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Change to Visitor by Humanitarian Reasons

(FM2, FM3 or humanitarian visa)

The visitor document for humanitarian reasons, commonly known as FM2, FM3 or humanitarian visa can be requested by foreigners in vulnerable situations, who have one of the following documents:

  • Visitor without permission to perform remunerated activities.
  • Visiting permission to perform remunerated activities.
  • Adoption Visitor purposes.
  • Regional visitor.
  • Border Worker.

Immigration Law

Visitor without permission to engage remunerated Activities(Article 52).  Authorizes the foreigner to travel or remain in national territory for an uninterrupted period of time no longer than a hundred and eighty days, counted from the date of entry without permission to work.

Visitor with permission to perform remunerated activities(Article 52).  Authorizes foreigners that count with a job offer, invitation by any authority or academic institution, artistic, sporting, cultural or seasonal activity under interagency agreements with foreign entities by which they will perceive remuneration in Mexico, to be able to remain in Mexico for no more than one hundred and eighty days in an uninterrupted time, starting from the date of entry.

Regional visitor(Article 52).  Authorizes foreigners or residents of adjacent countries to enter and exitMexico’s border regions as many times as they wish, with a stay of no more than three days and not being able to work in Mexico.

Border visitor worker(Article 52).  Authorizes foreigners of adjacent countries of Mexico, to stay up to one year in the country. The border worker will count with a working permit to work in Mexico, in the activity related to the job offer and he or she is entitled to enter and leave the country as often as desired.

Visitor by Humanitarian reasons (Article 52). This condition shall be granted to foreigners who are in any of the following cases:

  1. Being offended, victim or witness of a crime committed in Mexico.

For purposes of this Act, without prejudice to other legal provisions, shall be deemed as the offended or victim to the person who is the passive subject of the criminal conduct, regardless if it is identified, apprehended, prosecuted or convicted perpetrator and regardless of the familial relationship between the perpetrator and the victim.

To the offended, the victim or witness to a crime who is provided the condition of stay of Visitor by Humanitarian Reasons, will be authorized to stay in the country until the process has been concluded, at the end of it the he/she must leave the country or apply for a new condition of stay, with the right to enter and exit the country as many times as he or she wishes and with a work permit able to receive remunerated activities in the country.

  1. b) Being a child or teenager unaccompanied, in terms of Article 74 of this Law.
  2. c) Be applicant for political asylum, recognition of refugee status or supplementary protection of Mexico, until their immigration status is resolved. If the request is positive they will be granted the status of Permanent Resident stay in terms of Article 54 of this Law.

The Secretariat may also grant the condition of stay of humanitarian visitor to foreigners not located in the above cases, when there is a humanitarian or public interest that requests the foreigner presence in Mexico, which in that case they will be granted with a work permit.

Article 53. Visitors, except for humanitarian reasons and those who have ties with Mexican citizens, or with a foreigner with legal residence in Mexico, cannot change condition of stay and will have to leave the country at the end of the authorized period of stay.


What do I need to apply for a change to visitor condition of stay by humanitarian reasons?

To apply for a visitor condition of stay by humanitarian reasons, the foreigner should initially hold a multiple immigration form as a visitor, formally known as FMM, either with or without permission to perform remunerated activities.

Foreigners who are vulnerable or victims or witnesses of serious crime in Mexico, as well as applicants for refugee status, complementary protection, asylum and statelessness recognition, are candidates for this type of procedure.

It is important to know that the Migration Act contemplates alternatives that facilitate foreigners vulnerable, so they can acquire a legal status in Mexico. Schedule a consultation with our team, who will advise you gladly and freely about these procedures.

Where can I apply for a Visitor condition of stay by humanitarian Reasons?

To applyfor aVisitorcondition of stay, youmustvisitthe INM offices in person and submityourrequest (Instituto Nacional de Migracion).

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How long does it take? 

It always depends on the office that the procedure is presented at, as well as the documents along with it. This type of procedure usually takes longer than the rest, and based on our records it has been taking around 10 to 15 business days.

How do I start my procedure?

By scheduling an appointment with one of our consultants, please keep in mind that H&H Consultants can always help you in person or online.

We strongly advise you to consult with an expert before you start any immigration procedure, there are many ways for you to save money and improve your migratory history.

Can I start my procedure while I am outside of Mexico?

Unfortunately this procedure is not able to be presented when abroad, applicants need to be in Mexico to apply for this migratory change of status.

If you are outside of Mexico and want to know what alternatives do you have for your entry into Mexico, please call one of our consultants to help you in this process.

How much does it costs?

In this specific cases, HH Consultants offers a pro bono service depending on the vulnerability of the situation, if you are interested in this please contact one of our consultants to inform you better.

Also, if you want to start a regular process, the cost may be different according to each case’s characteristics.

As a consequence, we evaluate every case with an initial interview (40dlls, that will be deducted from the total cost). Withthe purpose of obtaining the most information possible, in order to determine if this type of procedure is the correct one. If it is not the best option, we will let you know what will be the process that we need to follow.

HH helps foreigners like you to regularize their migratory status, so that you can enjoy your stay in Mexico without worrying of your legal status in the country.