to be registered in the province or territory during their temporary entry. In such cases, the importer can submit a completed Vehicle Import Form – Form 1 or RIV e-Form 1 and indicate that the vehicle is not required to enter the RIV Program by checking the "visitor or temporary resident" entry box. -- 68. A temporarily imported vehicle cannot be sold, gifted or otherwise disposed of while in Canada, does not qualify for permanent importation and cannot remain in Canada longer than the time constraints listed on a person’s work permit, student visa, or other CBSA entry documents.[...] -- Vehicles Entered Temporarily - Visitors, Tourists and Temporary Residents 69. Vehicles may be admitted into Canada without having to comply with TC import requirements when they are used exclusively by a person entering Canada as a visitor for a period not exceeding 12 months; or temporary residents such as students studying at a learning institution, for the duration of their studies in Canada; or individuals with valid work permits/authorizations for employment for a period not exceeding 36 months. 70. Temporary residents and visa holders whose vehicle require licensing while in Canada, may submit a Vehicle Import Form – Form 1 or a RIV e-Form 1 at the border.
  9. There are several recent news articles about a soccer player named Rogelio Funes Mori who allegedly began the naturalizacion process in Mexico back in September (of 2020) and says that he anticipates finishing this month. It sounds like he applied based on residency. The articles are of course more focused on the implications for Mexican soccer, not the specific legal process. Still, does anyone know if there's some back door way to get an application started? Beyond "be a famous entertainer/sports personality?" I'm also wondering, when he claims to have started the process in September, could that mean he was just gathering documents, getting them legalized, and getting his carta de no antecedentes penales? And really he hasn't even applied with SRE yet? If that's the case, maybe his lawyers have inside information and SRE is planning to reopen the tramite later this month....
  10. Nogales, no. Tucson and Phoenix have been okay with just printed online bank statements (no notary no stamp from the bank). Or regular mailed statements if you have the past few months still.
  11. Just received my carta de no antecedentes penales (federal). I arrived 10 minutes prior to my appointment to find a long line, so initially I waited in it. Appeared to be mostly upper class central americans. I listened to them talking to the guard as the line moved forward and quickly realized that none of them had a cita. So I raised my voice, said una disculpa, tengo una cita (in only 8 minutes at that point...) and the guard glanced at the printed email and waved me into the metal detector. The lady on the other side told me I must apagar el celular, and she watched me turn it off. After that I walked into the building, did the temp check and hand sanitizer thing, and awaited the lady at the counter, who was receiving, reviewing, processing, and following up on the cartas all by herself! Here's the process I had to follow, in case anyone else has to attempt this without a translator: Show the lady at the counter all *copies* of (1) birth certificate + apostille, (2) translated birth certificate, (3) INM card (4) copy of just the photo page of passport. I gave a color copy which she accepted without complaint. The only original she wanted to see was my INM (residente permanente) card. She stapled all of those copies together and put a one-page application page on top, told me to go fill it out and then return to the counter. The form required me to write my name, the date, check which items I had provided (the copies stapled to the form), and under which section of the law I was entitled to get the carta (section B, the first option). Then sign and date. Then it gets interesting. You give her the form and go sit and wait again. Eventually she brings you a photocopy of what she produced. You must review it, ensure that your name and details are accurate, then return to the counter. Then hand write on the copy near the top "Recibo/recibi el original / [fecha] / [firma]". Then you awkwardly wait for her to find the original she had just produced, she hands it to you and that's it, "que tenga un buen dia, bai".
  12. I would guess that Campeche will be the first delegacion that opens to accept applications. If that happens, the question will be, do the officials there accept an application from a non resident of Campeche?
  13. Thanks Scott. Everything you posted was helpful and I now see the chain of DOF entries you referred to. It looks like Sept 29th was the last update to Sexto a) ,which appears to be the relevant language, just as you pointed out. I did receive a response from them earlier today. They mentioned the same DOF entries as you, and indicated that the process is currently suspended nationwide, and will only be restarted for in person transactions when "the health authority" announces appropriate measures to prevent contagion from in-person activities and the semaphore is green in the office location (either the central SRE office, or the particular state where the remote delegation is located). He also mentioned that all constancias with expiration dates would still be held to the date printed on the document, and if it has no stated expiration date or validity period, 3 months is what SRE will use as the maximum permissible validity period from the date of issue. In my case that means I need to get my application in to SRE by 07 Jan 2021 or I will need to start over.
  14. Could you share some supportive evidence? A news article or D.O.F. entry, etc. Thank you for mentioning that either way, it has prompted me to contact them tomorrow via email and telephone, to confirm which tramites they are currently offering.
