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Sonia Diaz Consulting

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My name is Sonia Diaz. My education includes a three-year university degree in Human Resources. Hence, my Licenciada designation. My husband is Canadian and our daughter is 13. My husband and our daughter are my inspiration, my rock, my teachers.

I have been consulting for several years. The information you will find here is based on actual experience on the many topics I cover. I process visas every day. According to the staff of the various offices, I process by more visas, INAPAM, Seguro Popular, drivers’ licenses and citizenship than any other individual in San Miguel.

I work closely with staff at various government offices such as INM, (immigration); State driver’s license office; DIF for INAPAM; Presidencia (city hall); Seguro Popular (healthcare); SAT (taxation) and many others

I work both in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City and soon Puerto Vallarta. I can also provide most Immigration services throughout Mexico.

Mexico’s greatest consistency is inconsistency. Working relationships are very important in Mexico and they often make a difference in the cost of items, level of service, including outright denial, and timing. Personally, I have friends at every government office at which I interact with. It makes the process so much easier. Bureaucracy is rampant. For example, opening a bank account may take 2 hours and there may be 20 pages of documents. In registering a vehicle if one document is missing or one is not perfect you will be turned away. This includes the need for the original bill of sale to be kept with the car for its’ life and signed off with the exact right words in Spanish by each seller. Every facet of government process is like this.

The visa process starts at a Mexican consulate outside of Mexico, often requiring an appointment. Please be prepared. 

Consulates are fairly consistent but not totally in that some want original financial statements and others printouts; some want a marriage license and children’s birth certificates, etc. Once in Mexico, there is a process at your local Immigration office that may take 8 weeks or more. If one makes a mistake with the bank payment, for example, your funds are lost. If one when entering Mexico does not obtain the proper form or makes errors in the process starting over at a consulate may happen. Plan to be in Mexico until the process is completed which as noted may be 8 weeks or more.

Bringing in a lot of household items with a moving company is expensive and may be subject to tax. Mexico is a country of 123 million people and most items are available here and some better suited for the climate and lifestyle. There is always Amazon.com even in Mexico.

Those who are tourists or temporary residents may bring a foreign plated vehicle. A permanent resident may not.

Do not assume a lawyer is always the solution in obtaining assistance. There are few truly knowledgeable Immigration lawyers. Some provide the service with limited experience as they know expats will pay a higher fee than what they normally charge Mexicans. I, for example, process more visas than anyone in San Miguel and likely more than most anyone in Mexico. Lawyers have called me for advice. The same applies to citizenship as clients come to me after their “lawyer” took their money and sent them on a wild goose chase. I also process more Seguro Popular healthcare memberships, INAPAM senior’s discount cards, driver’s licenses vs anyone in San Miguel de Allende.

Come to Mexico knowing the pace is slower; the infrastructure may often not be to your expectations; you are a viewed by many as having an abundance even though you may not; mañana means not today and not necessarily tomorrow; getting angry at workers and especially in government offices while may be what you wish to do, it never works. Enjoy the beauty and the food and the spirit of Mexicans while remembering half the country is very poorly educated and live in poverty. The minimum wage is $5 US for a 9-hour day.

If you really, really want to help a family, provide all the requirements (on your own or in concert with others) to send their child to a private school. Education is the key to Mexico’s future and you will change not only that child’s life dramatically but also the parents and siblings,

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I’ve co-authored the book The Move to Mexico Bible with Beverly Wood now available on Amazon to help those interested in making the move to Mexico.

I can be contacted by:

CELL: (044) 415-106-1499

EMAIL: SONIANGEL32@hotmail.com

WEBSITE: www.soniadiaz.mx  

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/www.soniadiaz.mx

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Review of Move to Mexico Now Intro eCourse

More than 11 years ago, my husband and I decided that moving to Mexico was in our near future. We were living in Virginia at the time and I felt I should do some research on what our lives would be like once we moved. So I signed up for several Expat sites and a few Expat groups and tried to find answers to my questions by searching through those archives.

Well, I have to say that I was less than prepared to make a successful life transition to rural Mexico. I hadn’t taken into consideration that Expat experiences were quite a bit different from the sort of life I found myself living in Mexico. It was a difficult time. It took me several years to figure out that I could change my living conditions and more importantly, my attitude about the hardships. Since then, although there are times that still try the patience of a saint (which I’m not) I’ve made strides to creating a life that I love.

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This is the reason I was so excited to take Jennifer Robin Lee’s ecourse Move to Mexico Now Intro and share with readers who have yet to make the move to Mexico. Aside from immigration questions (which will be answered in an upcoming course) I had questions on how to actually get my family organized to make the move, what things I should/shouldn’t bring, what sort of life I would have once we arrived, and how we would earn money to maintain our new life.

