Mexico visa for expats: I was granted a 4-year temporary residency status!

This temporary resident visa Mexico guide is NOT ONLY for American citizens and all nationalities. The resident visa requirements do not vary by citizenship but by consulate. Here’s my experience, and let me know if you want me to connect you to my attorney!

📬 Hi Trisha! I saw your post about a non-lucrative visa in Mexico but I also saw on Instagram that you were granted a 4-year Mexico visa? I don’t know what this new rule about the temporary resident visa Mexico about. Can you please explain further? I cannot find anything on the Internet about it. I am from Texas but am currently in Mexico with a tourist visa. Thank you.

– Stephen Sanchez, USA

Hi Stephen,

Sorry for sharing those Instagram stories without clarifying! And thanks for writing to me! This blog thrives on reader questions so it’s really great to hear from you.

This visa program is new, so remember that the date on your entry card is really important.

Anyway, I will give you all the information you need, together with my experience applying for this visa type.

If you have additional questions, feel free to message me on Instagram or use the contact page of this blog! Best of luck!


🗒️ Temporary resident visa 2023: quick notes

  • This article is about Mexico’s regularization program. Only those who have expired tourist visas are allowed to apply for this visa type. If you wish to apply for a temporary resident visa in Mexico (non lucrative-visa), read this post instead.
  • As of 2023, the only immigration offices in Mexico that allow this process in Mexico City and Playa del Carmen (based on what I know from my attorney).
  • There are many types of Mexico residency visa, so check which one is right for you.
  • This page is updated by my attorney and I every year so save it for updates or follow my Mexico website.
  • Need a lawyer’s help for your visa processing? You can connect with my attorney here.

✅ Mexico visa qualifications (for regularization)

Before anything else, please check if you are qualified for this program. Each INM has a different requirement so the first thing you need to do is to find out which INM offices in Mexico are doing the regularization program.

When checking in each INM you are in, use the word “regularizacion” in Spanish and they will understand what you mean.

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2023: I moved to Baja California and did a 3-week road trip from Los Cabos to Tijuana (and back)!!! Proud to say I now know Baja in and out!

If you don’t speak Spanish, I can connect you to my lawyer so she can find out if the area you are in in Mexico is doing the program. I know for sure that INMs in Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, and Queretaro are doing it.

When I applied this in March, only those who entered Mexico in 2019 are allowed to apply. Now they have changed the rules. As long as you have an expired tourist visa, you are qualified to apply for Mexico’s regularization program.

🛂 INM offices in Mexico that offer this program

At the beginning, the regularization program was only being done in select INMs. From July this year, they opened it to all the INMs all over Mexico but they still have different requirements. Here are the requirements in each INMs that I know of:

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My quality of life in Mexico is definitely better for a cheaper price than in the US and Europe.
  • Puerto Vallarta: must have an expired tourist visa with proof that you entered Mexico before December 31, 2019. You also need to bring two witnesses to certify that you were already in Mexico on these dates.
  • Nuevo Vallarta: must have an expired tourist visa with proof that you entered Mexico not later than June 2019. Which I feel is ridiculous because that was even before COVID. I think they are doing this for tourists who were here for 10 years and with an expired visa. Yes, I actually know many Americans who are here on an expired visa for decades!
  • Queretaro: they are not very strict with dates there. As long as your visa is expired, you can apply for the regularization program. 
  • Mazatlan: I have two friends who recently went to Mazatlan and they said that they are not asking for financial proof. You are good to go as long as you have an expired tourist card!
  • Cancun: Cancun is also offering the regularization program but I heard they are charging crazy costs. My lawyer is actually living in Playa del Carmen and can give more info. Feel free to e-mail me or send a message on Instagram and I’ll connect you with her!

If you are willing to fly to these three areas in order to obtain your visa, then feel free to do so. But you have to have an address in these areas which the lawyer can also provide for you.

I live in PV so you can also use my address but let me check with my lawyer about the legalities of that.

It’s pretty hard to explain the equivalent in English as you will mostly see Spanish results about this type of visa but in easy saying, the regularization program is like a visa for humanitarian reasons – meaning, you are stuck in Mexico for a reason.

In my case, that was COVID. If you have this expired tourist visa card, then you are good to go!

⚖️ Mexico visa attorney: do you need it?

Many people told me that hiring a lawyer is not necessary but it’s way easier to hire a lawyer since you don’t have to do anything. They will take care of it.

Mexican immigration lawyers also don’t cost a lot. For the hassle and time, they will save me, I’d rather pay extra than do it all myself.

Sometimes, if you don’t speak Spanish, it will definitely be more challenging even if all immigration officers can speak English. Some things are just not explained well.

