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Migration Institute delays foreigners’ procedures and faces accusations of high-and treatment

By Tribune Travel

June 04, 2024

The National Institute of Migration office in Puerto Vallarta has changed its procedures, causing delays for foreigners. What used to take a day now takes 2 to 3 weeks because all documentation is sent to Guadalajara for approval. This delay has led to missed flights and financial losses.

CPS News spoke with managers who reported that federal agents have allegedly requested incentives to process procedures. The issue started a few weeks ago when 50% of the staff resigned, including the former deputy representative, Eduardo Antonio Vanegas López. His replacement, Leticia Medina Sánchez, does not have the authority to approve procedures locally.

Previously, with complete documentation, approvals took a few hours. Now, people must arrive early and wait longer due to limited operational windows. Additionally, employer registration requirements for hiring foreigners are often inconsistent and subjective.

CPS News requested an interview with Leticia Medina for her response, but she has not yet replied.







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