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Mexico – Residency

Types of Residency in Mexico

Mexico offers several types of residency visas for foreigners. The type of visa required depends on the length and purpose of your stay in the country. The following are the most common types of residency visas:

Temporary Resident Visa

The Temporary Resident Visa is issued to individuals who plan to live in Mexico for a period of more than 180 days and up to four years. This visa can be renewed for up to three additional years, giving a maximum of four years of stay.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Temporary Resident Visa, you must demonstrate that you have sufficient economic resources to support yourself during your stay. You may also be required to provide evidence of a job offer, business plan, or investment in Mexico.

Requirements

The requirements for a Temporary Resident Visa are:


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  • A valid passport
  • A completed application form
  • Proof of financial resources
  • Proof of payment of fees
  • Health insurance
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Any other document required by the Mexican embassy or consulate in your home country

Permanent Resident Visa

The Permanent Resident Visa is issued to individuals who plan to live in Mexico indefinitely. The visa is valid for one year and can be renewed indefinitely.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Permanent Resident Visa, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have a close family member who is a Mexican citizen
  • Be a retiree with a pension or retirement income
  • Have a job offer or investment in Mexico
  • Have resided in Mexico for a period of four years with a Temporary Resident Visa

Requirements

The requirements for a Permanent Resident Visa are:

  • A valid passport
  • A completed application form
  • Proof of eligibility
  • Proof of payment of fees
  • Health insurance
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Any other document required by the Mexican embassy or consulate in your home country

Student Visa

The Student Visa is issued to individuals who plan to study in Mexico for a period of more than six months.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Student Visa, you must be enrolled in a recognized educational institution in Mexico.

Requirements

The requirements for a Student Visa are:

  • A valid passport
  • A completed application form
  • Acceptance letter from a recognized educational institution in Mexico
  • Proof of payment of fees
  • Health insurance
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Any other document required by the Mexican embassy or consulate in your home country

Process for Applying for Residency in Mexico

The process for applying for residency in Mexico involves several steps:

  1. Apply for a visa at a Mexican embassy or consulate in your home country.

  2. Once you arrive in Mexico, apply for a temporary resident card at the local immigration office.

  3. Renew your temporary resident card every year until you are eligible for a permanent resident card.

  4. Apply for a permanent resident card once you meet the eligibility requirements.

Documents Required

The documents required for a residency visa in Mexico may vary depending on the type of visa and the Mexican embassy or consulate in your home country. However, the following documents are commonly required:

  • A valid passport
  • A completed application form
  • Proof of financial resources
  • Health insurance
  • Police clearance certificate
  • Any other document required by the Mexican embassy or consulate in your home country

Registration

Once you arrive in Mexico, you are required to register with the National Immigration Institute (INM) within 30 days. Failure to register may result in fines or deportation.

Resources for Information on Residence in Mexico

For reliable, up-to-date information on residence in Mexico, you can refer to the following resources:

  • The Mexican Embassy or Consulate in your home country
  • The National Migration Institute (INM) in Mexico: https://www.gob.mx/inm/
  • Mexican immigration law firm or lawyer


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