Originally Posted by jan82
I am new to this forum and I have something on my mind I need a little advice for. Last March my wife and I have been to Playa for a month. Now we was planning to go again in September for 2.5 months. The thing is my wife needs a touris Visa to travel to Mexico, because she is a Malaysian national. She has been living and working in Europe for 18 years, but still has Malaysian citizenship. So for our March trip we had the visa issued from the Mexican embassy without any problems. Last week we went to the embassy again to request the Visa for our September trip and surprisingly it was declined. We had all the requested documents and credit cards, money and so on, but it was declined without giving us a clear reason. They told us we couldn't retry it for this time because it has already been declined, but we could ask again next year. They was a bit wondering this time, because we have already been in March, moreover they found it strange that we asked for a long period of 2.5 months. I mean I can go without a Visa as a European citizen, but can't bring my wife. I don't get it? Do they think my wife wants to illegally work in Mexico for 150 bucks a months? It's not the Us, it's Mexico, isn't it?
My question is, does anyone know if we can do something about this and get around this and get a Visa somehow? Even if not for this time, but we would like to go again in February. Does anyone know what I could to?
Please some advice. All help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance
Sorry to hear about this.
Sometimes the way the embassies and such work is weird.
I f.e. once got a visa for the longest possible period from the embassy here in Germany (180 days as far as I remember) and upon entering at the airport the guy looked at me all puzzled, asked where I got the document from and just crossed the days out to replace them with 90.
As for what you can do now- if I were you I would first of all try to get an insight into the juristics/regulations of this to see if there is a real base for this action or not. Not saying that there will be none, there probably is- but in the end sometimes you just end up with someone in a bad mood working on your papers.
So, if you have an insurance that covers lawyers I would try to get advice from a lawyer.
Also- have you spoken with the folks at the embassy in person or did all this take place via fax and/or email?
Sometimes it helps to show up in person.
If I were you- and esp. as you are planning to return many times more- I wouldn't go with any "shady options" that might pop up here and there.
La migra has been very harsh since years, and in case you get caught you could end up being prohibited to enter the country for a long time to come.
The only other option I can think of is to book flights that are rebookable, fly in as normal, get the 60 days at the airport, and then try to get them prolonged once you are there.
When my Mom came to visit me ten years ago that is what we did- and we had no problem with getting her stay prolonged to almost four months by going to the migra in Cancun, showing the money and such.
Or are they prohibiting your wife the entry alltogether this time???? Or just for the long stay?
Also- you mentioned plans to go in February. As far as I understand from your post they said next year will be no problem......so at least you would have that to look forward to.
As for "It's Mexico, not the US"- you would be surprised how many would do anything to get to stay there long term, even Europeans. Hence the strict regulations- they are just trying to protect the Mexicans that are looking for work, as if they didn't the whole Riviera would be full of Euros and other nationalities doing every job possible to stay, even if it pays low.