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Third-Country Nationals
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May 27, 2021

What is a Third-Country National?

A third-country national (TCN) is a citizen of a country other than Mexico who applies for a non-immigrant visa with their non-Mexican passport. Routine appointments for applicants not ordinarily resident in Mexico are not available at this time.  Any applicant currently residing in the United States who seeks to extend their legal stay should contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at this link:  https://www.uscis.gov/visit-the-united-states/extend-your-stay

The following applicants may apply at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or the U.S. Consulates in Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Merida, Monterrey, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, or Tijuana:

  1. Mexican citizens applying with a Mexican passport may apply for their first visa or to renew a visa in any visa category.
  2. Third-country nationals residing in Mexico with immigration status (FM2 or FM3) may apply for their first visa or to renew a visa in any visa category. Cuban and Venezuelan nationals who reside in Cuba or Venezuela are also permitted to apply in Mexico.

Notice: 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.