The U.S. Visa Information Service in Mexico 11/2008 Update

Embassy of the US Mexico - Non-Immigrant Visas


Visas for Non-Mexican Nationals (Third Country Nationals - TCNs) Who Live in the United States and Who Wish to Apply for Visas in Mexico

There are five consulates near the U.S./Mexico border that serve non-Mexican Citizens residing in the United States who wish to renew nonimmigrant visas. They are in:

  • Ciudad Juarez
  • Matamoros
  • Nogales
  • Nuevo Laredo
  • Tijuana

Note from the IS: as of October 2008, all ten posts in Mexico, including for the first time the interior posts of Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Monterrey, Merida, and Mexico City now accept nonimmigrant visa applications from third country nationals.

Note that some of the consulates may not have any available appointments. If you select a consulate and discover that there are no available appointments you can check back later or change consulates. Unfortunately, we do not have information regarding when more appointment dates will become available.

Third Country Nationals residing in the United States who wish to apply for a visa in Mexico may make their interview appointment at any of the five posts comprising Mission Mexico, click here (select "English" if necessary) or by phone at 1-900-476-1212. Appointment numbers are limited and may be unavailable at some posts because of other demands, so flexibility in where you wish to apply is helpful.


Who Can Apply in Mexico

  • Applicants seeking to renew their visa in any category, except B1/B2 (pleasure/business), if the initial visa was issued in the applicant's home country

Note: Certain visa applicants may be subject to additional administrative processing. This administrative processing may last weeks, thus delaying visa delivery and the applicant's return to the United States. Every effort will be made to expedite these procedures; however, it is not possible to guarantee completion of this process by a particular date.


Who Cannot Apply in Mexico

  • Applications for B1/B2 visas, including renewals, are not accepted from Third Country Nationals who are not residing in Mexico.
  • Applicants who entered the U.S. with a visa issued in their home country, changed status with the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S., and seek a new visa in a new visa category.
  • Applicants who entered the U.S in one visa category and are seeking to re-enter the U.S. in a different visa category.
  • Applicants who have been out of status in the U.S., having violated the terms of their visas or having overstayed the validity indicated on their I-94 forms.
  • Applicants who entered the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program.
  • Applicants who obtained their current visa in a country other than that of their legal residence.

PLEASE NOTE: If you were informed when you obtained the original visa in your home country that you are subject to National Security Entry Exit Registrations (NSEERs) or are a national of North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Sudan or Iran, you are not eligible to renew your visa in Mexico.

TCN Visa Renewals – Third Country Nationals should keep in mind that, depending on their nationality, a trip to Mexico may require the appropriate Mexican visa from a Mexican embassy or consulate. Potential applicants should be sure they have a Mexican visa, if necessary, and are prepared to wait several days in Mexico while their U.S. visa is being processed.