Jupiter Jumping June

As in busy as a bee, lots on my plate, overloaded, swamped! It’s crunch time.

1. I just have to finish moving out.

2. Find renters for both houses, sign contracts, and get deposits.

3. Doctor’s appointments for the kids on two different days (they only see two at a time, I have 3). I am going to beg for diarrhea medicine in anticipation that they will get sick when we get there.  I don’t know what else to beg for, so if you have any suggestions that would be awesome.

4. One last visit I need to make to the DMV Department of Motor Vehicles.

5. Court date from an accident and hopefully my last court date I have done everything they have asked for.

6. Plus one full day at the Mexican Consulate. (more info in a bit)

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Must tell you I received my USA PASSPORT! Finally ONE thing accomplished. It only took a month and a day.

The kids passport documents I sent first but remember they put a hold on them for the DS-3053 needed from J with a time limit.

I received J’s notarized forms, copy of his Mexican ID, and Original Birth Certificate May 30th 2013 (PERFECT ANNIVERSARY GIFT), and I forwarded DS-3053’s to the US Passport agency the following day. Let’s hope they speed it up and I get all the birth certificates back before our first appointment at the Mexican Consulate to start Dual citizenship for all of us on June 19th. Why do I say the first appointment? Well, because they do the process in steps and it’s a different appointment for each step.

Did you read that right? Yes all of us have appointments. Remember, I explained the visa process in a previous blog, but since we are all lucky enough to have one parent from Mexico we can skip all those shenanigans, except, I didn’t have my mother’s Mexico Birth Certificate as she died when I was 12. All her brothers and sisters are here but thanks to one of my aunts she contacted aunts and cousins who were kind enough to lend me their time, drive to the big city, pay the fees, and search for her certificate themselves. No, they don’t have the luxury of ordering them online. Not only did they retrieve it but hand delivered it to Houston. It’s not actually in my hands but it is here and will definitely have it by my appointment time!

This brings me to the many thanks that I owe and I owe more than I can count….. No that deserves a post all of its own.

Is that all?

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Double, Dual, Two, Duo, Dos

Dual Citizenship will be more of a hair pulling, pain in the butt kind of ordeal. It’s hard enough to deal with American Passports, but dealing with the Mexican Consulate will be a task to say the least. I at least speak Spanish and can understand what they are telling me. How Americans deal with them with the language barrier, I think they would have to hire an attorney to get anything done.

Most friends travel into Mexico as a Tourist and they have so many days they can spend there. I don’t know too much about that and I have not researched it.

There is a FM3 Visa: Basically, saying you’re only staying 5 years or less. If you decide to stay longer you can renew.

There is also a FM2: You plan to stay indefinitely. I could go on this but I wouldn’t be able own property or I wouldn’t be considered for any restaurant, secretarial, washing dishes type jobs. Nationals get first dibs on jobs, and employers have to prove to their government officials why a national could not do the job if I were chosen. Not that I actually want some of those jobs but if hard times are ahead of us, then I will take what I can get. Beggars can’t be choosy.

Those are your choices if you want to live in Mexico. You can’t apply for Dual Citizenship till after you have lived there for at least 2-5 years.

In our case, the only break we have gotten is that J is from Mexico so the kids can qualify for this automatically. Like American passport rules, he would have to provide his Birth Certificate but in addition his ID, they will mail those items back. Please don’t take what I have been told, or what I perceive as the truth, written in stone. It feels that every time I call the consulate I am told differently.

As for my Dual Citizenship, it will be a bit complicated but I want to do mine before I leave, unfortunately, I don’t get in because of marriage. I would also have to prove my parents are from Mexico. My mom was born in Durango, except mom died when I was twelve. I am counting on my aunt, who says there is still family there that can go to their local government office and LOOK for it. Nothing is online and they literally have to search for it.

Why do I need a Dual Citizenship? I want the opportunity to buy land in Mexico, get utilities, internet, a phone, all under my name, & get any job I might be qualified for.
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Peace! I mean DUECE!