A Little Catch 22

In order to change jobs while on an FM3 or FM2, you need to get permission from immigration. In order to get permission, you need a letter from your previous company saying you don't work there anymore. So, I can't get a new job til I quit the old job but then there is no guarantee that I will receive permission to start the new job, thus, I could be left jobless and without a visa.

This is where I am right now and therefore I am feeling the stress. A couple of weeks ago I was approached by a company about coming to work for them. They had found me through the blog and through Twitter and were interested in having me join their team. I declined at first, I was very happy in my teaching position, but in the end they made me an offer that was difficult to turn down. It seems that all is a done deal, I've got an offer in writing, have had a few meetings at head office and ready to move ahead so I quit the teaching position I had held for five years. So, now I wait. I wait in the hopes that the job gods will allow me to start the new position ASAP. I'm waiting for the letter from the old job so I can take it to immigration, then bring it to the new company who will send their lawyers to immigration with a package asking for "permiso". I'm waiting with pounding heart and sour taste in my mouth, I really need to work and I really need this process to go smoothly. I feel like I am on a bit of a ledge, currently unemployed in order to become employed again. I wish I could have just stayed in the old job during the process of change at INM, but alas, it's not allowed. And I am not allowed to work until the process is finished. So, basically I am stuck at home with no income until the whole thing is sorted out, playing Farmville on Facebook and contemplating my navel.

Hey brother, could you spare a "cambio de actividades" stamp?


Comments

Laly said…
wao, are you sure you're not going through US immigration?!!! I feel you, we go through the same thing here in US with H1B visas. It is ridiculous!
kumichan83 said…
Wow, sounds as difficult as immigration stuff in Ecuador. I always thought it was more lax down here but nope.

I hope that everything works out... and soon! That is so cool that they found you through your blog!!! How awesome is that?
Ale said…
ack! I do hope everything works you for you as soon as possible. gov stuff DO suck.. :S why do they make it so difficult?? I do wonder...
Buenas vibras para ti amiga!
Denise said…
That is a horrible feeling! I will keep my fingers crossed!!!
Аманда said…
Best of luck with everything!
Tulum Living said…
I know that everything is going to go perfectly. You deserve the best things in life and now the universe is telling you to put up your feet for a few days and get ready to start a whole new adventure. I hope that you love the new job as much as you loved the old one.
KfromMichigan said…
I'm saying a prayer for you amiga!
On Mexican Time said…
Wow - first off, congrats on the new job amiga!!

Secondly, hope they come through for you on this one!!! I know how hard it can be just sitting and waiting all day... at first seems okay, that quickly wears off!

All we can do is hope for the best! YAY for the new job!!!
Kelly said…
Good luck with everything! To change the subject a bit, are you at least excited about your new job?
Gaelyn said…
Sounds very complicated and can understand your stress. Try to stay positvie and enjoy the time off between jobs.
jackieinpdx said…
Good luck! Can't wait to hear more about the new job.
CancunCanuck said…
Thanks all, I am feeling very frustrated today!! There's always "Oh, one more paper you need", no one seems to ever be able to just give me a list of all the things that are required. Grrrrrrr.

Yes, I am excited about the new job, I just want to start NOW!! Instead I am running around getting copies, bringing them to this or that office, only to find out I need another letter and more copies and have to do it all over again. (breathing in......breathing out.......). :)
m in monterrey said…
The same thing happens here in Monterrey. You bring paper "A" and then they want paper "B". Then when you return with paper "B" they tell you that you need a certified translation of paper "A". In the end it always works out, so try not to worry.
minshap said…
Hope by now things have straightened out and you are working in your new job... which is...???? I don't get why you had to do it like that? I thought the company that wants you does all the filing, and you just report that you've taken the job!... hmmm... that's one for the suggestion box!!!!

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