Update on What to do if you lose your INM card

Sept. 15, 2016:
We wrote about the formal (past) procedures for what to do if you lose your INM card, especially when outside of Mexico.   The old details are at:  ”

Lost or Stolen Residente Permanente or Residente Temporal Card “

That previous post describes how to do it at a Mexican Consulate.
.Here’s a Fun New Alternative:
INM is NOW implementing a new system,  where the foreigner temporarily enters Mexico on a ‘tourist’ visitante visa,  and then goes immediately to their local INM office to get a replacement card.

Here’s the narrative of a person who recently successfully used the ‘new’ INM procedure:

The American lost both his CURP and Residente Permanente cards while in the USA.

Following the typical guidance from the SRE website, he went to a Mexican Consulate in Texas … but was not allowed into the Consulate  without an appointment.  He was told to go on line and request an appointment … but his flight was the next day, so he  just entered Mexico by air, explaining to the airport INM personnel that he had lost his RP card.

The INM people were quite nice, however, they said they could not let him into Mexico using his Permanente status without his card.  The INM agents at the airport explained  that he must enter Mexico (temporarily) using a VISITORs VISA…   They insisted that he would NOT lose his  Residente Permanente status if

~ He I went to his local INM office soon after arriving home in Mexico…  and

~ The INM border agents told him to request replacement card from his local INM office.

~  Then,  then INM agents at his local office should then call the airport (or border) INM office,   and

~ The airport INM would correct his visa entry status in the airport INM records.

Finally,  the fellow who lost his visa card explained how to go online and start the process of getting a replacement RP card,  before going to the local INM office:

  1.  Go online to http://www.inm.gov.mxSelect:  TramitesSelect:  Migracion visa y Pasaporte

    Select:   Condiciones y estancia en Mexico

    Select:   Reposicion de documento migratorio

    Reposicion de Documento Migratorio por Perdida, robo o Deterioro.

  2. Print out the form online & take it in to your local INM office.
  3. INM accepts your request for a replacement RP card form and starts the process by giving you a payment document to take to a bank to pay $1108 pesos for replacing the lost card.
  4. Go pay the fee at a bank, and take the payment confirmation firm from the bank, back to your INM office., along with the original form for requesting a replacement card, copy of your passport and the original, and the ‘visitors visa’ card from the airport (or border).He was given an appointment for an interview for the next day.

At the next day’s appointment,  the INM agent accepted the forms, along with the Visa that was given to him when entering at the airport showing he entered as a tourist.  The local INM agent explained that they were instituting new procedures so people don’t have to start the Permanente process all over again.

INM is now  treating the lost card as being lost in Mexico.  He is supposed to return in about a week to be finger printed and should have his new Permanente card in about two more weeks.

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A little mind candy

What do you live for ?

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Lost or Stolen Residente Permanente or Residente Temporal Card

Sept. 5, 2016:
When we travel, sometimes we lose our Residente Permanente or Residente Temporal cards, or they get stolen.  What can we do?

When in Mexico, you go to your INM office, and apply for a replacement.

Editor’s Note:  Note that there are some important updates that can include NOT going to a Consulate… reported at:

Update on What to do if you lose your INM card

Continuing with the post:
When traveling outside Mexico,  the problems mount,  especially because many Mexican Consulates do not know how to handle these things.  Fortunately,  the ever-conscientious lawyer Lic. Spence McMullen has done the heavy-lifting and describes what we should do.

If you lose your Mexican immigration card outside Mexico you need a special visa to enter Mexico, …  if you enter as a tourist then they will cancel your old temporary or permanent.**

You need a police report, photo, passport and payment of a small fee.

