My Life in México - Main Directory
Latest Update 10 February 2015
My Mexican Family
My Personal Stuff
My Building Projects (Index) This is the story of building a new house and another story of remodeling an old house. Lots of pictures.
Building a House in Tarzana, California This is how my move to Mexico actually began nine years before.
Carnitas and Chicharrones - Part 1
shows the killing and dressing of a pig. It may
Part 2 shows the cooking.
Part 3 shows the making of chicharrones
Holidays and Fiestas
This and That
Archaeology in México under construction
News and Magazines under construction
Mexican Kitchens (Index) These visits to several Mexican home kitchens show slices of Mexican home life as well as instructions for making delicious Mexican food.
You can contact me at Rolly@rollybrook.com. Be sure your subject line makes it clear that you have a question and that your message is not junk mail.
The basic minimum wage for 2014 will be $67.29 pesos. This is the basis for calculating many things, such as INM charges, traffic fines, and other government fees.
The INM procedures handbook is here. in Spanish
A summary of visa application requirements is here. in Spanish
INM fees for 2015 (Pesos)
Application fee to change from tourist $1,124
4 years $7,914
Permanent: (two fees required)
no work $332 (about USD$20)
with work permit $2,642
Regularization $1,124 (plus fines)
Travel Letter (permission to leave while a renewal is in progress) $360
Replacement of lost card: $1,083
If you believe your INM office is being unfair or is misapplying the rules, you are encouraged to report your concerns to the national office.
There is a list of INM offices here. The offices at border crossings, seaports and airports are, generally, not full services offices equipped to handle Residente matters.
If you have problems or special questions about your vehicle permit or refund, you can e-mail the Banjercito answer man. He is bi-lingual: Sr. Erik Fernandez Carranza at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a Residente Permanente, you cannot have a foreign plated car. As soon as you are issued an RP, your TIP (Temporary Import Permit) becomes void, and you must remove the car from México at once, there is no grace period.. If you have not removed the car before you got your RP, you will need to go to SAT to get a Safe Passage permit to allow you to drive the car out of the country.
Mexican Automobile Insurance including motorcycles and rental cars
Article 106 -- car rules
Safe Return driving out of the country with an expired permit
Finding Your Mexican Home (Housing)
Teaching English This page is disabled pending more information regarding the new INM rules.
Spanish Language Schools (under construction)
Embassies and Consulates lists all of México's embassies and consulates all over the world. It also lists the embassies and consulates of other countries in México.
The Constitution of Mexico in English, 2009
Mexican Spanish <> English Lexicons:
Food and Cooking Words This page is quite large, so the two-part download will take a minute or so.
Computer Terms This page is quite large, so the two-part download will take a minute or so.