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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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Temporary Residency in Mexico – What is Your Expiration Date?

The first Temporary Resident Visa is typically granted for one year; once your first visa is up for renewal, you may renew for 1,2, or 3 years. At the end of the 3rd year, you will apply for permanent residence, which does not expire.  As a temporary resident holder, it is imperative to be aware of your expiry date. Allowing a resident visa to expire will void your status in Mexico, and you will need to initiate the process from scratch at a Mexican Consulate abroad. When can I begin the renewal process of my temporary visa? Within 30 days before the visa’s...

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Mistakes That Will Cost You Your Residency in Mexico

We receive many inquiries from foreigners who have accidentally canceled their residency visas because they are unaware or did not follow the proper procedure when leaving and entering Mexico. These mistakes will result in having to initiate the residency process again and possibly explaining to INM why you attempted to mislead them.   It is essential to understand the procedure for entering and exiting Mexico when you are in the middle of a residency procedure. As well, you must follow the proper steps if you hold a residency visa.  If you must leave Mexico before your residency process is complete, you need to...

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