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Ask the U.S. Consul – How Can I Prepare for the Hurricane Season?

The U.S. Consulate General in Mérida reminds U.S. citizens in the Yucatán Peninsula that the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Initial forecasts predict a very…

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Visas to enter the USA

When should I apply for a visa if I want to travel this summer? Summer is quickly approaching.  Children will soon be out of school for the long break.  Families…

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Ask the U.S. Consul: Absentee Voting

September 24, 2012 As election time approaches, many Americans ask for advice on overseas voting.  The most important steps are to a) register and b) request an absentee ballot.  The…

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Ask the U.S. Consul

It is my pleasure to continue the tradition of contributing to the “Ask the U.S. Consul” column in “Yucatan Today”. When I arrived in Mérida this August, I was struck…

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 What Should I Know about Spring Break?

What Should I Know about Spring Break? Over 100,000 American teenagers and young adults travel to resort areas throughout Mexico for Spring Break each year.  While most enjoy their vacation…

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Ask the U.S. Consul – 
Hurricanes

June to November is hurricane season!  The U.S. Consulate in Merida reminds Americans traveling or residing in the Yucatan peninsula to stay alert and prepared. Be Prepared Americans in the…

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Ask the U.S. Consul

By Greg Segas -U.S. Consul, February 2010 I arrived in Merida in August 2009 with my wife Lorena, and am grateful for the opportunity to represent the United States Government…

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 Social Security

Social Security payments and Medicare are two issues that elicit plenty of questions in the American Citizens’ Services section. Here is a very brief description of what the situation is…

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 Passports

As many U.S. citizens in the Yucatán Peninsula travel for the holidays, now is a good time to make sure you have your passport handy and check its expiration date….

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 Visitor Visas

We are often contacted by U.S. citizens who would like to invite their Mexican friends and relatives to visit the United States and experience American culture.   In order to travel…

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Ask the U.S. Consul – Permanent Residence in the United States

From time to time, we receive inquiries from American citizens wanting to know how their foreign spouses or other relatives can return with them to the United States to establish…

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 – Dual Citizenship 


At the US Consulate we receive many inquiries about dual citizenship. With so many Americans married to Mexican citizens, or coming here to live and buy property, it is a…

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Ask the U.S. Consul – Federal Benefits Unit

The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU), located at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, provides services to Social Security, Veterans Affairs, Office of Personnel Management and Railroad beneficiaries throughout Mexico. Their…

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How to legalize documents

How to legalize documents for use in Mexico is probably one of the most confusing questions that we receive. As of 1998, Mexico became a signatory to the Hague Convention…

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Ask the U.S. Consul – How not to be a victim of crime: Helpful hints for the expat and traveler alike

Ask the Consul How Can I Avoid Being a Victim of Crime? Thousands of travelers visit the Yucatan Peninsula every year without incident. This does not mean that crime does…

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Ask the US Consul, Living in Yucatán

Ask the U.S. Consul

The American Consulate in Mérida is the representative of the U.S. Government in the Southeast of Mexico and has had a U.S. presence in the Yucatán Peninsula for over 100…

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