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Guide on how to obtain a Residency Visa in Mexico for foreigners.

Posted by AmorTulum on 27 de February de 2023
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Guide on how to obtain a Residency Visa in Mexico for foreigners.

If you want to move to Mexico and stay for an extended period of time, you will need a temporary residency. In this post, we will give you a step-by-step guide on how to obtain it. :

For those who wish to obtain a temporary residency in Mexico, the first step is to apply for the Temporary Residency Visa (Visa de Residencia Temporaria, in English). This visa is granted to those foreigners who wish to reside in Mexico for a determined period of time, generally one year.

First, it is important to note that there are two types of residency in Mexico: non-immigrant and immigrant. Non-immigrant residency permits foreigners to stay in the country for up to 180 days, while temporary immigrant residency visas allow foreigners to live and work in Mexico indefinitely (SRE).

Before applying for your visa, make sure you meet the requirements. To obtain a temporary residency, you will need to apply for an immigrant visa at the nearest Mexican consulate. The process can take several months, so it is important to start early.

Once you have your temporary immigrant residency, you will need to register with the National Immigration Institute (INM) and obtain a green card. You will also need to present proof of health insurance and an income tax payment receipt when you apply for the residency card.

What to consider if you wish to obtain a temporary residency visa

It is important to consider that if you wish to obtain a temporary residency visa in Mexico, you will have to take into account the requirements and processes that must be followed to obtain it. If the intention is to stay in Mexico for more than 180 days and less than 4 years, it is mandatory to apply for a Temporary Residency visa, complying with the specific requirements requested by the Consul.

These requirements include presenting

  • a passport
  • a photograph
  • Economic solvency
  • payment of the corresponding fees.

In addition, the applicant must demonstrate that he/she has a family relationship, is a retiree or pensioner, or is the spouse, concubine or common-law spouse of a Mexican national or foreigner with Permanent Resident status or holder of a Permanent Resident visa.

The first thing to do is to request an appointment for the application.

Step 1: First, we must gather all the necessary documents for the residency application, including the homologation of marriage, civil registration certificates, list of passports and DNI, and the application form.

Step 2: Once the documents are gathered, we must create an account in MEXITEL to request an appointment.

Step 3: Then we must log in again to the MEXITEL page to complete the form based on where they are located.

Step 4: The next step is to choose a date for an appointment on the calendar.

Step 5: Then, we must send an email to consuladoarg@sre.gob.mx with the copy of the appointment along with the necessary documentation. This will allow us to pre-review the application.

Step 6: If you wish to cancel the appointment, you are asked to inform consuladoarg@sre.gob.mx in advance.

Step 7: On the day of your appointment, you must present all original documents and photograph and photocopies on A4 sheet unbuttoned. No erasures, blurred or corrected papers are allowed.

Step 8: The passport application must include all information sheets and photographs, including the cover. The identity document must be valid and current.

Step 9: The application form must be downloaded, printed on both sides of the page and completed by hand prior to the day of your appointment.

Step 10: The photograph must have the face visible, without glasses, in color, with a white background and front view of 32.0 millimeters x 26 millimeters and a maximum of 39.0 millimeters x 31.0 millimeters.

Step 11: We must include a copy of the Unique Processing Number through the NUT system.

Step 12: It is suggested to attend the appointment with copies of the job offer letter and documents proving the reason for hiring (Diplomas, Certificates, academic degree, professional CV, photos, etc.).

Step 13: If the application is accepted, wait 10/15 days to return to the office with 3 photographs (2 front and one profile) for fingerprinting and payment.

You may also consider Calling the consulate office to make the appointment.

The consulate office to make an appointment to stay in Mexico is called MEXITEL. To request the appointment, you must first create an account on MEXITEL and then confirm it from your email with the confirmation email. Then you have to log back in to the same website and complete the form to find an appointment based on where you are. Once they get the appointment, they need to send an email to consuladoarg@sre.go.mx with the copy of the appointment along with the documentation they need. Finally, it is necessary to go to the office with the documentation listed above.

What other documents are required for your application

To submit an application for residency in Mexico, the following documents are required:

-Additional documentation: copy of the job offer letter and documents proving the reason for hiring (Diplomas, Certificates, academic degree, professional CV Photos, etc.), as they might be required during the consular interview.

-Multiple Migratory Form (FMM): valid and current.

-Documentation submitted to the consulate for the application.

-Application for migratory procedure of stay.

-Official letter of motives with the corresponding format.

-Documentation of domicile in Mexico: rental contract and utility bill.

-Photocopies of all the above.

To pay the cost of the visa

To obtain the visa to work in Mexico legally, the corresponding payment must be made. The cost as of June 2021 is USD 44 (work visa for more than 180 days). This information can be found on the official website.

Steps to make the visa payment:

1. Make an appointment to apply for your visa with the Mexican consulate.

2. The consulate will ask you for the necessary documents to verify your identity and background.

3. Photos and fingerprints will be taken to complete the process.

4. Go to the bank to make the visa payment. The cost is USD 35 per person.

5. Once paid, take the stamped proof of payment to the consulate to obtain your passport with the visa.

6. You can also have your passport with visa or refusal letter sent to your private or work address. To do so, provide a prepaid DHL shipping label.

7. You will be responsible for the shipping costs.

8. Review all the documentation to be provided to avoid having to come back another day.

9. Bring the original documents with you so that the consul can check them.

10. Finally, go to pick up your passport with your visa.

Contact

To obtain a residency visa in Mexico, you will need to contact the Mexican Immigration Department for more information. Here are some step-by-step instructions that may help you in your process:

1. Visit the Mexico Immigration website for information on residency visa requirements.

2. If you meet the requirements, you can apply for a residency visa online.

If you wish to apply for the visa in person, you can visit an immigration office for more information.

4. If you need help with the application process, you can contact the Mexican Immigration Department through their contact page or by calling 01 (800) 833-8405.

You got it! A complete guide to obtaining a residency visa in Mexico as a foreigner. We hope this guide has been helpful in getting you started on your journey. Remember to stay organized, be prepared and most importantly, enjoy your new home!

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