This page is left here for Historical purposes only. Information which better reflects the current situation as of February 2013 can be found starting here: Mexico Visas – Temporary Resident (MTRV was FM3) Permanent Resident (MPRV was FM2) Tourist Card (FMM / FMT)
The application procedure starts here with an on line form. Below are detailed screen shots of the main options of interest to retirees. The end result is a printed form. Before you start you will need to turn off your pop-up blocker and make sure you have a current version of Adobe reader on your system. The explanation of how to do that is in Pop-up Blocker how to turn it off and in Other Problems. To start filling out your on line application click here.
After you fill out the form and print it you must take it to the INM office along with your other documents.
Last updated January 7, 2012: Changes are anticipated but still not in effect, details here: Immigration Changes – FMM, FM2, FM3 – Summary
The on line application procedure:
There are various options. Pick the one that suits your needs. Before you start you must turn off your pop-up blocker. The explanation of how to do that is in Pop-up Blocker how to turn it off .
Renewing your FM3, an annual event
No photos needed for this unless your FM3 is the old booklet type.
Extending your stay beyond 180 days
Bring your passport and your FMM.
Getting your first FM3 or FM2. i.e. Exchange your FMM for an FM2 or FM3.
Notice that the change from FMM to FM3 and FM2 are the same form so to be specific enter in the comment box at the bottom either (Quiero cambiar mi FMM a FM2) or (Quiero cambiar mi FMM a FM3).
Bring all of the above mentioned documents.
Renew your FM2, an annual event for up to 4 years
(January 2012 – renewals for the cards are still done annually with new photos being needed but that may soon change with the possibility of multiple year renewals.)
Changing your FM3 to an FM2, i.e. Starting the citizenship process.
The card is different so you will need photos.
Converting your FM2 to a citizenship application.
We have no experience with this one so ask at INM what they want. We are told that the process cannot be initiated before the FM2 expires which leaves us wondering what status one has while the application is being processed. Check with INM. We will update here as soon as some one reports they have done it.
Enter your personal data. Only the stared items are required. If you have not already done so turn off your pop-up blocker. To do that cick here: Pop-up Blocker how to turn it off .
personal data continued NOTE: For American citizens: Estados Unidos de America not America or United States.
Personal data last shot:
Click Guardar (Save). If you miss one of the required field you will get this message. Click OK and enter data in the offending field(s).
Check all the other data and click on Si. To signify yes my data is correct.
And you get that all important registration number. It will appear on the document you are about to print.
Next you should see a PDF image of the document you need to print. That is a bit further down because my browser blocked it with this message:
giving me these options:
selecting the first option “Allow pop-ups…” should have solved the problem but the PDF never showed. So it is very important you allow the pop-ups before you enter your data or you could wind up entering it again. BUT that is a technical problem so the explanation of how to do that is in Pop-up Blocker how to turn it off .
If you do not see a report it is probably because you did not successfully turn off your pop-up blocker. If you have already done that and still do not see the report then check out Other Problems. What you should see is this report which you need to print:
To print it use the printer icon in the top left corner or RIGHT click on the document to get these options:
Choose print. If you do not have a printer you can save it for later printing by checking the box marked “Print to file” in the bottom left corner.
AND you should be ready to go the INM office. Add your comments below and we will try to fix anything that is incorrect or unclear. We particularly need to be advised if the INM web site changes.
Once you have entered your data on their computer into the Formato Basico they will print it and send you to the bank with a form. You need to bring back the receipt which the bank gives you and two copies of it. When you are at the bank check VERY CAREFULLY that they entered your name correctly i.e. exactly as it is on your passport. Then check it again. If it is wrong it will not be acceptable to the INM office.
Once you have delivered your paperwork to the INM office you can track the progress of your application with your registration number and a password which they will give you at the INM office when they receive your application. Check it ten days after making your application.
There is also a procedure for getting a permission of entry and exit while your paper work is being processed. It would be a good idea to avoid the necessity of doing that by planning to be in Mexico long enough for the process to be completed.
There is an excellent explanation of the process by the undisputed king of knowledge about living in Mexico, Rolly Brook.