A temporary resident visa is the first step if you want to stay in Mexico more than 180 days and less than 4 years.
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A small note, the attached apply link and the content has been taking from the website for people applying from Australia. But, it's okay if you aren't, just search “Mexican consulate (name of the city)” and choose the website which starts with this: “consulmex.sre.gob.mx”, that will be the official one.
The visa is valid for six months and includes one entry. Once you arrive in Mexico, you must present your Temporary Resident Visa at the National Migration Institute (INM) within the first 30 days of arrival, in order to receive a Temporary Resident Card which will allow you to stay in the country for up to four years, depending on your circumstances.
A temporary resident visa does NOT allow the visa holder to work in Mexico (receive payment of compensation from any Mexican person, company or entity in exchange for their services), unless a working permit has been previously authorized by the INM.
However, under normal circumstances it is possible to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa and apply for a working permit once in Mexico, but be advised, no work is possible until Mexican immigration authorities have granted the working permit, regardless of the visa held by the applicant.
Proof of economic solvency.
Choose a date and time for an appointment via MEXITEL: LINK-MEXITEL . NOTE: you can change the language of MEXITEL by clicking on the flags on the upper right corner. If more than one person will apply for the visa, each applicant must have their own appointment.
On the day of the appointment, you will be required to appear before the Embassy of Mexico with your passport, visa application form (with the passport sized photo affixed to it) and all supporting documents (original and copy) for a consular interview. There is no visa processing done online or through post. If the applicant is a minor, the parents will need to appear as well, showing the minor’s birth certificate and their official IDs.
NOTE: The original passport, complete visa application form, photograph and all other supporting documents must be brought to the embassy on the day of the appointment.
On the day of the appointment, the biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) will be taken, the visa fee will be paid and the consular interview will be held. After the Consular interview, the applicant will leave all documentation at the embassy, including their passport, for processing.
Within five days of the consular interview, you will be notified by phone or email if the visa will be granted. After the notification, the passports will be ready for collection at the embassy. If you cannot collect the passport in person, you can either give someone else a simple authorisation letter (signed by you and them and with a copy of their ID) or leave a self-addressed prepaid Registered Post or Express Post “signature on delivery” envelope at the embassy, which will be used to send your passport back, under strict responsibility of the applicant.