  15. Which SRE office do I go to in Mexico City after I receive the carta de no antecedentes penales? I have a checklist of all of the items that I need to bring to apply for naturalizacion por residencia (from the SRE website), plus the amount that I need to pay before I go, and bring the receipt...but their website doesn't say which branch office in Mexico City handles this, and there are lots of locations. https://directorio.sre.gob.mx/index.php/delegaciones
  16. I just received a response, 9 days after requesting the cita via email. They highlighted one of the required items, I suppose to indicate that I omitted it in my original request. I think it's accurate because I realized a few hours after I sent my request that I failed to include the solicitud, which I free typed, citing which law entitles me to request the carta, and which department/entity requires it of me (the SRE). The email they sent from is: citasantecedentes@sspc.gob.mx edit to give a timeline summary: - Emailed them to requested a cita, with docs attached to email - 9 days later, received a response the was a copy/paste of the required documents to attach, with "solicitud fundada" highlighted. No explanation, no human communication. - A couple of hours after receiving their email, I replied with the request letter attached, and my signature pasted into the letter - 5 days later they responded with a confirmation of cita, indicating the date and time and what to bring
  17. 8 days have passed since I emailed SEGOB requesting a cita, with all of the required information attached. I emailed both addresses that they've advertised (as above, and also citasantecedentes@ same domain). I've also called them several times but no one answers, and no one returns my voicemail messages.
  18. Update: I just successfully created my cuenta "Llave CDMX" The website is impressive. I entered my CURP and it auto-filled my data. Then I uploaded: (1) Color pdf of front and back of INM card, (2) photo of a recent foto tamanno credencial, and (3) An estado de cuenta from my bank. Documents are under review and when approved, I will have a full account that *should* be sufficient to request a Carta de No Antecedentes Penales at the federal level. **edit - Nope! This appears to be a solicitud for a Carta de No Antecedentes that is equivalent to the State-level Carta. In other words, if you reside in the CDMX, this would be the state letter of no criminal records, and not the letter you get in Coyoacan. In the "Alcaldia" section of the solicitud, the only listed options are neighborhoods of Mexico City.
  19. I read on El Financiero that CDMX is offering the Carta de no Antecedentes Penales online, as of yesterday. Does anyone know if this online method would work for foreigners trying to obtain the Carta for naturalization purposes? I intend to attempt to register a Llave CDMX tomorrow and try this for myself, but wondering if anyone has thoughts about whether our situation as extranjeros would prevent us from using the new online method. Source: https://elfinanciero.com.mx/cdmx/tienes-un-nuevo-empleo-y-requieres-constancia-de-no-antecedentes-penales-ya-la-puedes-obtener-en-linea
  20. About 5-6 weeks after visiting my local INM branch office. That's with having either the temporary visa they paste into your passport, or a valid residente temporal. I think they advised me that it could take between 1 week and 3 months.
  21. In 29 of 31 states, a valid temporal or permanente immigration status must be proven to obtain a driving license, which if issued expires on the same date as the immigration credential. Therefore if you hold a valid unexpired license, any law enforcement or INM official could infer that you also have valid immigration status. Unless your license was issued in Guerrero or Zacatecas. I've never been asked to show a passport or other proof of immigration status, except when entering or exiting the country. Also, it seems that officials are focused on migrants from central america these days, not people from Canada or the USA.
  22. Does anyone know, from direct experience or from indirect accounts, if workers ever solicit or demand bribes during the naturalization exam? I've read several stories about the difficulty level of the history exam, with lots of people unable to pass on the first try, yet there are no corresponding tales of bribery. I'm not saying I always expect corruption from Mexico, but human nature suggests that some enterprising soul would decide that he or she could enrich himself from this situation...also, how does the test taker know that s/he genuinely passed or failed?
  23. I just tried to access the "Mi Cuenta" page from the CFE website and it's showing an HTTP2 Protocol Error. url is: www.cfe.mx/Casa/Mi-cuenta/Pages/default.aspx I'm not on an island currently and this is the bookmark I use every 2 months to login and view my bill, so I suspect CFE is experiencing some sort of outage. update: looks like I need to change my bookmark. Now the account login is done directly from https://www.cfe.mx/Pages/Index.aspx I just successfully logged in with my saved credentials and I can see my bill and account status.
  24. I'm also curious when in the process SRE presented you with the printout. I plan to call them to explain my situation and understand what they will require of me. Fingers crossed that what they tell me is the same as what the person from SRE demands of me when I apply in CDMX.
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