The United States has revised the rules under which third country nationals (TCNs) who wish to renew their U.S. visas are able to do so at a U.S. consulate in Mexico. TCN applicants seeking to renew a visa in any category, except the B-1 or B-2 visitor categories, may apply only if the initial visa was issued in the applicant's home country.

The following TCNs may NOT apply for a visa at a U.S. consulate in Mexico:

  • Applicants for B-1 or B-2 visas, including renewals, who are not residing in Mexico;
  • Applicants who entered the U.S. with a visa issued in their home country, changed status in the U.S., and now seek a new visa in the new visa category (for example, entering the U.S. as an F-1 student and now seeking an H-1B visa after a change of status from F-1 to H-1B in the U.S.);
  • Applicants who entered the U.S. in one visa category and seek to re-enter the U.S. in a different visa category;
  • Applicants who entered the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program;
  • Applicants who obtained their current visa in a country other than the country of their legal residence;
  • Applicants who have been out of status in the U.S. having violated the terms of their visa status or having overstayed the validity indicated on their I-94s;
  • Applicants who are subject to the National Security Entry Exit Registration (NSEER) program or who are a national of North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Sudan, or Iran.

Please note that to travel to Mexico a TCN might need to obtain a visa from Mexico before applying for entry into Mexico. For additional information on who needs a visa and how to apply for a visa to Mexico click here.