Now the course doesn’t give you a set of answers to these questions. After all, what one person needs to create a satisfying life is naturally not the same as another. Instead, the activities are designed for you to examine your own unique situation using tools such as the SWOT questionnaire, visualization boards, goal classifications and a good ol’ fashioned pen and paper. Knowing what you have going into the move will help you move forward towards reaching that ultimate goal of living your best life in Mexico.

So if you are even just considering making the move to Mexico, I encourage you to check out the Move to Mexico Now Intro course while it is still at its introductory price of $29.

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Review of The Move to Mexico Bible by Sonia Diaz and Beverly Wood

Are you still having trouble deciding where you want to live when you move to Mexico? Then The Move To Mexico Bible by Sonia Diaz and Beverly Wood is the book for you.

Eight full chapters are dedicated to an overview of 33 cities and 8 regions in Mexico for your consideration.  Not only are average temperature and rainfall recorded for places like Guanajuato City, Cuernavaca, Guadalajara and Mexico City, but also whether you’ll need to be fully fluent in Spanish to live there (or can get by with just a smattering vocabulary), what amenities you’ll find (like Costco and Walmart), how far from international airports each city is, and what type of medical facilities are available.

But that’s not all! This book also covers the basics on how to import your crap (oh, I mean your cherished possessions) and bring your pets into Mexico. Then there are chapters on whether it is in your best interest to import a vehicle, how to get a Mexican driver’s license, how to keep in touch with loved ones, whether you should buy or rent (and the pitfalls of both) and whether you can get healthcare in Mexico.

This book also delves into aspects of living in Mexico that I’ve never experienced like hiring household help and selling a house in Mexico.

And yet, that’s not the end. There are also sections about Spanish for expats (with cognates, false cognates, common phrases, slang and swear words) and a gringo primer on food. Also included are handy guides on making phone calls (which is more complicated than you might think), common Mexican acronyms, major holidays, and an alphabetical list of prescription drug names.

Wow! What a lot of information for just one book! No wonder the authors have called it a BIBLE!

Those of you who are still in the planning stages of your move to Mexico should definitely check this book out.

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Easy Access International, LLC

Having gone through the Mexican immigration process myself, I can say that the whole ordeal is made easier with the help of someone who knows what they are doing. To that end, over the next few weeks, I am going to be highlighting some agents that work with those struggling to immigrate to Mexico legally. While these agents may not be located in the area in which you currently live, you can get a feel for what different agents offer and what you still will need to do yourself. 

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My name is Alexis Martha Cepeda [Duarte]I am a litigating attorney at law with a Master in Criminal Law and Forensic Science. Also, I am a certified/registered interpreter/translator for the state of Yucatan. Any translating services would be done in-house by me.

I am partnered up with Attorneys Jose Carlos Medina and Karla Mendoza.
We work with different “Notarios”, not to be confused with Notary Public agents which in Mexico are called Authenticators of Signatures.

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Our business is “Easy Access International, LLC” and our website is www.yucatanwantsyou.org 

We provide assistance with:

  • Immigration: all processes necessary to obtain a temporary and/or permanent status in the country. Translation of all document needed and on sight interpretation.Foreign Affair process to become a Mexican Citizen.
  • Legal Counseling and litigation: Criminal, Family, Civil, Mercantile and Real Estate
    IMSS health insurance acquisition.
  • Funereal: Funeral, cremation, inhumation and exhumation, body repatriation services through “Funeraria Reyes Rodriguez”.

Although all immigration processes could be done without an agent, many people find that it is very confusing to navigate the Mexican system and very time-consuming.
Having an agent will alleviate any undue stress allowing those moving to Mexico to concentrate on other important matters that only they can take care of, for example, where to live, packing and shipping household goods, etc.

Aside from passports, I would suggest those moving to Mexico bring their identity paperwork, such as their birth certificates duly legalized or apostilled.

When driving an automobile into Mexico it is of extreme importance to go through the first immigration post on the route and getting the necessary customs permit for the vehicle.

In order to bring in your household goods, these must be duly itemized, and you must have the “temporary” visa on your passport that allows you to continue with the process in getting your temporary residence in the city you are going to settle. This temporary visa will expire 6 months after it has been placed in your passport while you are still in your country of origin. However, you only have 30 days to finish the process in the nearest INM office to your new home in Mexico. It is always best to finish the process before the 30 days expire.

If you are making Mexico your permanent home, funereal services must be considered, and cremation services could only be done by the next of kin. I would suggest bringing paperwork to show the next of kin is such, especially if they don’t have the same last name. In these cases, one must bring: children’s birth certificates, divorce papers, marriage certificates and/or any legal document to prove kinship.

You can contact me:

By email: acepeda@yucatanwantsyou.org
US phone: 818-805-5750
Mex. Phone: +52-999-285-3239
Mex. Cell: +521-999-159-1390

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