For complete information on obtaining Visas while in Mexico, contact:
The American Embassy
Sección de Visas de No Inmigrante
Reforma 305 Mexico, D.F. 06500
01 (4) 788-7070
What Visa do you need to visit San Miguel?
Tourist Visa - less than 6 months
If you are visiting Mexico and staying for less than 6 months, you will need a Tourist visa, or FMT. If you are already in the country and were issued a visa for a shorter period, you can request an extension of the term. You cannot work in Mexico with an FMT visa.
Where do you get an FMT?
You can get one at any Mexican Consulate, travel agency, at the border or the airport, depending on your nationality. It is advised to contact a Mexican Consulate for more information.
How do you extend the term of your FMT?
You can request an extension of the visa’s term at the Immigration office at Calz. de la Estación (at the glass factory), Tel. 152-2542, 152-6939. It is recommended that you request this extension at least 15 days prior to its expiration.
To extend your visa you should have with you:
-Your passport and a photocopy
-The original FMT
-A letter requesting the extension of term. Keep in mind that upon returning to your country of origin, you must return your FMT visa, so keep it in a safe place. Also, there restrictions for citizens of certain countries, so check with a local Mexican Consulate before making travel plans.
More than 6 months – FM2 or FM3
There are two options for a longer stay in Mexico, FM2 and FM3. Consider what you are going to be doing and how long you want to stay in Mexico before applying for one of these visas.
If you are planning to retire in Mexico, you can apply for either visa, but must prove to authorities that you will be living on income from another country, or from Mexican-based investments. Both visas must be renewed annually, which can be done at the local Immigration office at Calz. de la Estación (at the glass factory), Tel. 152-2542, 152-6939. Although some Consulates process visa requests in a few days, you should be prepared to wait up to 30 days for your visa. Both visas allow family members to also apply for the appropriate visas.
With an FM2 visa you are considered an immigrant not a permanent resident. However, with this visa you are eligible to become a permanent resident. There are restrictions on how often and how long you can leave the country, so contact your local immigration office for details at Calz. de la Estación (at the glass factory), Tel. 152-2542, 152-6939.
With an FM3 visa you are allowed to stay in the country as a non-immigrant. You can leave the country as much as you please and you are eligible to work in Mexico.
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