Living and thriving in a country for me is based on being able to live and reside legally.
Yes, the process is long, uncomfortable and can be expensive. Those that have been able to obtain residency pre-covid maybe had less issues than I did.
If you remember my last post in regards to residency I stated I was denied by most of the consulates in the state of California based on not being age 60 and my income not being $34,000 a in my bank monthly. (Please know your reading that amount correctly.)
I began searching neighboring states and emailing each of them to get an appointment during covid, most never replied and the few that did re-routed me back to my home state. I was frustrated and figured I would just travel on the tourist visa and return in 6 months and try again.
Therefore, I continued on my path to Mexico despite not having legal residency.
About 2 weeks after I moved. The staff from the Phoenix Mexican consulate, who I had been emailing back and forth had requested documents and I finally had an appointment.
So last week I flew to Los Angeles from Mexico to ensure all my paperwork was original and accurate to provide to them.
While I was in the bank gathering my documents, I received a call from the consulate stating my appointment would be canceled. She explained due to the rise of cases of covid in Arizona, their office would be closed. I explained I had left Mexico, flew to LA and will be driving to Arizona within a few hours. She spoke to her supervisor and they made an exception for me.
16 hours later, 2 large McDonald’s sweet Teas and a cheeseburger down, and patience I was finally able to get my permanent legal residency, which is the first step.
Once I returned to Mexico, immigration at the airport stamped my passport for 30 days and entered me in their system. I have to have my paperwork processed with immigration here in the country of Mexico or my status is null and void. This past Saturday, we met with the immigration specialist who had to complete a stack of paperwork, most by hand and all in Spanish. I had to take new passport photos and temporarily surrender my American passport to immigrations here so my Mexican visa can be processed completely. I will receive my green card in about 2 months but in the meantime I can used my visa as proof of legal residency.
Many people have asked me…why do all of that? Why not do 6 months on a tourist visa?
My answer: I’m legal now and this is my new chosen home country. Some complain about people being in America illegally and so on. Well….out of respect for Mexico and her openly accepting this brown girl into their humble and beautiful country the least I can do is be here legally.
I can respectively say that I am a proud legal African-Mexican-American citizen. It’s a long process not for the faint of heart, but heck neither am I! ❤️
I hope this helps someone in the process!