June 2017 Updates to INM Visa Policies

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.

Happy Trails,

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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6 Responses to June 2017 Updates to INM Visa Policies

  1. Bob Bridge says:

    Steve, really enjoyed your piece on the power problems. I’ve shared it with a friend who is a power problems professional, specilaized in power protection device design and manufacture. His comments may be interesting and valuable. A question though: does the ‘humanitarian’ visa process you mentioned, apply to getting a Residente visa while remaining in Mexico, and going to the local INM office to apply? This fellow has no documentation and is in poor health. I’d like to help him thru the process if that is what you’re implying can be done. Can your refer me to a section of the INM website that may detail this? Love your blog. Regards,Bob

  2. Bob Bridge says:

    Sorry about that typo! Specialized!!

  3. Greg B. says:

    I live in BCN and am a RT. When crossing to the USA by car we do not stop at INM. I will be flying to Puerto Vallarta this month. Do I need to stop at INM when I leave so that I can fill out an FMM for arrival in Puerto Vallarta?

    • yucalandia says:

      What mode of transportation will you use for leaving PV ? If flying out, then like all other flights for RT visa holders, you check in with INM before taking the flight … Fill out the FMM for exiting Mexico, and use the other half of the FMM (Entering Mexico) for when you return.

      RT holders are able to drive out of Mexico without registering their exits, but realize that if you ever choose to become a Naturalized Citizen, the un-registered exits from Mexico create gaps in the INM records that are interpreted as being out of Mexico for more than the times allowed to become a naturalized Mexican Citizen.

      Happy Trails,

      • Greg B. says:

        Thanks for the quick response. I will be flying LAX-PVR-LAX. To prevent an extended unregistered exit, It sounds like I should stop at INM in Tijuana for a FMM when I drive out of Mexico and use that FMM when I arrive in PVR and then stop at INM in Tijuana again when I return by car and present the FMM from PVR. Is that correct?

      • yucalandia says:

        That method creates a complete record of entrances & exits. (though the Tijuana INM likely don’t get many RT’s checking out of Mexico 😉

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