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New post coming soon: how to get married in Mexico if you are both foreigners and have no Mexican citizenship.

Just to clarify, you can process your own visa in Mexico (any type) without the help of a lawyer — it is not required. INM will definitely accept your application if you do it on your own.

It’s really up to you! I have three different lawyers in Mexico so if you want me to connect you with them, just send me an e-mail and I will give their contact details to you.

⚖️ Need a Mexican lawyer to help you with your visa? Get in touch with my Mexican immigration lawyer! She’s helped me and many of my friends and family get a residency visa in Mexico.

Doubtful about the lawyer credentials?

In Mexico, there are many lawyers who have stellar profiles on Facebook but from living here, I learned that I should not trust those people especially if I have not met them in person.

Another thing I did was to call my Mexican lawyer friends and do a little intel. I gave the lawyer’s name to my friend and he certified that this is a real lawyer. Thank God for Spanish-speaking skills!

2 days before I was about to go to Queretaro, my lawyer in Puerto Vallarta called and said they opened the regularization program in INM PV. I was like, are you kidding me?!

I already bought my bus ticket to Queretaro which wasn’t really a lot ($60 USD) but I’d rather do my visa back home as opposed to traveling 10 hours for it.

I immediately called the lawyer in Queretaro and said that the program is now open in Puerto Vallarta so I will not push through my travel.

After which, I talked to my lawyer in Puerto Vallarta and told her that I need to get this done ASAP.

🇲🇽 Temporary resident visa Mexico: a step-by-step guide

In 2018, like always, I came to Mexico without any plans of staying full-time. I always travel long-term but I never thought of living somewhere… until COVID happened.

I sort of panicked and found myself stuck in Mexico, which is not a bad country to be stuck in as everything is pretty normal here.

Still, I didn’t think of applying for a temporary resident visa Mexico because I thought COVID will be yesterday’s subject in a few month’s time.

But it didn’t… COVID, as it turns out, will be a part of us for a long time.

This is my first time applying for a residency visa anywhere. As a digital nomad for over 10 years who can go anywhere I like, I never had to think about these types of visas. I simply go in and out. That’s it.

Mexico has a generous 180-tourist visa so that’s enough time for me to plan a border run. But times have changed and got in other countries has become more difficult.

Believe me, it’s not that easy anymore. I needed to be stable somewhere and I feel so privileged that I am in Mexico at this time.

I have been living in Mexico since 2018 on a tourist visa. As my job requires me to travel a lot, it’s very easy for me to renew my tourist visa. They also don’t give you too much shit about going in and out. This country definitely loves tourists.

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Year 5 in Mexico and I am now living in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur.

In 2019, I decided to process my Mexico digital nomad visa, the non-lucrative visa. If you are not in Mexico yet, this is probably the better visa type for you.

Anyway, this visa requires you to apply in a Mexican consulate outside Mexico (either in your home country or anywhere, really).

In my case, I booked an appointment at the Mexican Consulate in San Jose, Costa Rica. I got the confirmation right away since I hired a lawyer to process my visa.

My appointment was moved three times the same as my flight tickets to Costa Rica have been rebooked three times. I kept pushing to get it over with because my tourist visa is already expired for 7 months, meaning I was staying in Mexico illegally.

My lawyer said that’s not really “illegal” since it’s COVID and it’s not only me who cannot go back to my country because of the pandemic. There were many of us and INM was pretty lenient about it.

They know that there are lots of illegal tourists but they are not doing the sweep as they would normally do.

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Mini vacations in my neighboring town, Punta Mita.

I was so uncomfortable to be illegal but my lawyer said that everything is fine and that I need to wait it out until my interview for the consulate has been approved 100%.

That’s the thing – because of COVID, consulate offices all over the world kept opening and closing. As I need to leave Mexico in order to do my temporary resident visa, I need to be 100% that I will be interviewed.

In 2020, that was really impossible to know ahead of time.

Introducing the new regularization program 2021

As my lawyer advised… sit it out. And that’s what I did. Not to mention I already paid a lot of lawyer fees but still no visa.

On March 17, 2021, I received information from a friend in Mexico City about the new regularization program that the Mexican government launched.

My tourist visa expired in June 2020 so this was good news to me. I needed to get rid of this discomfort that I have for being “illegal” even though my lawyer will take care of me when shit goes down.

This program was first offered in INM Queretaro

At the time, it was only available in INM Queretaro so I have to go there in order to investigate how to apply. I immediately booked a bus ticket to Queretaro which is a 10-hour ride from my home in Puerto Vallarta.

