It’s crazy to remember we started our Pensinado process in 2014. Now we have been Pensinados for five years so we can now apply for citizenship and a passport! My goal was, is a second passport as recommended by The Sovereign Man Simon Black. Pensinado status when we applied was free. The documents we had to have added up to under $300 for both of us and had we done the paperwork exactly correctly it would have been cheaper.
The BIG issue is every document must have your full name as it appears on your passport. Because some items use a middle initial or no middle name included, we had to have a lawyer document stating all the aliases were for the same person and used without nefarious intent! So if you apply for Pensinado status which I highly recommend, when you fill out the paper requesting you police report write in your full name as it appears on your passport. When you print up your proof of earnings either from Social Security or we have rentals so our proof of income was on a company letterhead. Once it is notorized, appostilled and stamped by the Guatemalan Embassy near you it is an International legal document. In Guatemala the office of foreigners stamps it again, pasos de ley.
Then it all needs to be translated to Spanish. Which could be done by any of the translators hanging outside the immigration office in the morning inexpensively. I translated them myself using google translate and my husbands went through. Mine which was worded exactly the same was “caught” as a bad translation on my Police report from Oregon. The page you get from the Oregon State Police says basically. “Oregon State Police has done a search for criminal reports on Delia Lopez and nothing was found. That does not mean there is nothing to find and we do not incur liability if something is later found. No other information is available per Oregon Statute. ” Notice my mistake of putting just my name, no middle name! There was an immigration scandal someone selling passports and everything went a little more “secure”. So since mine was caught, and we didn’t bring all of our originals with us to Guatemala that trip we had to have friends go in our house in Oregon, go in my office to get my paperwork and FedEx it to us, Thank you Miranda and Carmen!
Ninety bucks! Take the original and have it re-translated there which was $20 or something and turn it in at the immigration office. When you go to the immigration office you pick a number and sit and wait, and wait and wait. I did mention of going down the street to Blancas “Gift from God” Regaldo de Dios, Comedor yellow no sign LOL for breakfast and going back. Still plenty of time before we were called! Once you finish that process and they set you an appointment for your picture etc it’s fast.
Then you have to wait for the picture page that says basically Delia Marie Lopez has permanent residency in Guatemala. Then you leave your passport with them for a week and when you pick it up, woohoo you have this Visa stapled in! Last year in February when we went to Guatemala we had new passports so had to get new visa’s stapled in.
Once you are done with that process, if you want a DPI which is like an ID card for going to the bank or opening a bank account in say Belize, you head to RENAP. Again my husband went in, only THE person can go in I had to wait outside. I sat in Wendy’s next door computer for wifi. Again you buy more little stamps and they take a picture and you pay $55 approximately depending on exchange rate for the card. Then you wait, usually say it’ll take eight weeks call to check to see if it’s done. When it is you go pick it up. Tony’s no problem. Because my stuff was kicked out by the Police bad translation mine was separated from his. So they say done February 21, we fly in and the countries lamination machine broke. We fly home without it. Fly in and the new lamination machine was not compatible with the system. Big scandal in Guatemala LOL. They have the one lamination machine for DPI’s! Fly in again and the chip in my DPI was bad so it had to be redone! Fly home again without it. The fifth trip for the DPI it was done! All that for this.
We hope to actually live in Guatemala and I still plan to apply for citizenship there. Though curiously we may be Mexican citizens soon, another long story. Guatemala is an adventure and I LOVE adventure. There was a shirt in Flores a tank top with a chicken bus with cartoon people with huge eyes hanging off the edge of the roof of the bus as it careened around a corner near a cliff. Guatemala es an adventura under the picture. Our first visit we had only a back pack and were busing around. I still wish I bought it! Now we rent a car and drive but know this, in Guatemala all kilometers are not equal! Until next time, Happy Travels!