INM advises expats to register their employment activities

by Atención staff

Expats working illegally in San Miguel de Allende will soon face fines of approximately 6,000 pesos from the Instituto Nacional de Migración, INM (National Institute of Migration). Visits to review businesses have been scheduled.

Over the past years INM directors have regularly released announcements to the expat community reminding them of their legal and fiscal responsibilities to Mexican government authorities. Legal requisites for residing and working in Mexico have become more streamlined to accommodate the increase of Baby Boomers relocating and planning to relocate in Mexico. Applications for the categories No inmigrante (previously FM-3) and Inmigrante (previously FM-2) have been simplified as have requisites for renewals.

The state INM office has sent regional offices with instructions to issue fines to those working illegally.

Regional Delegate Clemente Villalpando said; “This means expats found working in positions not identified in their immigration documents will face a large fine and risk losing their current immigration status and be obliged to repeat the application process.” Changes in activities to accommodate lucrative activities mean visits to both INM and Hacienda or SAT(Mexican Tax department)

Staff at both the San Miguel INM office and Tax office are very adept at guiding the public through the procedures.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to make an appointment with the Regional Delegate Lic. Clemente Villalpando: or the director of legal affairs Lic. Mireya Topete: INM offices Calzada de la Estación de FFCC s/n Esq. Calle Lupita Zona Centro, 152-8985 or 152-2542.


To all expats in Mexico, the National Institute of Migration writes to inform that those people conducting profitable or non-profitable activities in the country, different to the activity permitted in their migratory status, a permission issued by the National Institute of Migration is required, according to the article 60 of the General Law of Population.

In the case of participating in unauthorized activities, their migratory status will be cancelled and they will have the right to request a status regularization of their migratory status in the country, according to the articles 132, 133 and 134 of the Migration Law and will be fined with 100 days of minimum current salary in the Federal District equivalent to $6,233.00 pesos, according to the articles 145 and 146 of the Migration Law.


Regional Office of the National Institute of Migration

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