They were only doing it weekly (every Friday) so I needed to act fast. Knowing Mexico, this new regularization program may be temporary – they can cancel this anytime.

I talked to friends in other states like Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, and Mexico. They told me that at the time, only INM Queretaro is doing that program so I had no choice to go all the way to Qro.

So, I went for it. I speak fluent Spanish so there’s no harm in trying. The lawyer also wanted to meet in INM Queretaro so that’s pretty safe.

If he asked me to meet in a sketchy area, then I will be very doubtful about the legitimacy of this visa processing.

Temporary resident visa Mexico: regularization requirements

When I first received the requirements, it was all too good to be true. They were only asking for the following:

  • an expired tourist visa
  • visa payment: $9,000+ MXN for a 4-year visa, $7,000 MXN for 3 years, $5,000 for 2 years, and $3,000 for one year
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INM office in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.

I was like, “that’s it?! Are you kidding me?! Even my housemate Claire (from the UK) who went through the traditional temporary resident visa processing last year was shocked as the normal/traditional one is super tedious and rather costly.

Okay, this sounds sketchy and I don’t really know anyone who has actually done it. So what I did was investigate further and found out from friends, blogger groups, and Facebook groups that the 2021 regularization program of INM is legit.

The lawyer in Queretaro also asked me to deposit a downpayment and when I went to the bank, my bank certified that it is a real bank account of the INM.

Meaning, everything is clean. Mexico has a lot of under-the-table transactions so I had to make sure this was legit. And it was for real.

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Timeline of applying for a temporary resident visa Mexico

Because of COVID, the traditional visa application for temporary residency in Mexico can take up to 3 months. It’s not really a hassle once you are done with your interview outside of Mexico.

You can definitely come here and wait until your residency card is ready. But it will take a while. Under the regularization program, everything was pretty fast. Here’s the timeline with exact dates:

Day 1: Documents required received from lawyer

My lawyer in Puerto Vallarta informed me that both Nuevo and Puerto Vallarta INMs opened the new regularization program. I searched for my expired tourist visa which took me hours!

I thought I already put it in the bin or my dogs ate it. Thank God I found it in my docs folder! Make sure you have this as this is very essential in applying for your visa.

  • Passport photo (sent via Whatsapp)
  • Expired Residency Card/FMM photo (sent via Whatsapp)
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Number of children
  • Marital status
  • Religion
  • Maximum level of studies
  • If you have any scars, tattoos or moles, only if those are very obvious
  • Residence country before México, state, county and city
  • Main activity on your residence country, as well as an estimated of your monthly income in Mexican pesos
  • Your address in Puerto Vallarta
  • Email address

The lawyer will need all of this to print the documents needed for your visa application. Make sure this is complete before you meet him/her for the signing.

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Day 2: Hand over the requirements once completed

I went to my lawyer’s office to give her my passport and my expired tourist card. She also asked for a downpayment of 1,400 MXN in cash which is $70 USD. I left all my documents to her and she asked me to sign a lot of paperwork.

When I arrived, everything was already printed as I already gave her my information 2 days ago. My lawyer is really awesome and she is so diligent! It was a bit tiring to sign a lot of documents though.

Your signature in your passport should match all the signatures in your application documents.

After I signed all the documents, I went home and that same day, my lawyer brought them to the INM in Puerto Vallarta to proceed with the application.

After the docs are received by the INM, they instantly gave my lawyer an interview date for me. My lawyer immediately informed me that my interview will be in a week and that I need to bring two witnesses to my interview.

Day 3: Interview

I went to INM Puerto Vallarta for my interview, together with my two witnesses. The witnesses should be a Mexican resident or a foreigner who’s a permanent/temporary resident.

I brought a Mexican friend and another friend from the UK who has a working visa. The reason why they are asking you to bring a witness is that these two people can certify that you were in the country on the date on your tourist card.

Apparently, there are a lot of people buying fake tourist cards in order to qualify for the regularization program. It’s really way easier than the traditional application so I’m sure that many foreigners are currently looking to buy expired tourist visas.

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My overstay fee was $3,899 MXN = $192 USD (calculated from June 2020 to March 2021).

My appointment was set at 12:00 pm and I was surprised that everything was on time. We were asked to wait a few minutes (COVID protocols) then one by one, we’re called inside to sign documents. We weren’t interviewed.

I also asked my friends what the immigration officer asked them and they said nothing. They literally signed a (sworn) document and that’s it! We were free to go.

On this day, I was also asked to pay the visa fee of 9,000 MXN ($455 USD). I asked for a 4-year visa since I don’t want to think about it in the next few years.

