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Step-by-step guide to apply for an extension of the Certificado de Residencia Definitiva en Trámite

This article will walk you through the process of applying for an extension of your Certificado Residencia Definitiva en Trámite.

What does this procedure consist of?

Those who have an application for Residencia Definitiva entered into the system and whose term indicated in the document Certificado de Residencia Definitiva en Trámite has expired, may obtain a new document with the extended terms. Once this application has been submitted, and as long as it is available, applicants will receive an email with the extension for 180 days from the expiry date of the previous document.

Important: Remember that you must wait 180 days to download your first extension.


To apply for your extension, you must go to Portal de Trámites Digitales and select Ampliación de Certificado de Residencia Definitiva en Trámite to start with ClaveÚnica.

If you do not have a ClaveÚnica or you wish to recover it, check the following:

  • ¿Cómo Obtener ClaveÚnica?
  • Paso a Paso para obtener ClaveÚnica
  • Paso a Paso para recuperar mi ClaveÚnica


Once you are in, you will notice the following observations:

1. When the Extension of Certificado de Residencia Definitiva en Trámite has been obtained, you will have an extension of 180 days from the time you obtain the respective extension. 

If the document has already been generated, you will NOT be able to obtain another one through this procedure. You will be able to do so within the next 150 days. Keep it safe.

2. During the process of extending your Certificado de Residencia Definitiva en Trámite, you may engage in any lawful activity, without other limitations than those established in the legal and regulatory provisions (Art. 80 of the Alien Regulation).

3. The Extension of the Certificado de Residencia Definitiva en Trámite expires 180 days after you apply for the extension. If your Residencia Definitiva is still not fully processed, you have the option of applying for a second Extension.

4. To check the status of your Residencia Definitiva application, log in to the Service's website or visit the following LINK.

5. Remember that this procedure is free of charge. Never use your ClaveÚnica to obtain documents belonging to third parties.

Then click on Siguiente.


You'll be able to view your Ampliación de Certificado de Residencia Definitiva en Trámite. To download it, click on ampliación.


Your extension is already valid for 180 days.

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