Apr 29, 2010, 8:10 AM
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Mexico’s immigration department (National Migration Institute: Instituto Nacional de Migración – INM) has issued changes to immigration rules to simplify and clarify the requirements for immigration to México, effective May 1, 2010. These changes greatly improve the process for DIY (Do It Yourself) folks.
New INM Procedures for FM2s, FM3s, & FMMs
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FM2 and FM3 holder requirements basically remain the same, except INM is issuing smart cards to replace the paper booklets, and they will offer on-line registration for both first-time applicants and renewals, eliminating the need for first visits at a Mexican Consulate or INM office. The FMT (Forma Migratoria Turista) is being replaced with the FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple).
Applicants for Mexican visas and renewals of visas will be able to apply on-line. The current plan is for applicants to log-on with INM; create a personal account; enter personal data; and . . . 3 days later receive notification (by e-mail?) that their application has been approved or denied.
If INM approves your on-line application, the current plan is for INM to include a page/recibo for the user/applicant to print-out and take to a bank and pay. The approval notification will also include a list of the specific documents you need to bring (& number of copies required). Successful/approved application and payment will then trigger INM to issue an appointment (cita) for you to come in to INM,; submit your documents; and get your new smart-card FM2 or FM3 that same visit.
This is expected to be their routine procedure, but INM agents described that some personal situations/circumstances may require several visits. (some people are just special.)
INM agents also emphasized that the documentation requirements will be reduced. Today (April 29) INM agents at our Merida office were gently discouraging new applicants from applying, instead explaining that if they wait just 2 days, the new systems will be much faster and easier.
Note: Applications currently being processed and those filed before May 1, 2010 will be analyzed and processed based on the old/current policies, practices and procedures = booklets, lot's of paperwork, multiple visits, yada, yada, yada...
more descriptions of INM FMM, FM2, & FM3 requirements at http://yucalandia.wordpress.com/...-fmms-fm2s-fm3s-diy/ & http://yucalandia.wordpress.com/...ments-for-fm2s-fm3s/
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Apr 29, 2010, 8:30 AM)