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How to change your Visa to a Temporary Resident Card in Mexico

When applying for a temporary resident visa for Mexico in the Netherlands I had really no idea that step 2 would be so hard.
Nobody tells you anything and nothing is explained properly, I just kind of found out by accident. At the Embassy they only told me that after arriving in Mexico I had 30 days to change my visa for a temporary resident ID card at the local INM office.

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Well, that sounded like a piece of cake!

The confusion started in the plane, did I need to fill out an FMM form? No, the stewardess told me, yes the immigration officer told me when I showed her my visa. So, I had to step out of the long, long line of tourists, to fill out a form that I could have filled out hours ago.

All my experience I have put together in a guideline for you to go through the whole process as smoothly as possible.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Nobody, and I mean nobody speaks English, you really have to do it on your own in Spanish
  • Some people pay over 400 US$ to a lawyer to have this done for them, that is totally insane with this guideline you can do it for free and only pay visa costs.
  • it is manageable, just follow the flow and do as you are told without being smart
  • make your own memory doing this, and don’t believe all the bullshit on the internet about how difficult it is, for it is not! I speak only a little Spanish and even I managed.
  • be patient and polite, the officers are very friendly, the cues are very long, but the waiting time is not very long. Every visit was done within 1 hour, again do not believe all the bullshit about long waiting hours and such, the cue is for different services and the guard keeps an eye on everyone and makes sure you get into the right cue inside. Once inside it actually goes pretty fast.

Do it yourself guideline for a temporary Resident Permit only for 300 MXN

No need for expensive lawyers!

With this step-by-step guideline for the application for a Temporary Resident Permit, you can save lots of money on an immigration lawyer. The process is easy and simple, just follow each step in this guideline that will help you through the forms and paperwork needed.

From the moment you decide to stay in Mexico longer than 6 month until you leave the Immigration Office after you “Tramite” is completed this guide will take you to the process step by step.

With links to government websites to help you speed up the preparations.

Save lots of money on immigration lawyers and do your renewal all by yourself

It is fast, easy and simple!

Requirements, explanations, translations, a complete and step by step walk-through

Step by step guide for

  • The Embassy,
  • The border crossing
  • Immigration Office in Mexico (INM).
  • The “Tramite” process is explained and translated and you will have your Resident Card in an affordable and easy self-applied way.

 

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Jeanette, a Dutch female nomad, started to travel the world at the age of 17. Walker of beaches, shell searcher and iPhone photographer. Writer and owner of two websites Currently, she lives in Mexico. She is an emigration coach and works online.

2 Comments

  • JC from Holland

    Doing this process in Quintana Roo has been challenging. Both times, the initial change of the FMM and the extension took them 8 months, nearly 9 to process. I have been told that hiring a lawyer speeds it up, but it is very expensive and I have no proof of that, some lawyers deny it. Or tell you it speeds up and then you still have to wait 8 months. It seems that other states are able tp process faster. A client of mine processed in the Federal District and got his card within 1 month.

  • Dogo

    After you applied, how long did it take before you could collect the tempoary residency card?

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