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visitor visa situation... what to do?

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I'm actually writing this on behalf of someone else; it's a difficult situation but I hope that someone in the forums can help me.

Well, it's a long story but in this case this person was issued a 180 day visitor visa, but has unfortunately overstayed by a little over two months... a stupid thing to do but it's a long story as to why. This same person (again, it's a long story, I'm afraid) needs to stay even longer but is concerned that, at this point, it will be impossible to get permission and is really concerned that he will be denied entry into Mexico in the future because of this.

This person needs to stay in Mexico for a longer amount of time but is really concerned that it will be impossible to leave and re-enter the country now.

I've tried contacting the embassy but I can't seem to find the correct contact person. I've talked to a series of people and I hear things ranging from really terrifying (heavy fines and the possibility of being deported permanently ) to ''nothing is going to happen.''

I will be really grateful if anyone here can tell me what this person should do about fixing this situation. What can be done to fix things, and remain in Mexico for more time?

I've also contacted an attorney on behalf of this person.

Thank you if you can help me.
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I'm actually writing this on behalf of someone else; it's a difficult situation but I hope that someone in the forums can help me.
I will be really grateful if anyone here can tell me what this person should do about fixing this situation. What can be done to fix things, and remain in Mexico for more time?

Thank you if you can help me.
Legally Mexico requires that a person who overstayed their 180 day permit pay a fine to leave the country. The fine is based on a pay scale of 1 months wage in Mexico City. The longer the person has stayed in country past the 180 days, the more the fine costs. Once the fine is paid, Mexican immigration issues a document that can be presented to an airlines to board a flight. This happened to me several years ago in San Luis and last year in Mexico City. (There was a 24 hour lapse between my "FM3" visa and they required I pay a fine of about 1,200 pesos)
If the person desires to leave Mexico via land, in reality the person will not encounter many, if any problems. I have left Mexico via Laredo many times without "turning in" my 180 permit and was able to return to Mexico in subsequent trips without any problems.
While the person is here in Mexico without a valid immigration permit, he/she runs the risk of encountering Federales that may ask for their immigration document. They may allow the person to pay a fine or less likely they may try to deport the person. Deportations are generally rare for US citizens and more common for Central Americans that are caught working ilegally.
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