Photo taken at our friend’s magical Sagrada retreat.
My website which has a copy-right has an abundance of extensive information. My intent is to inform, to be concise and accurate. My information is based on extensive experience. Everything found here on my web site has been thoroughly researched. In San Miguel, I will have approximately 1000 immigration processes this year. In addition, I will have about 500 immigration processes in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit with Teresa Sanchez who manages my business there. No one, in either location has more Immigration processes.
My education includes a three-year university degree in Human Resources. Hence, my Licenciada designation. My husband’s Canadian education has been evaluated by the US government as being more than 250 university courses and he was a Certified Human Resources Professional. He has worked Canada, the United States and now Mexico as part of my business. His Human Resources work includes the largest nuclear station in the world and a hospital in New Mexico. He provides all of my marketing so that I may concentrate on my clients.
I offer a range of consulting services, all designed to help you make your life in Mexico easier. Whether you are coming to Mexico for the first time to live or renewing a visa or seeking consultation I am here to help. Mexico offers many benefits to residents including a healthy lifestyle, healthcare, driver’s licenses, car registration, the opportunity to earn income and much more.
I have been consulting for more than ten years. The information you will find here is based on actual experience on the many topics I cover. I process visas each weekday.
I offer full transparency and total integrity. I believe in respect and professionalism in my interactions with my clients and I expect the same. A typical day includes receiving and answering as many as 130 emails. The majority I answer within 2 – 3 hours.
My husband and our daughter are my inspiration, my rock, my teachers.
Your first Temporary or Permanent Resident visa starts with a pre-approval at a Mexican consulate outside of Mexico. I can guide you through this process and work with you once you are in Mexico. I also process visa renewals and replacements.
For those with a foreign-plated vehicle, it is understandable in many circumstances; you may wish to keep your vehicle. The easiest method is to be a Temporary Resident, which allows one to have a car from Canada or the United States, in Mexico for up to 4 years.
This is available to you if you wish to earn income, including as a landlord, while being a resident. I will complete your processes with Immigration.
I have personally travelled in Canada and the United States. I understand the differences compounded by a language issue for many. This allows me to provide a professional service in a timely manner.
Welcome to Mexico, my country, my home, where the greatest consistency is inconsistency. I truly hope you come to appreciate all that Mexico offers, including our people, culture, diversity, traditions, food, weather and geography.
A Little About Me
Each day my husband and I say how grateful we are for the support of our clients. I have a career I love.
I was raised in Mexico City by amazing parents. My parents, four siblings, a niece and I lived in a 55 sq metre (600 sq ft.) apartment with two bedrooms, one very small bathroom and bunk beds. My brother and mother still live there. My father, who recently died in January 2022 at age 95, worked mostly as a waiter. One of my two brothers also died in 2022. It is amazing how we even managed. But we have a supportive, loving family. Shortly after I graduated in human resources, I lived in many places in Mexico, returning to Mexico City for several years and raising a planned daughter on my own for her first 2.5 years. It was not easy and I say this so others realize I know how difficult it is for some. We all have “our” stories and “our” history.
In 2008, I met my Canadian husband. Then, I self-taught in English. After a year in Ajijic, we tried Canada, in the winter. BRRRR. I am sure Wasaga Beach, Ontario, looks much nicer in the summer. But what a great experience it was for me.
I have also visited the US several times. All of these experiences have given me a better perspective of life in the rest of North America.
We moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2009. We rented, and then we bought an extremely basic house with a mortgage. It was fun and educational to make improvements and learn about construction, remodelling and landscaping in this climate. We then used those experiences in building our current home. Again, I write this noting how humble were our beginnings in SMA. We take nothing for granted; we know the benefits of hard work and we treat others with respect and professionalism.
We have four rescued dogs. They make amazing companions. Our daughter is in university. We support the community by donating to a woman and her team who rescues and sterilizes hundreds of dogs annually. We also contribute to the DIF office, which supports seniors and the poor.
My point in posting this is to say, I am so fortunate to meet hundreds of people annually, through our business. I know hardship and I know what it is like to do without. I meet clients from all over the world and many who share a similar story and others who are also very successful. Each of you inspires me. And I appreciate all of you.
A recent email:
My husband and I have Sonia Diaz to thank for skillfully guiding us through the Mexican Visa process over the past 4 years. From temporary visas, one year renewals and finally, permanent residency.
In the years between visa applications, Sonia and her team helped us with many questions and concerns. They also helped with the processes of obtaining our RFCs and Mexican drivers licences.
If there is one thing that we have learned through this, it’s that in Mexico, the only consistency is inconsistency. In four years the requirements, rules and processes have changed in more ways than we can count. Sonia is the most up to date and knowledgeable professional to work with.
At the INM office, we noticed that the staff appeared happy and/or relieved whenever they had one of Sonia’s clients at their desks. I’m sure that they are also grateful
to have smoother transactions. Sonia’s clients always arrive prepared with the correct payments, requirements and paperwork.
We know that Sonia is at INM almost everyday and that she has over 1000 processes a year. Knowing that, we were touched to see how happy she was to share in our joy upon receiving our visas. Sonia, you are one in a million! Thank you. Ruth and Alan Skiffington
On March 3, 2023, in Mexico City Sonia received my achievement award as a “Mujer Lider 2023” (woman leader in Mexico) and I was recognized as a “Builder of Mexico.” I was the only woman from Guanajuato state. There were many prominent women with well-known names. They included lawyers, doctors, actresses, businesswomen, TV personalities, and a recipient who travelled from Montreal and another from India. I am deeply humbled by this recognition.
Life is about the journey and I thank you for sharing a part of yours with me.