Update on Foreigners Using Repeated “Tourist visas” To Stay in Mexico

Jan. 27, 2020

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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4 Responses to Update on Foreigners Using Repeated “Tourist visas” To Stay in Mexico

  1. Don Saigle says:

    Just sending this as a heads up for Brock.

  2. I guess being illegal aliens is a two-way street.

    • Bruce McGovern says:

      Some years ago, a high ranking official of the Mexican government said there were an estimated several hundred thousand Americans living illegally in Mexico. That at the time sounded strange, but over the years, on various boars people admitted being years over their entry visas, asking for advice. So, I cannot say it isn’t true about large numbers of illegals.

  3. ndemski says:

    Luckily, I’ve recently made some videos about how to get both Temporary and Permanent Residency on my youtube channel. They clearly explain the process for each if anyone needs more information. You can find my page ‘The Single Dad Nomad’ for more about moving to Mexico legally.

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