The Mexican Consulate in Houston has been reported as being very difficult to work with.
Further, processing times also vary from a few hours to a few days on average.
Excuses of old age, forgetting to return, or having a broken-down unreliable car are not accepted by INM.Go right away to Aduana to notify Aduana in writing that you have an INM Residente Temporal visa in process, and formally request that Aduana extend the expiration date of your 30 day TIP.This is the same process at Aduana for both our first Temporary Resident visa & TIP combination and also for all subsequent annual INM visa renewal.As you enter Mexico, be sure to check that INM ONLY gives you a 30 day visa.If they give you a 180 day visa, THAT IS A BIG MISTAKE.If you drive into Mexico with a foreign plated car, Aduana now only gives 30 day Temporary Import Permits for vehicles, because you only get a 30 day INM visa at first.Because the Banjercito computers auto-confiscate our TIP $$ deposits just 15 days after the INM permit expires, it is difficult to get your RT visa in just 30 days …Call the National Hotline: ~ Issues Related to Foreigners with Foreign Plated Cars in Mexico: ~ INM’s New Types of Permits for Visiting Mexico or Moving to Mexico ~ General INM Qualifications for Working in Mexico by type of INM permit ~ Advantages and Disadvantages of ~ Specific Legal References for Significant Changes That Affect Expats ~ Foreign Resident Requirements for Filing Address Changes or Employment Changes with INM ~ Immigration Requirements that Relate to Becoming a Naturalized Citizen ~ ‘ Tourist ‘ 6 month Visitante Visas Requirements Including Visitor’s Visas with permission to Work ~ New Rules on Expired INM Permits: ~ Specific Issues for Applying at Your Mexican Consulate for Shipping Household Goods into Mexico ~ An Example Letter for applying for a ~ Example Letter for CHANGING ADDRESS, CHANGING EMPLOYER, etc ~ Instructions for the INM Webpage for Visiting Mexico or Moving to Mexico ~ IMPORTANT UPDATES on past FM-3 time counting towards Residente Permanente ~ What to do if your INM permit expires while you are outside Mexico ~ Effects of Having a TIP for a Foreign Plated Car When You Apply For Residency at a Consulate: ~ Issues When Leaving Mexico with a Pending INM Application using an INM Temporary Exit / Re-entry Permission Letter: ~ Sources and References for the New INM Law and Rules ~ Lost or Stolen Residente Permanente or Residente Temporal Card * * * * * * Overview of Mexico’s Immigration System: The 2011 INM “New” Law basically has 5 new categories of immigration permits for Mexico: Foreigners living outside Mexico or in Mexico on a visitors/tourist visa, must go to a Mexican Consulate in their home country and start the residency application process at a Mexican Consulate *see next section*. ~ List of Items Required by Some Mexican Consulates to Apply for Residency Further: Here’s the SRE website describing all of the current requirements for getting a Mexican visa: https://mx/tramites/ficha/visa-de-residencia-permanente/SRE236 Many (if not all) Mexican Consulates in the USA are now requiring that Residency applicants file for an appointment (online or by phone) before coming in.It is tempting for some Canadians and American citizens to go to the Mexican Consulate in Belize, which works for Americans, but Canadians must have all their documents formally “legalized” (see below) by a Mexican Consulate BACK in CANADA – because Canada is special and refused to sign the Hague Convention. Check your Consulate’s website for their requirements, and instructions on filing for an appointment. Some Consulates only accept appointments by phone, and some are taking hours before answering their application phone line.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.