Yesterday, Linda and I flew back to the U.S. to attend to some matters ,and since we have Mexican Resident Cards, that meant following some additional procedures to notify Mexican Immigration (INM) of our departure.
Over a year ago, I discussed the procedures to follow in another article that focused more on the dangers of entering Mexico as a tourist when the person is actually a resident.
I’ll save you the trouble of having to read that one — the Mexican government cancels your resident card and you have to start the whole process all over again outside of Mexico.
Prior to going to the Cancun Airport yesterday, Linda was referring to that article to help her complete the Mexican immigration form. She mentioned that the article wasn’t easy to locate because the title didn’t mention anything about the procedures themselves.
She suggested that I do a separate post with just the procedures and a title that would make it easier for both her and our readers to find the information easily.
Since I have learned from experience that is foolish to tell my wife no, here are the procedures without all the fluff:
Step by Step Process
Before leaving the country by air, report to INM with your resident card and passport in hand. There should be an INM desk or kiosk near the ticket counter (international airports):
1. Pick up an FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple)
This is actually the same form that you would use if you were coming into the country as a tourist, but this time, you’ll be submitting the sections in the reverse order.
2. Fill out boxes 1-8 of Section One and 1-10 of Section Two
Section One is for your return to Mexico and Section Two is for your departure.
That means that your departing flight information will be in Section Two only. You don’t have to worry about filling in the flight information in Section One — at least for now.
3. Present the completed form along with your passport and resident card to the INM agent
He or she will process it and write either RT (residente temporal) or RP (residente permanente) on the top of Sections One and Two in the white margin.
The agent will hand you back both sections of the form. Give Section Two to the airline representative when they ask for it. This is normally done at the ticket counter.
4. Store Section One in a safe place
Seriously, don’t lose it. You’re going to need it in the future.
5. Upon returning to Mexico, complete the remaining boxes on the form (Section One) and give it to INM
Piece of cake!
Let’s Wrap This Up
If you fly in and out of Mexico on a regular basis, it pays to pick up a stack of these forms and fill them out ahead of time. We keep a stack of them in the drawer at the condo.