I needed a restroom so bad that my eye balls were drowning!!! There was a McDonald's on the corner and Denise was yelling at me to get out of the car and go. She said that I would be out and finished before the car moved very far. So finally, after much encouragement, I hopped out of the car, ran across the street, into the McDonald's, did my business, and returned to her car that had moved no more than 20 ft !! After only one more block, Mike and I got out and walked much faster than her car was moving to the consulate.
We celebrated by going around the corner to Mulligan's Irish Pub on Madison Avenue for lunch. After a couple of nice hamburgers, salad, 1 beer, 1 wine, and a water for $70, we made our way to the parking lot where we shelled out another $50 for 3 hours of parking. So the bottom line is that our visas so far have cost us $72 but we will have more charges when we get back to Mexico.
The visa placed in your passport is good for 6 months by which time you must return to Mexico and go to the Immigration office with more filled out forms and documents, more fingerprinting, etc. and pay another fee. We are using a legal facilitator in PV to help us through this final process. Once everything passes through in about 10-15 days, you get to go pick up your absolute permanent residency card that you will carry with you. Sort of like the "green card" in the states.
I must say that this process is a breeze compared to what others have to go through in other countries. There are less documents, they don't have to be translated into Spanish nor apostilled, the time to go through the bureaucracy is minimal, and the cost is far less for the full process.
So now Mike and I can just enjoy our vacation in the states and be with family and friends with no worries or anxiety. Yay!! I love it when a plan comes together.
So have a great summer week and enjoy life!! And, of course, thanks for walking this journey with us.