Extending Temporary Stay in Mexico Under an FMN or FMVC Visa.

October 24, 2007
Extending Temporary Stay in Mexico Under an FMN or FMVC Visa.

On October 3, 2007 new circulars issued by the National Immigration Institute were published in the Official Journal of the Federationthrough which such immigration agency agreed: (i) to increase the temporary stay from 30 to 180 calendar days on a non-renewablebasis counted from the first day individuals of U.S. and Canadian citizenship enter Mexico to carry out technical or business activities;(ii) to include new countries with which the Mexican government has established visa agreements, which are listed in the followingpoints; and (iii) to increase the temporary stay from 30 to 180 calendar days, on a non-renewable basis, counted from the date of firstentry into Mexico for individuals from Germany, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, South Korea,Czech Republic, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovania, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland,Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands,Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Venezuela, legal permanentresidents of Canada, legal permanent residents of the United States of America and permanent legal residents of Japan, and to any othernationality entering Mexico to engage in industrial, commercial, financial and technology development activities and others of aneconomic nature that would benefit Mexico. This type of visa has been used many times in place of an FM3 visa, and is recommendedto those entering Mexico on a sporadic basis. Foreigners entering Mexico under an FMN or FMVC visa, and who need to remain inMexico for a longer time period, may elect to apply to convert their legal status to an FM3 visa.

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