I will have been in Mexico for four years very soon and I have a “Temporary Resident” visa that is running out. That means I have to apply for a “Permanent Resident Visa”. I went back to the office of that I got my temp. visa and they started the process, then we got to the cost. The price I was quoted seemed excessive to me so I talked to some other expats and also went to another office that helps apply for visas with Mexican Immigration. At this other office I was quoted a different and lower price and clearer explanation of what this price included and who got the money. I will be going with this office instead of the first as they seem to have a good reputation with other expats.
I have to wait for a few days to start my visa process as I need to present my Temporary Resident Visa at IMSS to complete that process. I will post again when I have completed the application for my Permanent Resident Visa.
I know all this sounds complicated and to some degree dealing with any country’s different departments is complicated until you get to know the requirements and who to get help from, then it’s a piece of cake.
It doesn’t help that the rules change every once in a while and that you get different stories from officials and persons who are helping you.