There are several ways of obtaining temporary or permanent residency in Mexico. If you don’t have any Mexican born relatives in your immediate family or immediate family members who are holders of resident cards in Mexico, this is what you have to do.

Mexico Immigration Requirements

The first step to Mexican residency, either temporary or permanent, is to apply through a Mexican consulate in your home country.

First, you need to read the consulate’s website to check their requirements. All consulates have different requirements, and sometimes they are misleading, or their websites are not updated. To double-check, contact them by email, phone, or in person.

The consulate will give you all the information you need related to your situation and let you know what documentation is required by that consulate.

Permanent Resident Visa and Temporary Resident Visa Mexico Questions

Some people ask the following questions frequently, and we have the answers to make it easier to navigate the Mexican visa requirements: 

Q: Is it difficult to get a Mexican visa in a consulate?

A: It all depends on the Mexican consulate that you are going to work with. It is advisable to apply at a consulate that is located in your home country. 

Q: What other requirements do I need to fulfill before my consulate appointment? 

A: Usually, in the US and Canada, there are financial requirements that need to be fulfilled. You may bring investment or saving-accounts statements to show financial solvency. If not, you can show bank statements or pay stubs if you receive a salary or a pension.

You can also apply as an investor if you have a property or a business in Mexico. Amounts again vary according to each consulate.

Q: How long will the interview last for my Mexico residency visa? 

A: The initial interview at the consulate of your choice could take 15 to 20 minutes, or even less depending on what questions the consulate may have for you. The interviews are typically standard, and you’ll receive a visa in your passport that can bring you one step closer to a Mexico permanent resident card or a temporary resident card.

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