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Using an Immigration Lawyer or Facilitator in Mexico: What You Need to Know

Moving to Mexico or any new country can be a daunting experience. There are lots of factors to consider – for instance, location, housing, healthcare, finances and the language. Then there’s the official side of immigration – paperwork. The procedure in Mexico is not difficult compared to some countries, but… Read More

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The INAPAM Discount Card for Senior Citizen Residents in Mexico

One of the perks of residency in Mexico is local or resident pricing and discounts. This is particularly attractive if you live in areas such as the Riviera Maya where costs are higher due to tourism. However, permanent residents over 60 can enjoy even more and greater benefits with an… Read More

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What to Consider When Moving from Europe to Mexico

Are you considering moving from Europe to Mexico? You’re not the only one.  Since the pandemic began, Immigration to Mexico in Playa del Carmen has seen a huge increase in requests from all over the world. Previously, immigrants requesting temporary and permanent residency were 90% from the US and Canada.… Read More

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How to Change from Temporary to Permanent Resident as a Spouse or Partner in Mexico

A question we often receive is, ‘How do I change from temporary to permanent resident as a spouse/partner?’. It is possible to get permanent residency immediately in a few cases. For example, as retirees with adequate financial solvency, or as a parent to a child born in Mexico. However, the… Read More

How to Get Temporary or Permanent Residency for Spouses and Partners

Residency in Mexico is possible via many routes. In this article, however, we look at temporary and permanent residency for spouses and partners. Its name is residency for family unity (Residencia Por Vinculo Familiar) Residency for spouses and partners You can apply for this if your spouse or partner is… Read More

About the Mexican Consulate Appointment for Permanent and Temporary Residency

If you apply for Mexican residency, you must attend an appointment at a Mexican consulate. In this article, learn how to prepare for it, and what happens during and after your consulate appointment. Making a Mexican Consulate Appointment We advise that you make an appointment at the Mexican consulate that… Read More

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Retiring on the Riviera Maya: Live in More Comfort for Less

Retirement in the US and Canada does not look the same for everyone. Comfortable retirement depends on your location, health and retirement salary. One thing is for sure though: retiring on the Riviera Maya looks good. It can transform a difficult situation in the US and Canada into a pleasant… Read More

How Much Are Mexican Immigration Fees in 2022?

The National Migration Institute (IMN) has updated Mexican immigration fees for 2022. Below we have translated 2022’s fees for your convenience. Remember that some immigration procedures incur two fees, and others, just one. That is, the paperwork can have a cost, as can the issue of a document. Therefore, check… Read More

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Location Location: Should You Move to Playa del Carmen?

Once a fishing village with dirt roads and a few palapa beach bars, Playa del Carmen is now a major worldwide destination for tourism and immigration. Many immigrants from the USA or Canada choose Playa del Carmen as their new home. What makes this Riviera Maya destination so attractive –… Read More

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Mexican 180-Day Allowance for Tourists No Longer the Norm

There have been many reports recently of changes to the standard Mexican 180-day allowance for tourists. Let’s take a closer look. Entering Mexico as a Tourist When entering Mexico as a tourist, you submit an FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple) with details about your visit. An immigration official at your point… Read More

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Can Expats from the US and Canada Get a Permanent Resident Visa in Mexico Straightaway?

The permanent resident visa can be issued to a foreigner who intends to reside indefinitely (forever) in Mexico.   Foreigners granted permanent resident visas have the right to enter and leave Mexico as often as desired. This residency status never expires. They can also bring their personal property into Mexico… Read More

How to Apply for Permanent Residency through a Child Born in Mexico (Family Unity)

If a child is born in Mexico to a non-Mexican parent, it entitles the parent to immediate permanent residency. This residency is granted upon application. In this article we explain how to apply for permanent residency through your Mexican-born child. The Family Union Visa The family union visa is issued… Read More

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What to Do with Your Resident Card When You Leave or Enter Mexico

“When I leave or enter Mexico, should I show my resident card at the airport?” Many clients ask me this, and my answer is always “YES”! You should always bring your passport and resident card when you travel in or out of Mexico. As we approach holiday season, it seems… Read More

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How to Book an Appointment at a Mexican Consulate or Use Mexitel

Making a Consulate Appointment For most Mexican immigration applications it is necessary to make an appointment at a Mexican consulate. Follow the steps below to do that directly with your chosen consulate or via the recently updated Mexitel online appointment service. Direct contact Depending on the Mexican consulate you choose,… Read More

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What Happens If My Mexican Resident Card Is Lost, Stolen or Damaged?

Oh dear! Your Mexican resident card has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. Don’t worry; you can get a new one through the repositioning (reposición) procedure, as long as the card’s still valid. This is also the procedure for lost FMM visitor (tourist) cards.  Note that you do not get… Read More

Frequently Asked Questions About Relocating to Mexico: Part 2

While relocating to Mexico for many is an exciting move, it can also be scary and complicated. Informing yourself as much as possible before immigrating is a great way to prepare well. Therefore, to help make your move a success we have answered more of your Frequently Asked Questions about… Read More

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What to Do If You Have an Emergency and Must Leave Mexico Before Your Residency Is Confirmed?

What to Do if You Have an Emergency and Must Leave Mexico Before Your Residency Is Confirmed? You have an emergency and must leave Mexico. However, your canje, residency renewal or change of condition procedure is still in progress. In this article we explain what to do If you want… Read More

The Playa del Carmen Immigration Office – What You Need to Know

Playa del Carmen Immigration Office or INM Office (Instituto Nacional de Migracion): this is where you will process your residency application, if you are moving there. In this article we tell you all you need to know about the office.  Playa del Carmen Immigration Office Procedures You can process the… Read More

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How to Get Mexican Residency Through a Child or Parent

There are two ways of getting residency in Mexico via family unity. One is through the child/parent connection. The other is the spouse/partner connection. In this article we look at family unity residency through a child or parent. To learn more about residency through a spouse/partner, read our article: How… Read More