There are several steps between getting your Mexican visa at a consulate and receiving your resident card. Read on for a summary. 

Arrival in Mexico

After arriving in Mexico with your new visa, you have 30 days to begin the procedure to obtain your resident card at the INM (immigration office). You will have to complete forms and write a letter of request in Spanish, along with the original and a copy of passport, visa and proof of address in Mexico.

In addition to this, you will have to pay the immigration fees at a Mexican bank. Take two copies of the payment receipt for your paperwork.

Once you have all the documentation in order and have signed it in blue ink, submit it at the INM to begin the canje procedure.

The Canje Procedure

After some weeks (depending on your location), the INM will email to tell you that your procedure was approved. You will then have to go to the INM again to schedule an appointment to provide fingerprints and your photos.

Finally, some days after this appointment you will be able to pick up your resident card. Always remember to bring your passport with you when you visit the INM. And always sign your name in the same way as it appears in your passport.

You’ll find more details on the canje procedure in this article: I Got My Mexican Visa at the Consulate – Now What? The Canje Procedure Explained.

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