If one wants to continue with another 4 years on a fresh Residente Temporal, then when that expat is completing an aggregate of 4 years on a single FM2/FM3 or Residente Temporal permit, the formal rules say they must leave Mexico and return to their home country to file at a Mexican Consulate for a new Residente Temporal permit… or switch to 6 month Visitante permits and go to the border every 6 months to renew.
ALTERNATELY: SOME local INM offices do now process applications for new Residente Temporal permits for previous RT’s who have just completed 4 years of temporary residency (aggregate RT, FM2/FM3, No Inmigrante/Inmigrante years) – issuing a NEW Residente Temporal permit without leaving Mexico. For the INM offices that allow this (like Chapala and Guadalajara and … ?), the foreigner intentionally allows the final year’s RT to expire, and then they go into their INM office immediately after expiration. They pay a modest $1,600 peso “late penalty” fine – and the $1,036 “Regularization” fee, submit bank statements and translations, and pay the normal RT fees. This is done at your INM office, without going to a Mexican Consulate. Lic. Spencer McMullen’s law firm does this without ever going to a Mexican consulate.
Downsides: Realize that INM will will not give us a travel letters during this special process, so, plan to stay in Mexico until your new RT is approved. Also note that if the RT applicant has a temporarily imported TIP car, when their old RT expires, the TIP expires simultaneously – and you would need a Retorno Seguro permit to legally drive the car (to a border), unless you live in the Free Zones: Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Q. Roo – where foreigners are allowed to drive their foreign plated cars without any TIPs – as long as they have insurance and also keep their US or Canadian license plates and registration current.
We look forward to hearing from readers around Mexico about whether their INM offices accept this approach.
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For more information, please see our main article on Visiting and Staying in Mexico at: ~ Current Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico
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Disclaimer: This information is not meant as legal advice. It is for educational and informational purposes only. Government policies vary between States and offices, and Mexican Government officials have broad discretion in how they individually enforce policies, so, your personal experiences may vary. See a professional for advice on important issues.
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