New Regularization (Amnesty) Program for people illegally in Mexico

New Regularization (Amnesty) Program for people illegally in Mexico

The president made mention of a program to regularize or offer amnesty to people illegally in Mexico and the same came out in news sources in December, 2014. Since then, nothing was published in the Daily Federal Register and officials at the immigration offices had no idea what the program was about.

Today, January, 12, 2015 the first publication about the program was made in the Daily Federal Register and is to take effect tomorrow, January 13, 2015 and last until December 18, 2015.

The program mentions nothing about paying fines nor having to show income to qualify.

Here is the publication in plain English

The present program applies to foreigners who entered Mexico before November 9, 2012 and on January 13, 2015 find themselves living in the country with an irregular immigration status.

The aforementioned is when the foreigner does not fall into one of the following situations:

Have a pending immigration request except those expressly canceled in order to participate in this program.
Are in the process of an assisted return procedure or deportation
Given false information or false documents to Immigration or authentic documents obtained fraudulently.
People deported with reentry restrictions
People with pending criminal charges or a criminal record
People who compromise national security due to past criminal records
People subject to express prohibitions dictated by a competent authority
Having not complied with a deportation order during the program period
Having an irregular immigration status after January 13, 2015

Anything else covered by the Immigration law and its regulations. In the cases of V and VI the authority will weigh the corresponding resolution attending to the principles of social redapatation as well as those relative to family reunification.


Foreigners requesting their regularization per this program need to present the following in original and copy:

Immigration form
Request letter
Immigration document (in the event the person had one)
One of the following documents that proves their residence in the country

Airline tickets
Passport with entry stamp
Immigration document (in case the person was regular in Mexico)
Utility bills (light, water, phone, internet, TV, gas or any other utility)
Medical file, school records or rental contracts
Any other document issued by a public agency that shows the requestor has resided in Mexico or
Declaration signed by two people who know the person and state they have lived in the country for the time required.

The documents can be in the name of the person or their children, partner or spousal figure.

Documents that prove their current residence (light, water, phone, internet, TV, gas or any other utility).
Payment of regularization fees
Copies of ID of people authorized to present papers.

The procedure for the person requesting the regularization of their immigration status is the following:

Present documents at Immigration as mentioned prior where they will have a hearing on the spot or set the date for a future hearing. The future date shall not be more than 10 business days after the papers are turned in.
They will make a written record of the hearing and go over all the paperwork presented that proves what needs to be proved

Immigration than has 30 days to give a response. If the response is positive then they shall issue a temporary resident document good for four years.

Once the person has the document they may request work permission as well as documents for family members.

For the issuance of the document the person will need the positive resolution, 2 copies of the format basico, 3 photos, payment of fees.

Immigration may not arrest anybody who applies for the program due to their irregular status.


About the Author:

Litigating Attorney and Official Court Translator in the State of Jalisco, Mexico