You do not need a permit to study at certain types of schools under the new rules (mainly little schools, like language schools). You did under the old rules. If you need to leave Mexico while your paperwork is in process then you must go to the INM office in centro before your trip and get a letter that gives you permission to leave and reenter Mexico. Without that letter you cannot leave. It's going to be ridiculous to interview 20,000 tourists a day who are just going to say "I'm here for the boobs and the beer" or whatever tourists are going to say. On the other hand it is absolutely reasonable for Mexico to want to interview people who enter. Do you think foreigners entering Canada, or the US or England or any other country in the world can get in without being asked questions? Of course not! And they shouldn't. Mexico should interview people entering the country, but in the case of tourists it needs to be a pretty streamlined interview so they can keep them moving. CancunCanuck - I would advise using Mauricio this time, your renewal date is too close to the predicted chaos period. V - Following your directions got me no results. The old document is here: http://www.inm.gob.mx/marcojuridico/circular1/CIRCULAR_Manual_Tramites_Migratorios.pdf I cannot find that the new manual is up yet.