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How to migrate to Mexico

To migrate to Mexico, you can find a job in Mexico, or you can also study in Mexico. If you have a relative in Mexico, they can also help you.

Most immigrant visas require the applicant to be sponsored by a Mexican citizen, a Mexican permanent resident, or a Mexican employer.

Migrate to Mexico? To move to Mexico and live there, people must first get permanent residence. When retired people move to Mexico with their Mexico Retirement Visa, they are given a Permanent Resident Card.

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Migrate to Mexico

You need to get a visa to enter Mexican territory unless you are just visiting. It depends on your reason for staying that you need both a resident visa and a resident card for stays longer than three months.

You can become a legal resident of Mexico in a number of ways. You may need to get a long-stay visa if you want to move to the country. If you have a visa that lets you into the country, you can visit Mexico as a temporary resident and then stay there permanently.

You can migrate to Mexico for more than three months in one of these ways:

  • For work;
  • For study;
  • Get together with your family.
  • In order to retire.

Permanent residence visa

When you go to Mexico or plan to stay there permanently, this helps you show that you are in a place that allows for foreign travel.

You will need:

  • Visa application form.
  • Your valid passport or travel ID with a copy.
  • One photograph.
  • Proof of financial stability.
  • Proof of legal stay (if you’re not a national of the applying country) with a copy.

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Mexico Residence Permits

In Mexico, there are two types of resident permits:

  • Temporary Residence Permit and
  • Permanent Residence Permit.

Temporary Residence Permit

You can stay in Mexico temporarily for up to 4 years with a pass. There is a one-year limit on your first temporary resident permit. After that, you can repeat it for one to three more years, up to a total of four years in a row.

For foreign visitors staying in Mexico between 180 days and four years:

  1. Complete and sign a one-page visa application form.
  2. Bring your passport or valid travel ID with a photocopy of the photo page.
  3. If you are not a Canadian citizen, provide your original migratory document and a copy.
  4. Include a color photo (3.9 cm x 3.1 cm) with a white background, no glasses.
  5. Pay the visa fees in cash.

Permanent Resident of Mexico

People can become permanent residents of Mexico after living there for at least four years with a temporary resident card or after being married to a Mexican citizen or permanent resident for at least two years with a temporary resident card.

This Mexico Permanent Resident Card doesn’t have an end date; it’s valid for as long as the person has it. Because of this, it doesn’t need to be updated like the Temporary Resident Card does every couple of years.

How to apply

You can apply for a Permanent Resident Visa at the Mexican embassy or consulate in your home country. Don’t forget to send the necessary document with the application form.

When you get to Mexico, you can apply for a Mexican Permanent Resident Card at the National Immigration Institute (INM).

Mexican resident

In order to live in Mexico, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • In Mexico, you have close family ties.
  • If you have found a job in Mexico.
  • The plan is for you to retire in Mexico.
  • To study in Mexico
  • If you have lived temporarily for at least four years and now.

Mexico Citizenship

Before you can apply for citizenship in Mexico, you have to have lived there for at least five years. But some people can become citizens faster than others. For example, if they have lived in Mexico permanently, have family ties to Mexican citizens, are officially married to a Mexican, or have a child born in Mexico, they can become citizens faster.


Source: Gobjerno De Mexico

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