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  • Note: If you are a Temporary or Permanent Resident (of Mexico), REMEMBER never to enter or exit Mexico as a tourist.

FMM Tourist Card 

  • Allows one to enter Mexico for up to 180 days when you enter Mexico either by land, air or sea. It is a standard tourism form. One must leave Mexico before expiration.

tourist visa sample

Permanent Resident Visa (PR)

  • Leading to Mexican citizenship (not mandatory),
  • May perform professional activity (earn income). Must notify Immigration of any status change.
  • One is not allowed to own a foreign plated car with this status.


Temporary Resident Visa (TR)

  • Intended for people who wish to live in Mexico for more than 180 days and not longer than 4 years. The visa is issued for one year, and can be renewed for a further 1, 2, or 3 years. After 4 years you may apply for a Permanent Resident Visa. Must apply for a pre-approval at a Mexican consulate outside Mexico.
  • Not allowed to earn income as a TR. A foreign plated car is allowed



Resident Temporary or Resident Permanent arrival and departure

Changes to common immigration forms effective August 1, 2018

Temporary Student Resident Visa

  • This visa is issued to a non-Mexican who intends to enter into Mexico for courses, studies, research projects or training in educational institutions belonging to the Mexican national education system which will last for more than one hundred and eighty days.

Temporary Exit/Re-entry Permission letter

  • Note: If you need to leave Mexico while your Temporary or Permanent visa application is pending with INM office. You have to apply for an INM Temporary Exit/Re-entry Permission Letter at the INM office.



For more info on Mexican Visas

Visa application form
Visitors who do not require a Visa, with a stay up to 180 days
Visitor Visa without permission to conduct remunerated activities
Visa with permission to conduct remunerated activities
Permanent Resident Visa
Temporary Resident Visa
Visa due to theft, loss or destruction of temporary or permanent resident card
Diplomatic or official Visa
Student Temporary Resident Visa
Visas for the Youth Mobility Program
Visitor Visa to conduct Adoption Proceedings


Travelling to Mexico by land
Household goods
Acquisition of Real Estate in Mexico
Power of attorney
Document legalization
Marriage in Mexico
Consumer protection
Taking food and plants to Mexico
Taking pets to Mexico
Money Exchange Policy in Mexico
Tax refund for foreign tourists
Sport fishing in Mexico
Emergencies in Mexican waters



Mexican insurance for your car, RV, home, boat.