It is time that I renew my FM 3 visa for another year, so I have again had occassion to visit the immigration office here in Xalapa. An FM 3 visa, as you may remember, permits me to reside in Mexico for one year periods and is renewable for four additional years. So last Friday it was off the immigration office, a ten minute walk from the apartment.
I arrived at the immigration office at about 9:30, and signed in with the security guard who remembers me from my first visit and always greets me warmly. In the office I found one fellow seated with the one staffperson present and a woman waiting. Soon six more folks arrived and another staffperson arrived to attend to the crowd.
At any rate within 15 minutes I was seated at the desk with the same very kind woman who had processed my change of address request. She looked over the paperwork I had submitted, filled out a form, presented me with a copy of the form, and told me return in a week to pick up my renewed visa.
In and out in less than a half hour.
By the way. Anyone who can demonstrate that they have lived in Mexico legally for a period of five years can apply for citiizenship. As I understand, there is no test, simply file the application, pay the fee, and attend the annual ceremony in Mexico City where the president confers citizenship.