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Is it possible to get a passport for someone from Mexico?

by Jessica
(Corpus Christi, Tx, Nueces)

Question: Hello, my husband's grandmother lives in Mexico and would like to come and visit her family over in the United States. We were wondering if it is possible for us to help her get a passport to come to the United States.


Answer: If your husband's grandmother is a citizen of Mexico, she needs to apply for and obtain a Mexican passport and, then, apply for a Border Crossing Card. Click the link below for information about applying for a Mexican passport.

Pasaportes - Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores

The Border Crossing Card (BCC) is both a BCC and a B1/B2 visitor’s visa. B1/B2 visa/Border Crossing Cards are only issued to applicants who are citizens of and residents in Mexico. Applicants must meet the eligibility standards for B1/B2 visas which include the following.

* The purpose of their trip is to enter the U.S. for business, pleasure, or medical treatment;
* That they plan to remain for a specific, limited period;
* Evidence of funds to cover expenses in the United States;
* Evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad; and
* That they have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties that will ensure their return abroad at the end of the visit.

BCC applicants must make an application using the normal procedures set by consular sections in Mexico. The fee for the Border Crossing Card is $160. It is valid for 10 years. Click the link below for complete instructions.

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Return to Passport for Travel to Mexico.

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Regional passport agencies are offering extremely limited in-person services if you need to travel internationally in the next 72 hours. Those with qualified life-or-death emergencies are prioritized.

Life-or-death emergencies are serious illnesses, injuries, or deaths in your immediate family (parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, and grandparent) that require you to travel outside the United States within 72 hours (3 business days).

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