In some cases, it is now possible to apply for temporary residency in Mexico via an expired tourist visa. Regularization of an expired document, in order to obtain temporary residency, is a new immigration procedure currently underway. Initially it was in response to many stranded tourists in Mexico due to the pandemic, who wanted or had to stay here. In Spanish it is Regularizacion de documento vencido.

Residency via an Expired Tourist Visa

This process is different from other temporary residency procedures because of its conditions. For example, applicants must already be in Mexico with expired tourist visas (previously known as the FMM).


It grants up to four years of temporary residency immediately. After four years, you can apply for permanent residency. This is, therefore, a great opportunity to obtain residency for those who meet the conditions. Let’s explore all the benefits of this new procedure.  


  • Once resident, you enjoy all the usual advantages of temporary residency.
  • Conveniently, you do the whole process in Mexico without leaving to visit a consulate abroad. 
  • Proof of economic solvency is not required.
  • Temporary residency can be granted immediately for one to four years depending on your preference.
  • After four consecutive years of temporary residency, you may apply for permanent residency.
  • You may also apply for temporary residency with a work permit, if you have a job offer.


  • You currently hold an expired tourist visa (previously an FMM). 
  • You have previously visited Mexico between 2015 and 2022.
  • The cost comprises three payments: a fine for the expired visa ($2074.80 – $10374 MXN), immigration processing fees ($1702 MX), and issue of the residence document ($5328 MXN – $11985 MXN)
  • Applicants must not have any other immigration procedures pending.

If you fulfill the conditions and this procedure interests you, we can help. Contact Adriana at for more info.