It’s better this way because, after this 4-year visa, you can automatically apply for a permanent visa that does not expire. Unfortunately, they only accept cash.

In the INM, there is also a table that will compute your overstay fee. My visa expired on June 15, 2020, and I applied for the resident visa on March 30, 2021.

They charged me a total of $3,899 MXN ($197 USD). This price will depend on the date and expiry of your tourist card. The lawyer fee will be paid when you pick up your visa after 7 working days.

Day 6: Get your temporary resident visa Mexico

My lawyer does not have an idea on the exact date of when my resident card will be available so I told her to just call me anytime and I will be there.

She called me at 9:00 in the morning and said that my visa is available for pick-up at noon. I went, signed a few documents, and voila! I got my 4-year temporary residency visa just like that!

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As a temporary visa resident holder, I can also get a permanent driving license in Mexico.

The immigration officer also told me that I need to submit a document every time I am changing my address or moving to another state in Mexico. The lawyer told me that it was easy and I can do it with her.

I was also informed that I need to sign a form at the INM in the airport if I am going out of the country. I will update this post when I get to experience going out of Mexico with a residency card. I am leaving for Turkey in 5 days!

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  1. Hi Trisha! I’m from Baja California and I’m also considering to get a temporary or permanent resident visa here. Can you connect me with your immigration lawyer?

    1. @Trisha Velarmino, can you please send me the contacts of the lawyers in the states where you don’t have to have entered the country before 2020 and preferably don’t need your financial proof either?

  2. Hi Trisha, thank you so much for the detailed information. I would love to have the information for the three lawyers. I would be willing to go to Queretaro with the attorney that you mentioned. Ps…I couldnt find an email for you and so hence the comment. Thank you, Jasmine

      1. Hi Trisha, great and very informative post! I am currently living in PV and would like to apply for my 4 year temporary residency visa when my tourist visa expires next month. Can you please provide me with the lawyer’s information and contact that you used here in PV? Also, what was her total fee for assisting you through the process? Thank you so much! Brock

        1. Hi Brock, thanks for reaching out! I used to live in PV before moving to Cabo. I am sure you are going to love it! I just e-mailed you the info. Let me know if you need anything else!

  3. Hi Trisha. Great post! My tourist visa expired about nine months ago and I’m interested in obtaining temporary residency. Could you put me in touch with your lawyer? Thank you very much.

    1. @Shea Schellenberg, FYI for anyone else in this situation on the governments website it says you need an expired document however you cannot apply if it is expired past 60 days. Very important side note.

  4. Hi Trisha,
    Can I get more information and maybe can connect me with your lawyer. I wouldn’t mind to go the Queretaro if need be. I don’t have an email for you. Would you kindly get back to me.

  5. Hi Trisha!

    Great article! I’d be interested in receiving the contact info of your lawyers, specifically the Queretaro-based ones 🙂
    Many thanks!

  6. Wow, an amazing deal! And great article! First, i thought it cost 9,000 american dollars :)) i couldn’t understand why you were so happy about it :))) wow, really awesome, so happy for you! I have a question, I’m in Europe right now, I’m an american and want to move to PV. The visa rules I’ve known – 1 year temp residency application, need to show around 30,000 US dollars on the account. Are there new rules – to apply for 4 years? and how much – financial proof – they ask during the interview? if you know some details about or can give me your lawyer’s contact info – I highly appreciate! have a great summer!

    1. Hey Kate, if you’re talking about the non-lucrativo which is the digital nomad visa, I did that too. I just needed to prove I was earning $1,200 USD per month with 6-months to 1 year proof on the bank. If you don’t have that proof, you can simply throw in $27,000 USD and that will do. I just e-mailed you and connected you to the lawyer. Good luck!

  7. Hey Trish! Would love to get a lawyer recommendation for Querétaro for the regularización temp visa, thanks!

  8. Hey Trisha, very useful information for those of us in a similar situation! If you have the contact of the lawyer in Queretaro it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

  9. Hi Trisha!
    Great article and thanks for sharing! I am also seriously considering applying for Temporary Residence in Mexico. My FMM card is still valid because I entered at the end of April this year. Does the new TP program in PV apply to me while I still have a valid FMM card? Does your lawyer speak English? IF so, would you please connect me with her? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Caroline! I don’t think you qualify in Puerto Vallarta because they only accept entry from 2019. You can do it in Mexico City though. If you send me an e-mail, I can connect you with the lawyer. My e-mail is trisha[at]psimonmyway[dot]com.

      1. Hi, I just wanted to share that you just require an expired visa. No requirement in entering in 2019 anymore. I just completed mine. As long as the program is still open and they feel your reason is valid they will approve it. It may end though the end of this year.

