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2021 Financial Requirements for Temporary and Permanent Residency in Mexico

Each year, Mexico increases the financial requirements to obtain either temporary or permanent residency. We have outlined the most commonly asked about residency types and this year’s financial requirements. How is the requirement calculated? There are two different ways that Mexican Consulates and Mexican Immigration offices may determine the financial requirements for residency. Note: Each consulate and office are different. Before you schedule your appointment with your local Mexican Consulate, you should always check the requirements on their website. ✓ Based on the Mexican daily minimum wage ($141.70MXN). OR ✓ Based on the daily UMA (Unidad de Medida y Actualización) rate ($89.62MXN). UMA...

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Renewing Your U.S. Passport While Living Abroad

If you are a U.S. Citizen living abroad, you may need to have your passport renewed. The good news is that you do not need to return to the U.S. to do this. The bad news is that, unlike in the U.S., you will have to request the new passport in person. But, don’t worry, the process is very easy, and the staff at the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Consular Generals, and U.S. Consular Agents make renewing your adult 10-year passport relatively pain free. Please note: While the U.S. Embassy, Consular Generals, and Consular Agents are slowly beginning to resume normal operations...

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Do I Need an Immigration Lawyer?

You may have already discovered that many procedures do not go smoothly in Mexico. There is always a certain amount of frustration and wasted time when you are trying to get anything accomplished;  the immigration process is certainly no different.  Residency visa applications can be a challenging endeavor if you go through the process on your own. It is highly recommended that you hire an experienced immigration lawyer to obtain your residency visa, and save yourself time and aggravation.  The Benefits of an Immigration Lawyer  A lawyer will perform a personalized analysis to determine the best procedure for you, depending on the...

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Residency in Mexico and Abuse of the FMM – Visitor Card

It is relatively common for foreigners to take advantage of the visitor card - FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple) as a way to live in Mexico. Many foreigners are entering as a tourist and staying the 180 days granted to visitors and then leaving the country and returning for another 180 days, rather than applying for a residency permit.  For a few years, there have been rumors that Instituto Nacional de Migración - INM will begin to crack down on this practice and regulate the use of an FMM as a way to live in Mexico. It started with some foreigners receiving...

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Financial Requirements Increase for Residency Visa in Mexico

If you intend to stay in Mexico for more than 180 days, you will want to apply for a residency visa. One way to qualify for a residency visa is through economic solvency.  The new year brings an increase in the daily minimum wage, and with that increase comes new financial requirements for residential visas in Mexico.  The minimum wage will increase to 123.22 pesos a day. Since the visa requirements are based on the minimum wage, this means the criteria for resident visas will also increase. Please check with the Mexican Consulates in your home town area to compare the financial requirements...

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