How to extend visitor FMM in Mexico during Coronavirus

How to extend visitor FMM in Mexico during Coronavirus

Normally, your visitor FMM card cannot be extended past the 180 day limit, and you must fly out of the country and then return to get a new FMM card. If your FMM does expire while in Mexico, and flying out, go to the immigration office at the airport and pay the overstay fine.

During COVID-19, however, you may apply for a new FMM card while in Mexico at a local immigration office. The new card will be valid for another 180 days. Wait until your current FMM expires before going to the INM office. Search for “IMN office” and find out the opening hours. Try to get there just before the opening time as some offices tend to get busy later on.

You will need to bring the following:

  1. Fill in the Formato para solicitar trámite migratorio de estancia online form, print it out, and sign it. You will need your passport information and your address in Mexico to fill the form.

    • Under “¿Qué deseas hacer?*:” select “Regularizar situación migratoria”.
    • Under “Especifica*:” select “Regularización por razones humanitarias”.
  2. A signed letter explaining the reason for the extension, you can use this template:

     Instituto Nacional de Migración 
     Fecha: [date]
     Por medio de la presente yo [full name], de nacionalidad [nationality], de estado civil casado, con pasaporte no. [passport number], con domicilio, para oir y recibir notificaciones en [address in Mexico]. 
     Solicito mi Regularización por razones humanitarias en virtud que mi documento migratorio vence el [FMM expiry date], y debido a la contingencia mundial de COVID-19, no me es posible regresar a mi pais. 
     Declaró que este procedimiento lo solicito porque deseo continuar viviendo de mis recursos traidos del extranjero, y no realizó actividades lucrativas en este pais. 
     Sin más por el momento, me despido agradeciendo de antemano la atención prestada a neutra solicitud. 
     [name and signature]
  3. FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple) card
  4. Passport
  5. Copy of your passport (the photo page spread)

If your application is accepted you will be told to pick up the new FMM card usually end of the same day or the following day.

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