This report is a heads-up to all the people who have been staying in Mexico by using a succession of 180 day Visitante visas … aka “tourist” visas. Since the Nov. 2012 publication of the Reglamentos (Regulations) by INM, INM officials have been moving slowly to restrict foreigners from living in Mexico on a 180 day Visitante visa, and then exiting Mexico briefly to try to re-enter on yet another new 180 day Visitante visa.
Since 2012, INM has had nationwide-computer access foreigner’s immigration records, documenting all of our exits and entries – in easy to look-up records, that allow them to identify people who clearly reside in Mexico, but who have not gotten Residente visas.
Along these lines … Recently, some INM officials have internally proposed implementing a policy of … a 90 day waiting period between 180d Visitante Visas … to stop foreigners from residing in Mexico, without getting Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente visas.
Will it happen?
Is it happening, now?
A recent internet report points to some INM agents cracking down on serial-successive Visitante visa usage – now including deportation back to the USA:
“I have only used tourist visas to stay in the country, and have never stayed past the 180 days the visa allows. On Thursday, I travelled back to Mexico through the Mexico City airport, but I was denied entry because they said I should have a resident visa. I was deported to Houston the next day (yesterday)“.
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We have no special insights about where INM policies will ultimately land … but we offer this latest twist of sending AIRLINE PASSENGERS BACK to the USA … as a caution to people who have potentially overused 180 day Visitante Visas in the past.
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© Steven M. Fry
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