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5 Ways to Ensure Peace of Mind Living in Mexico

Be Legal Many foreigners do not complete their immigration process and continue to come and go as tourists. This adds extra stress and risk entering Mexico, foreigners who travel to other borders such as Belize may end up paying a bribe to come back into Mexico with another tourist visa. Immigration officers appear at random checkpoints on the highway and other public locations checking for illegal residents. To avoid the anxiety and possible deportation, speak to immigration@mexlaw.com.mx about the benefits of being legal in Mexico. Be Insured It is essential for your peace of mind to have medical insurance; there are first-rate...

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Foreigners Receive Residency in Mexico Under Family Unity

Permanent Residency is granted to individuals who intend to reside in Mexico indefinitely. Approval is based on several qualifications and may be applied for under a few different categories, one being Family Unity. Permanent Residency Visa based on Family Unity offers the opportunity for foreigners with a child born in Mexico to obtain Permanent Residency. Foreigners with a Mexican spouse or select family members can become a Temporary or Permanent Resident without providing financial records or leaving Mexico to begin the procedure. Foreigners may apply for Permanent Residency (Residente Permanente) in Mexico if the foreign applicant is: The parent of a...

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The Constitutional Rights of the LGBT Community in Mexico

Despite the recent “pro-family” marches across Mexico, protesting against same-sex marriage, Mexico continues to move toward marriage equality, and the definition of “Family” to include same-sex couples. Same-sex weddings have been legal in some states of Mexico since 2010. On June 3, 2015, there was a ruling in Mexico's Supreme Court, declaring all states must recognize marriages between same-sex couples. The court ruled in a decision published on 19 June that laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman were unconstitutional. On 17 May 2016, President Nieto announced he had signed an initiative to amend the Mexican Constitution, to acknowledge as a...

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Time is Running Out For Americans Living in Mexico to Make Their Vote Count

US citizens 18 years or older who reside in Mexico are eligible to vote in the US elections. Living in a foreign country can make voting a challenge, but there is a way to have your say, find out how. According to the US Consulate in Playa del Carmen and the FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program) website you still have time to register your vote by sending a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).   Many states will allow you to submit your form electronically, there may not be ample time for regular mail delivery at this point in the election. Go to the...

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10 Things You Need to Know About Your Temporary Visa in Mexico

The Immigration Specialist at MEXLAW shares some important facts to keep in mind, during and after your immigration process. Temporary Resident Visa is intended for people who wish to reside in Mexico for more than 180 days but not longer than four years.  The visa is approved for one year, and renewed for 1 to 3 years. After four years maximum, you must apply for a Permanent Residence Visa if you wish to stay in Mexico. Once you have been approved for your Temporary Residence Visa you will present the sticker in your passport to Immigration upon arrival in Mexico;...

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Cautionary Advice About Ejido Land For Foreigners Looking To Invest In Mexico

You may hear of foreigners having issues with their Mexican property; chances are the property they purchased belonged to Ejido. Ejido (pronounced eh-hee-dough) was a product of the Mexican Revolution of 1910; it is a collective communal organization, and the land was lent to the people to use for farming and raising their families but remains owned by the government and regulated by Agrarian Law. One of the primary objectives was to break up large stretches of privately owned land, into smaller lots, return the land to the people and ensure poor farmers had property to work. These parcels of land...

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Our Favorite Top 10 Reasons to Retire in Mexico

There are many top 10 lists on why you should retire in Mexico, but the truth is there are too many reasons to list. It is paradise, plain and simple, but what other benefits are there to retiring in Mexico? Here are some of our favorites: In the Riviera Maya, we need to mention the Caribbean ocean with the world's most beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise water, along with warm weather all year around, these factors will affect your ability to slow down and relax.  Mexico is close to home; it is within close proximity to Canada and the...

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Signing a Rental Contract in Quintana Roo

Although there are laws in place to protect tenants and property owners, Mexican rental agreements have few regulations, allowing a rental contract to be somewhat open to negotiation between the landlord and the tenant. Once you have agreed on a price and duration of the rental agreement, you should have a contract drawn up with the owner or their representative. It is not necessary to have the agreement notarized as it is a legal document if the tenant and the landlord have signed the contract. A rental agreement is a private legal contract, and it will grant the temporary tenant use of...

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Can the Mexican Government Seize my Property?

The most common fear we hear from foreigners interested in buying property in Mexico is, Can the government take my property? There are stories in the news about foreigners investing in Mexican real estate to later have it taken from them with no recourse. Using a Mexican lawyer during your real estate purchase will guarantee you title on the property, making it virtually impossible for someone to seize your home. Ejido Land The ejido is property which Mexican Nationals are given the right to use by the government for living and working, typically farming.  Do not buy Ejido land, you may be offered...

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The Roles of The Notario Publico and The Lawyer in Mexican Real Estate

Canadian or American notary public is a public officer who is licensed to serve the public in non-contentious affairs and whose principal duties are to witness and authenticate certain documents, also known as notarization. A Notary may take testimony, affidavits, administer oaths, deal with matters concerning estates and perform other official acts depending on the jurisdiction. The term of notary public refers to common-law notaries. The Difference between a Notary Public and a Notario Publico in Mexico is that the Notary in Mexico is an experienced lawyer who has been selected and appointed by the Mexican state after practicing law, completing...

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