TCN Processing in Mexico

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With no advance notice, U.S. consulates in Mexico are imposing significant restrictions on the services available to so-called third-country nationals (TCNs) applying for nonimmigrant visas. In particular, the following TCNs cannot apply for nonimmigrant visas in Mexico:

? Applicants who entered the U.S. with a visa issued in their home country and changed status with Department of Homeland Security in the U.S., who now seek a new visa in the new visa category.

? Applicants who entered the United States in one visa category and seek to re-enter the U.S. in a different visa category.

? Applicants who obtained their current visa in a country other than that of their legal residence.

In the past, individuals who were lawfully admitted to the U.S. in one visa category (such as an F-1 student) would often apply for a new visa stamp in Mexico after they were approved for H-1B or other nonimmigrant status. Please note that the following TCNs may continue to apply for nonimmigrant visas in Mexico:

? Applicants seeking to renew their C1/D, D, F, H, I, J, L, M, O, P and R visas, if the initial visa was issued in the applicant's home country or at one of the border posts in the past few years.

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