November 9, 2014 Update
We have gotten 3 separate reports this past week from travelers who had allowed their Residente Temporal permits to lapse, and then went through a border crossing. Each of the 3 travelers handed over their old expired Residente Temporal cards, and all 3 were scolded for not submitting their Residedente Temporal card by the expiration date. One of the three did this at the Nuevo Laredo crossing, while the other 2 did this at the Chetumal/Belize crossing.
None of the 3 were automatically granted the Visitante visas they requested.
The 2 who allowed their RT visas to expire while they were in Mexico, were assessed $$ penalties for not surrendering their Residente Temporal visas by their expiration dates – but both were given Visitante visas after paying the penalties. The third person, who had been hospitalized for brain tumor surgery in the USA when her RT visa expired, crossing at Nuevo Laredo in October 2014, long after INM’s 55 day grace period for RT’s who are outside Mexico, was hassled by the INM agents – forced to go to the back of a 15 person line to wait for 90 minutes – was then scolded again – and was finally granted the 6 month Visitante visa she had asked for at the beginning, with no penalties.
Based on these 3 reports, there may be penalties up to $50 pesos per day for allowing a Residente Temporal visa to expire. If this is correct, we can save ourselves some hassles and delays if we surrender our Residente Temporal visas by their expiration date.
We welcome updates from our readers on this and other immigration issues.
For more details on Mexican Immigration rules, please see our main article at:
Current Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico
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