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Once you relocate to Mexico (or anywhere else), you’ll want to enjoy life there immediately. The last thing you’ll want is to start obtaining documents from a distance for your new country of residence. Therefore, according to our own experience, it is advisable to bring certain papers with you for future procedures. This will save you time and money when the moment to use them comes. We recommend bringing the following documents with you when you move to Mexico.

Documents

Marriage and Birth Certificates

First of all, a ‘must’ is an apostilled or legalized marriage certificate and your birth certificate. 

If one spouse wants to get their residency in Mexico through an already resident partner, they need a marriage certificate.

This procedure is called Residencia Por Vinculo Familiar (Family Union Residency). It can be completed in Mexico, without the need to travel to a Mexican consulate abroad.  

Read more about this procedure here: Requirements to Apply for Temporary or Permanent Residency in Mexico for Family Unity

The birth certificate is for the same procedure, to obtain residency in Mexico for your minor children or parents, via your own resident status. 

Academic Certificates

Next, to study or get a job in Mexico, bring apostilled (or legalized) academic certificates.

What Is an Apostilled Document?

Some countries that have signed the Hague Treaty, such as the USA, require you to apostille your documents. Do this via the Secretary of State of the state where the facts occurred (marriage or birth). 

Other countries that have not signed this treaty, like Canada, require you to legalize your documents at a Mexican consulate, high commission, or embassy in Canada. Canada also offers an authentication mail service. For further details consult the Canadian government website on authentication of documents.

If you do not bring these documents with you, it will be a burden. You will have to travel back to your home town to apostille (or legalize) them. Alternatively, you can do the procedure by post, but you risk losing the documents on the way. 

Conclusion: Before taking up residency in Mexico, apostille/legalize and bring the following documents with you as they may be needed at some point. Otherwise, it is time consuming and expensive when done from a long distance:

  • Marriage certificate.
  • Birth certificates.
  • Academic certificates.

For more information on apostillization: Moving to Mexico: A Look at Apostilles

For a quote or further information on immigration to Mexico, email Adriana Vela at info@immigrationtomexico.mx or call 984 169 5375.