FM3 Instructions for Getting and Keeping It in Loreto

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Walking to the immigration center in Loreto last year to get our FM3. We had already started the process at the Mexico consulate in San Jose, CA. The immigration office is located within the UABCS University.

I just got back from the latest Loreto Bay Homeowners Potluck Party in Piedmont, CA. More details on that to come in a following entry.

For now, I wanted to write a follow on to a previous entry which had some admittedly cryptic information on navigating through an FM3 renewal. I realized it was hard to understand when I was trying to use the information from the entry myself to prepare for our FM3 renewal when we go down late October.

Thanks to the resourcefulness of Jane, Sharon, Nancy and Kim we were able to get clear instructions tonight at the event direct from the immigration office in Loreto.

So here are the requirements for an FM3 and an FM3 renewal. You need two additional pieces of documentation for a new vs. a renewal. To see the original document of instruction that Jane presented at the potluck, click here.

1. Official Application form filled out. Click here for the fillable PDF form.

2. Letter signed by applicant requesting: extension (prorroga), Permanent residence (permanencia), change of activity or migratory status. Click here for a sample.

3. Your passport and one copy.

4. Original and one copy of your present Mexican immigration document.

5. Proof of domicile in Mexico. eg. copy of a utility bill or your tax bill.

6. Photos 4×4 cm, black and white, not instant, 3 front view and 3 profile. (NEW FM3 ONLY)

7. Original form FM-1 filled out using a typewriter. Click here for a fillable PDF form of the FM-1.  (NEW FM3 ONLY)

8. Your last three bank statements stating an amount no less than 250 days of official minimum wages in the Federal District of Mexico.

Also, according to Barry and Pat, make sure to bring a file folder for each application as you are expected to provide your own. If you fail to do so, you will need to go to the local stationary store to purchase it.

The whole process can take about a week or more.

If you need photos and didn’t get them taken prior to arriving in Loreto, there is a “Photo Video” shop down the street from the immigration office on the main street Salvatiera in front of the gas station. When in doubt, ask the Inn at Loreto Bay concierge for directions.

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Front of the Photo Video shop in Loreto.

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Inside the immigration office. It was raining cats and dogs the day we applied for the first time in November 2007. Clint took this photo just before he ran out, down the street to see if our photos were done at Photo Video.

If you have other tips and advice for getting or renewing the FM3 in Loreto, please share in the comments.

Caveat from Jane Lurie: “The Mexico that we love is home to magic realism. This information represents the truth as we understand it from that visit to the immigration office in Loreto and only applies to the process for that office. I will be renewing my FM3 and Sharon will be applying for a new one next week when we’re there. We’ll let you know how the process worked and the time it took to get the documents into our hands.”

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  • Loni Kao Stark

    <p>Additional notes from Anne F. who just renewed her FM3:</p> <p> 1) the renewal date is one year from the time your FM3 is stamped on your arrival in Mexico (NOT, as we thought, from the time it is finally notarized at Immigration) . It must be renewed at the same place as the initial notarization. So it's best to get it stamped at a time when you will likely be spending time in Loreto in the future ( and not, as we did, in July).<br /> 2) you can turn in your renewal application up to 30 days prior to the actual renewal date. <br /> 3) plan for 2-3 weeks (worst case) to get it completed and returned to you. <br /> 4) make sure you have the red and white exit permit which you get at the airport when you leave. Immigration will fine you $250 if you don't have it. <br /> </p>

  • Loni Kao Stark

    Additional notes from Anne F. who just renewed her FM3:

    1) the renewal date is one year from the time your FM3 is stamped on your arrival in Mexico (NOT, as we thought, from the time it is finally notarized at Immigration) . It must be renewed at the same place as the initial notarization. So it’s best to get it stamped at a time when you will likely be spending time in Loreto in the future ( and not, as we did, in July).
    2) you can turn in your renewal application up to 30 days prior to the actual renewal date.
    3) plan for 2-3 weeks (worst case) to get it completed and returned to you.
    4) make sure you have the red and white exit permit which you get at the airport when you leave. Immigration will fine you $250 if you don’t have it.

  • Loni Kao Stark

    Additional notes from Anne F. who just renewed her FM3:

    1) the renewal date is one year from the time your FM3 is stamped on your arrival in Mexico (NOT, as we thought, from the time it is finally notarized at Immigration) . It must be renewed at the same place as the initial notarization. So it’s best to get it stamped at a time when you will likely be spending time in Loreto in the future ( and not, as we did, in July).
    2) you can turn in your renewal application up to 30 days prior to the actual renewal date.
    3) plan for 2-3 weeks (worst case) to get it completed and returned to you.
    4) make sure you have the red and white exit permit which you get at the airport when you leave. Immigration will fine you $250 if you don’t have it.

  • Loni Kao Stark

    I realize I never commented after the fact on how our FM3 renewal went. I want to thank everyone for the information. I've posted our experience here with additional tips:<br />
    <br />
    <a href="http://www.starkinsider.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21&start=0&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://www.starkinsider.com/forums/viewtopic….</a>" target="_blank">http://www.starkinsider.com/forums/viewtopic….</a></a>

  • Loni Kao Stark

    I realize I never commented after the fact on how our FM3 renewal went. I want to thank everyone for the information. I’ve posted our experience here with additional tips:

    http://www.starkinsider.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21&start=0

    • Baja Barry

      Loni – I’m a bit confused. The summary above says that the photos are only required for a new issuance, yet your after the fact document implies you supplied photos for your renewals. Pat & I are heading down next month to renew ours. I’m also wondering what they do about your U.S. passports, since they attached a full page visa with a picture – do they replace it?

  • Loni Kao Stark

    I realize I never commented after the fact on how our FM3 renewal went. I want to thank everyone for the information. I’ve posted our experience here with additional tips:

    http://www.starkinsider.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21&start=0

    • Baja Barry

      Loni – I’m a bit confused. The summary above says that the photos are only required for a new issuance, yet your after the fact document implies you supplied photos for your renewals. Pat & I are heading down next month to renew ours. I’m also wondering what they do about your U.S. passports, since they attached a full page visa with a picture – do they replace it?

  • Baja Barry

    Loni – I'm a bit confused. The summary above says that the photos are only required for a new issuance, yet your after the fact document implies you supplied photos for your renewals. Pat &amp; I are heading down next month to renew ours. I'm also wondering what they do about your U.S. passports, since they attached a full page visa with a picture – do they replace it?

  • Loni Kao Stark

    Hi Barry – Good luck on your renewals – let us know how it goes. <br />
    <br />
    I posted your question and response in the forums so it will be easier to find in the future for those that want to use it as reference or add their experience.:<br />
    <br />
    <a href="http://www.starkinsider.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=21&start=0&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://www.starkinsider.com/forums/viewtopic….</a>" target="_blank">http://www.starkinsider.com/forums/viewtopic….</a></a>