I have been fighting with many Mexican consulates as they do not know what to do, I have made a sheet from their own manual telling them how to help foreigners in this situation, if you need it, print this file and bring it with you to avoid suffering consequences in Mexico for their bad advice. “

**If you mistakenly allow yourself to enter as a tourist, then INM will cancel your old temporary or permanent.  This is a HUGE deal … a big mistake …  because it ultimately  forces the foreigner to go back to a Mexican Consulate outside Mexico,  and START ALL OVER, reapplying for a new RT or RP visa…

Instead, when you lose your RT or RP visa card, you must go to a Mexican Consulate,  and apply for a special travel document to present to the INM agent at the port of entry, which allows the foreigner to re-enter Mexico without being re-classified as a tourist.


We offer that link to the 2012 INM Ley de Migración pages on this,  because many Mex. Consulates are not familiar with the requirements.  Show them this page when you go to the Consulate, to help their process along.

Unfortunately, this process can take from 2 days to a week,  so you may miss your flight as a consequence of losing your RT or RP card.

It is tempting to think that if you carry notarized black & white copies of your INM card, that it would be sufficient to re-enter Mexico (after losing the RT or RP card).  Unfortunately,  the INM agents say “No copies will be accepted, only your “tarjeta de Migración” is the valid form of documention we want to see” …

I wish the news was better…  so this post is a word-to-the-wise about taking good care of your RT or RP visa card.

Also read

Update on What to do if you lose your INM card

for more details on ADDITIONAL NEW OPTIONS…

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A Snapshot of America…

The real America…


Whom do you stand with ?

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Web Seminar on Foreign Earned Income for US Overseas Taxpayers

June 27, 2016:

Laredo Consular Message:
“— On Mon, 6/27/16, nuevolaredo-acs@state.gov <nuevolaredo-acs@state.gov> wrote:

From: nuevolaredo-acs@state.gov <nuevolaredo-acs@state.gov
Subject: Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers”
Date: Monday, June 27, 2016, 11:43 AM
1.     The  Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT.

2.     To register and attend this webinar, use the Foreign  Earned Income for U.S. Overseas Taxpayers orhttps://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/445/15416 webinar link.  Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  The session will be recorded and made available at a later time on http://www.irsvideos.gov/
or http://ca.m.state.sbu/sites/clearance/OCSClearanceQueue/Lists/Clearances/Attachments/985/irsvideos.gov

3.     The  webinar will cover: Requirements for claiming the foreign income exclusion
Identifying which form to use: Form 2555 or 2555-EZ Specifying information to include on
Form 2555 or 2555-EZ ….

Live Q&A with IRS subject matter experts.”

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Watch for New Generation Credit Card Skimmers … Walmart

June 25, 2016
Coming soon to a Walmart in your area …

There’s a whole new generation of credit card skimmers at Walmart et al that are surprisingly good…

Can you spot the fake…  from the real one?

Credit Card Skimmer


Because the thieves have to snap the skimmer mask over-top the real credit card reader,   the fake ~skimmer~  is a little wider, and a little taller.

Thanks to Krebs on Security for their ongoing excellent work…


Here’s a link to other card skimmers seen in the past in Yucatan (see bottom of article).

Banking, Exchanging Currency, & Using Credit Cards & ATMs in Mexico

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INM 2016 Visa Fees for Mexico

2016 Update for INM Visa Fees
SEGOB – INM has announced their 2016 fees:

Residente Temporal Visa Permit Fees:

–  1 year => $3,596 pesos
–  2 years => $5,389 pesos
–  3 years => $6,825 pesos
–  4 years => $8,089 pesos

Regularization Fee: (Plus fines) => $1,149 pesos

Change Fees:
~ Changing from Residente Temporal to Residente Permanent => $1,149 pesos
~ The fee for family members or spouses to change from Visitante (tourist) to Residente
=> $1,149 pesos
~ Work permission change fee (from non-working temporary resident) => $2,700 pesos

Residente Permanent:  Visa cost => $4,383 pesos

Lost / Stolen / Damaged Document Replacement Fee:  $1,083 pesos

Permission to leave while document in process: (Travel Letter) $368 pesos

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For more details on immigrating to or living in Mexico, see our main article on importing cars at:  ~ Current Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico
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