Immigration & Visas

Mexico’s Temporary Residency Cards: Expiry and Renewal

If your Mexican Temporary Resident card expires and you want to apply to renew it, you must file the application through a special 'regularization' procedure

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If you allow your Mexican temporary residency card —Residente Temporal— to expire, and you want to reapply to renew it, you will need to enter a special process known as ‘regularization.’

This article explains what happens when your residency card expires, —whether you are in Mexico, or outside of Mexico— and the special process that exists for renewal of expired residency cards.

You must be physically in Mexico: all temporary residency card renewal applications must be processed in-person at an immigration office in Mexico.  You cannot apply to renew them at a Mexican Consulate abroad.

Regular renewals: to apply for renewal of your Mexican temporary residency card while it is still valid (not expired), you must file the application for the renewal during the 30-day period before the card expires.  You cannot apply for renewal before this 30-day window.  Learn more about the renewal procedures for Mexican residency cards.

If your card expires while you are in Mexico, you need to enter a special process to get your legal residency status ‘regularized’.  The regularization process for a temporary residency renewal must be filed within 60 calendar days of the card’s expiry date.

If your card expires while you are outside of Mexico, you can re-enter Mexico using your expired card within 55 calendar days of the expiry date.  You must afterwards attend your local immigration office in Mexico within 5 days hence, to begin the renewal application through a special ‘regularization’ process.  If more than 55 days after the card’s expiry date pass before you re-enter (60 days once you are back in Mexico), you can no longer enter into ‘regularization’ process to renew your existing temporary residency card and you will need to leave Mexico and start your residency application over again at a Mexican Consulate Abroad.

Regularization of Temporary Residency cards: The term ‘regularization’ refers to a situation where your legal immigration status in Mexico becomes ‘irregular’ through, for example, an expired residency card.  Mexican immigration law provides for a process to ‘regularize’ your status, but the application for renewal must be filed within 60 calendar days of the expiry date on the residency card; and you must do this in Mexico; you cannot apply for your card’s renewal at a Mexican Consulate abroad.  Regularization procedures are more complex and more time consuming than regular renewals and we recommend you seek assistance with the procedure.

Don’t leave it to the last minute!  We recommend that you do not leave applying for your residency renewal or ‘regularization’ process to the last minute. Applications entail form filling, bank payments, photographs, etc.  The application needs to be reviewed at the local INM office and the application formally accepted and registered on the system before the expiry date, or before ‘regularization’ window passes, which is 60 days after the date on the expiry card.  If something is amiss with your application, you will be turned away to correct something(s) that will create a delay in the filing, and we therefore recommend you start the renewal process at the beginning of the 30-day window before the permit expires, or well before the 60-day window before the ‘regularization’ process window passes.

The Mexico Immigration Guide contains details about the different visa types, criteria for renewal applications, as well as permit renewal processes and fees.

Get assistance with your expired temporary residency card

If you need personal assistance to help you prepare your regularization application (for example, completing the application forms, writing the covering letter, etc.), deal with renewal procedures, or advice with troubleshooting, consider using our Mexico Immigration Assistance service.

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