June 13, 2017 Updates
~ INM has changed their policy on Residente Temporal visas with permission to work for a company who have changed to being self employed, as INM now denies renewals when someone changes to self-employment. INM states that the original RT visa entry conditions no longer exist when a foreigner changes to being self-employed from working for a Mexican employer.
~ Humanitarin visas: Qualifying people who find themselves stuck in Mexico (unable to travel) due to health reasons may now get humanitarian visas. They must get a letter from a government clinic doctor describing their condition(s), also stating that they are unable to travel. Excuses of old age, forgetting to return, or having a broken-down unreliable car are not accepted by INM.
~ Large Variability in Stringent or Lenient Mexican Consular Visa Qualification Policies:
Each Mexican Consulate has their own special rules. Recent reports show that the Mexican Consulates in Laredo TX, Phoenix AZ and Las Vegas, NV are very lenient approving Residente Temporal visas for Americans with as little as $1,000.00 USD per month in income. The Mexican Consulate in Houston has been reported as being very difficult to work with. Finally, each Mex. Consulate’s visa application processing times vary from a few hours to a few days.
Note that there are tons of details on Visas & moving to Mexico at our main article on immigrating to Mexico at:
~ Current Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico
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