As I reported almost a year ago, in order for me to remain in Mexico beyond the 180 day maximum duration of a tourist visa (FMT) I have had to apply for and obtain an FM 3 visa. Which I did last February in Merida.
The folks at the Merida office were uniformly pleasant, efficient, and patient with my often inadequate Spanish. Owing to the relatively large population of foreigners in Merida the immigration office there was always quite busy. Those visiting the office must check in with the security guard on the porch, who issues a visitor badge, before entering the building. At the reception desk visitors are issued a number, color coded to the nature of one’s business, and are directed to the appropriate office. Then one waits.
Since I have moved I must notify the immigration authorites of the change in my address. I waited until I was able to escape the dog pound as I knew I would not stay there for long, even though one is required to notify the authorities of a change of address within 30.
It then being 30 days since I moved into my apartment, a week ago Friday I went to the local immigration office and explained that I must change my address. When I entered the office I encountered two immigration officials, one sitting behind a desk and the other sitting in front reading the Diario; and that was it, just the two fellows. There were no customers waiting so I was immediately invited to sit in front of the desk. Though I had taken copies of items that I presumed they would need, the gentlemen very kindly looked over the copies and informed me of the additional paperwork necessary. They also reminded me to not return on Monday as it was the November 20th holiday. I was in and out in ten minutes.
Tuesday I returned to the office with all of the required paperwork and checked in with the very pleasant security guard. When I entered the office there was one woman seated behind a desk assisting a gringa. Wihin five minutes I was seated in front of the desk, the woman looked over the paperwork I submitted, filled out a couple of forms, took my FM3 visa, and instructed me to return the following Monday to retrieve my updated FM 3. I was in and out in twenty minutes.
So there are other advantages to living in Xalapa than just the more temperate climate.