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Who needs a Temporary Mexico Resident Visa?

If you want to relocate to Mexico and live there more than six months a year, this is the proper visa for you. The term of the visa is (4) years. First-time applicants receive one year. When the year is up, you have the option to renew for (1), (2), or (3) years.

Temporary Mexico Resident Visa for U.S. Citizens

If you are a U.S. Citizen relocating to Mexico, you should apply for this visa. Temporary Mexico visa status allows you to live in Mexico, up to four years. Since you are a first-time applicant, the visa is valid exclusively for (1) year. When the year is up, you can renew for (1), (2), or (3) years. It is a multiple entry visa, and you don't have to live in Mexico all the time. But you must maintain a Mexico address to keep your Temporary Mexico Residency Status.

How do I qualify for Temporary Mexico Visa?

To qualify for this visa, you need to prove that you have $2,730.00 in the U.S. in retirement income, social security, or pension, or employment. Another option is $45,942.00, U.S., in savings or investments like 401K, IRA.

Steps for Temporary Mexico Resident Visa

Firstly, you apply for the Temporary Mexico Visa in the Mexican Consulate in the U.S. Secondly, the Mexican Consulate issues a Temporary Mexico Visa for six months, like the sample above affixed to your passport. Thirdly, and most importantly, you must exchange the Temporary Mexico Visa for the Temporary Mexico Resident Card within thirty days after the Temporary Mexico Visa is validated and stamped at the Mexico border or airport.

Set foot in Mexico until the visa is approved

You aren't required to be in Mexico until the visa is approved at the Mexican Consulate in the U.S., if your visa is approved, it will be valid for 180 days, and you have all this time to make your move to Mexico. Yes, you probably wonder why only 180 days. I thought it was good for one year. Do not worry you have 180 days to exchange the visa for the actual temporary resident card, valid for one year.

Canje Procedure

Thirty days after you verify the visa at the Mexico border or airport, you must go to the nearest INM Immigration office close to your Mexico residency address and do the CANJE process. What does Canje mean? It means exchange. In other words, you are exchanging your visa for the actual temporary resident card. How does this work? Do I surrender my visa to the (INM) Immigration office and receive the temporary resident card in return? Well, yes, but it is not that sample. It is a process that can be frustrating if you do not know how to fill out the main application and assemble all documents required. Jorge can help you with the entire process.

Other Visa Categories:

Temporary Mexico Visa through retirement or pension income

In other words, If you are a retiree or pensioner and can prove a monthly net income of $2,730.00, U.S. You can apply for this visa. Furthermore, the Mexican Consulate requires six consecutive banks statements to prove income back from the day you apply. In addition, the bank statements must be successive. Otherwise, your petition application can not be accepted. You can also apply through your investments income if you can prove $45,492.00, U.S., per month for twelve consecutive months before applying.
Through Mexican Spouse

Through Temporary or Permanent Mexico Resident Card Holder spouse

Through employment by a Mexican Corporation or Small business

Through Mexico Real Estate Property

Mexico Resident Visa Requirements:

Passport valid for more than six months

Proof of income

Passport photo

Mexico Visa Application

Visa petition letter

Mexico Visa Appointment


What is the cost of a Temporary Mexico Resident Visa? $48.00, U.S.

Where do I apply for Temporary Mexico Resident Visa? In the Mexican Consulates or Embassies in the U.S.

How long is the estimated time of approval for Temporary Mexico Resident Visa in the Mexican consulate? 1 to 10 business days.

How long is the duration of the Temporary Mexico Resident visa? Six months to exchange it for the Temporary Mexico Resident Card.

How long is the Temporary Mexico Resident Card? First-time applicants get 1 - 4 years. It varies from case to case. For example, CANJE procedure is one year.

How much is the Temporary Mexico Resident Card? About $250.00.

What is the difference between a T.R. Mexico Visa and T.R. Mexico Card? It is the same but requires two steps to acquire Temporary Resident Status.

By Jorge Gonzalez Mexico Visa Specialist Ph: 619-512-7537. Email