Jul 13, 2009, 1:58 PM
Post #14 of 16
You have received the right answer from several different sources, all of whom are very well qualified to answer your question.
I would just like to advise you to be very diligent about keeping copies of everything you submit to the INS in the process of renewing your visa and make sure that all the copies are stamped by the person who takes your renewal application and handles all the paperwork and receipts.
When I recently renewed my visa and subsequently returned, four weeks later as they told me to do, they did not have the renewal ready. Told me to come back in a week. So I went back in a week at which time they told me I had not completed all the necessary forms and that I had not paid the fee. The "missing" form was the main application form, the "Solicitud de Tramite Migratorio."
I already knew not to argue with them, using logic, for example, that I could not have failed to submit that form because it is the primary application form for the visa renewal and they would never have accepted my request for a renewal without that form. Or, that they had checked off, on their own check list, all the required documents and payment receipts, indicating that they were there at the time they accepted the application from me.
No, I simply whipped out the copies of everything, all of which were stamped, officiously, by the person who took all the originals from me some five weeks early. I have no idea if everything was present and in order the week before when they said the visa was not ready yet.
The application form is no biggy; I could have filled out a new one. But the receipt for payment of the fee for the renewal, well, that would have been a different story. The fee is already over $100US and that is no insignificant sum.
So, my advise to everyone renewing their visas in Mexico is to get stamped copies of everything.