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Mexico Permanent Residency Made Easy

The first step in establishing permanent residency in Mexico is to apply for it at the Mexican consulate in your home country. There are also specific requirements before you can establish residency in Mexico.

One way to qualify is if you have family in Mexico; another is if you find employment there. Students who are attending university in Mexico qualify for temporary residency. Individuals who have lived in Mexico temporarily for four years can then apply for permanent residency.

When applying for Mexican permanent residency at the consulate, make sure that you bring a visa application form duly completed and signed, as well as your passport. If you are applying from a third country (that is not your home country) then you will also need documentation proving the legality of your entry into that third country. And you must bring also a 3.9 cm x 3.1 cm photo.

There are different requirements based on the reason why you are applying for permanent residency. If you are applying on the basis of family unity, then you should bring your birth certificate (both the original and a photocopy), as well as documentation demonstrating the Mexican citizenship of your familial connection.

You can also apply if you have ties to a foreigner who possesses a permanent resident visa and should again bring documentation. In the case of this latter form of application, you must also demonstrate economic solvency, in the form of a bank account with a balance of at least $1000 every month over the last twelve months.

For those who are applying as retirees, it is important to bring either proof of your pension, or a bank account that has had an average balance of at least $180,000 over the past 12 months.

Permanent visa applicants must demonstrate that they have a monthly income of between $4,300 and $4,500 over the previous 6 months. Or, same as with a retiree, show a balance of $180,000 over the past 12 months.



familial ties

The following familial ties with a Mexican citizen or a foreigner with a permanent residence visa are recognized as a cause for a permanent residency visa:

  • Child
  • Parent
  • Spouse or common-law partner
  • Sibling

benefits of Mexican permanent residence

Of course, the most obvious benefit of Mexican permanent residence is that you can reside in Mexico indefinitely, but there are many other benefits. Essentially, by establishing permanent residence, you can start the process of becoming a Mexican citizen, the only thing you will not be able to do is to vote in their elections. But you will possess all the other rights that Mexicans enjoy, such as the right to work, and the right to enter and leave Mexico at will.



Mexico offers many advantages to expats. The cost of living is extremely low relative to first-world standards, so you can save a lot of money even while enjoying a pretty high standard of living. The food is incredible, and you can enjoy the convenience and deliciousness of taco stands and inexpensive restaurants. Eating out is very affordable, you could easily eat out every meal without breaking even a modest budget, should you be so inclined. And the Mexican diet can consist of lots of healthy foods if you make careful choices.

Mexico is close to a lot of other great destinations, like the Caribbean, the United States, and South America. Mexico city is a central transport hub which a lot of flights go through, and domestic travel is very inexpensive. Spanish is a great language to learn, relatively easy to pick up and is one of the most commonly spoken languages as a native tongue in the world. And Mexico has tons of great coastal regions that are both safe and excellent places to reside. Just make sure to bring your sunscreen!



Mexican temporary resident

Instead of the permanent resident route, you can also apply to become a temporary resident of Mexico. You will need to demonstrate financial solvency in order to qualify for this visa, either in the form of an income of $2,600 USD a month or in the form of savings in excess of $43,000 USD. Just as in the case of the permanent residency, you must apply at the Mexican consulate in your home country or in a third country if you are travelling when you decide you want to apply. Alternatively, you can apply on the basis of having a job in Mexico, in which case the company that is hiring you would submit paperwork on your behalf demonstrating that you have employment.

A temporary residency is valid for just one year after it is granted, but can be renewed three times for a total of four years of residency. Then, once you have used up your four temporary years, you can apply for permanent residency.

Students who are studying in Mexico can also qualify for temporary residency. They must also be able to demonstrate either their financial means or if they are under 25 then the ability and desire of their parents to extend economic support to them and their studies. A scholarship can also suffice for these purposes. The financial resources or scholarship in question must be of at least a value of 17,000 Mexican pesos.

Both property and shareholders in a Mexican business can also apply for the temporary residence, on the basis of their property or company ownership. In this case, the value of the property in question must be at least 6,840,000 Mexican pesos. Another option for temporary residence is if you are going there to volunteer, like if you are working with a church group or non-profit organization on an unsalaried basis. In that case, you must prove financial means in the amount of at least 855,000 Mexican pesos, either in the form of a checking balance, or statements of investments like a brokerage account.




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Mikkel Thorup

Written by Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup is the world’s most sought-after expat consultant. He focuses on helping high-net-worth private clients to legally mitigate tax liabilities, obtain a second residency and citizenship, and assemble a portfolio of foreign investments including international real estate, timber plantations, agricultural land and other hard-money tangible assets. Mikkel is the Founder and Director at Expat Money™, a private consulting firm started in 2017. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, the Expat Money Show, and wrote the definitive #1-Best Selling book Expat Secrets - How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas And Make Giant Piles Of Money.

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