American Working in Mexico
by Tom O'Malley
I spent five years working in Mexico. I worked under a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months. After that you were working illegally. I was technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval.
During that six months our Mexican and U.S. attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called an 'FM3'. It was in addition to my U.S. passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara's was the same, except hers did not permit her to work.
To apply for the FM3, I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies):
We called it our 'I am the greatest person on Earth' letter. It was fun to write.
All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish and be certified as legal translations,
Once they were completed, Barbara and I spent about five hours, accompanied by a Mexican attorney, touring
We could not protest any of the government's actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four
This meant we had rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved
We could not buy a home and were required to rent at very high rates and under contract and compliance with
We were required to get a Mexican driver's license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged
We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The
The FM3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees.
The Mexican government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant.
They never protest at their capitol or government offices, but do protest daily in front of the United States Embassy.
The U.S. Embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican military surrounds
Any issue might precipitate a protest, such as proposed law changes in California or Texas which affect Mexican
Please feel free to share this with everyone who thinks we are being hard on the illegals.
The article is a true account by Tom O'Malley, a US citizen who was a Director with S.W. BELL in Mexico City: according to American Digest who reported on O'Malley's experience here. Please ask your readers to send this post to their Congressmen, Senators in US Congress and their State Congress's. Also, send to Governors and local sheriffs/city councils that refuse to enforce out immigration laws. I know your very bright readers should be able to figure that out for themselves, but I don't think a reminder would insult any of us.