        1. Hey Christina, yes I heard that too! But it’s still different for every INM so I am just sharing my experience during the initial application. I should update the post soon with that info!

  10. Hi my girlfriend is in Davao City, I want her to come to Mexico in Cancun, I’m a Mexican citizen, and Canadian citizen, now retire, living in Canada for the summers and Cancun for the winters, I’d apply for my girlfriend for a Canadian tourist visa, but it was denied, we’re now thinking to appy for a Mexican tourist visa and eventually get a 4 year visa, in Mexico, she resides in Davao City, I’m now in Canada untill The end of October, then be back in Mexico for the winter, what wold be the best way for her to meet me in Cancun where I’ll reside for 6 months.
    Thank you.
    Carlos Perales.

  11. Hola Trisha,

    Me puede enviar los datos de su abogado en Queretaro por fav? Si lo que trata en su articulo todavia es valido. Gracias

  12. Hey Trisha,
    Thank you for sharing such information

    I was able to book an appointment with Mexican Embassy finally at next week in order to obtain Temporary Resident Visa without NUT based on my Economic Solvency
    I am afraid about this NUT because while scheduling an appointment, it asked whether I would like to go with NUT or without
    Could you pls throw some light about this NUT as I really don’t understand , also is it mandatory requirement to obtain TRV
    Thank you in advance

    1. Hi Rishi! There are 2 posts about temporary resident visa Mexico in my blog. This is one of them (regularization program 20201) and the other is the non-lucrative visa for Mexico. The non-lucrative visa is for digital nomad, remote workers, or anyone who can prove they are working for a company outside of Mexico (or freelancing).

      The NUT is only for people who are going to work for a Mexican company or if you want to do renumerated activities in Mexico. The non-lucrative visa does not allow you to work for anyone else within Mexico even if it’s a US company. As long as the foreign business is registered in the Mexico, you can’t work for them without the NUT.

      Not sure what your circumstance is and why are you applying for a NUT. Aren’t you a digital nomad?

  13. Hey Trisha!
    What a useful blog post! 🙂 I entered Mexico in Oct 2019 and my 2nd 180 days visa expired and I didn’t leave the country due to border closures. Eventually I was able to renew my visa after a few months of delay with no problems, eventually leaving to Guatemala before the end of the next 180 . I’d love to apply for a 4 year card. Do you think I’m still eligible as i’ve left and did eventually renew my visa? Thanks a lot!

    1. Hey Michael, each INM offices have different rules of entry dates/years so that’s all you need to check. Note that not all INM offices offer this program. Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta INM only accepts expired visas but entered in 2019. In my case, I was qualified for this program since I entered December 2019 and my visa expired in June 2020.

      Mexico City and Queretaro INM’s accept those who entered anytime between January – May 2020. It’s still very unclear but I know for sure that you won’t be qualified here if you entered in 2021.

      If you’re not qualified for this visa type, you can do the traditional Mexico non-lucrative visa application for digital nomads, remote workers, or anyone who can prove they are earning from a company outside of Mexico.

      I can connect you with the lawyer if you need – just let me know! Good luck!

      1. I have been a “tourist resident” for four years and would like to apply for temporary residency.
        I would like to have the information on the regularization or amnesty requirements.

  14. Hi Trisha ,
    Can I ask you something on how I can apply a 4 year residency visa for Mexico ,what would be the requirements needed to be ,thank you in advance.

  15. Hi Trisha,
    Can you refer me to the lawyer in PV that facilitated your 4-yr resident visa. I am in the process of doing this as well. Thanks.

  16. Hey Trish,

    Like everyone else, I too am interested in getting regularized. Please put me in touch with your lawyer that might be able to help me.


  17. Hi Trisha,
    Thank you so much for this blog post! I wish I knew about this earlier! My visa expired on March 20, 2021. I had already been given an extension in Sept 2020 when my previous one had expired because they cancelled my flight to Canada indefinitely. I have pets so I can only fly direct. I though I would be going back before this visa ended but then more craziness in Canada and still no direct flights till now. I was here in 2019 and went on vacation on March 11 to the U.K. Yes the same day the pandemic started! I came back here March 27, 2021 because I have pets, and planned to return to Canada, but that has not been possible. I am in P.V. also and I just yesterday saw mention of this opportunity in the PV Canadian Facebook group, to apply for a temporary residency card. I hope I can qualify! I am not sure if you posted how much are the lawyer fees. Can you give a rough idea as I am sure it will vary by lawyer? I did apply at INM here myself, with limited Spanish to have the tourist visa extended. At that time I did ask what if this continues and they said, no you will have to leaeve no more extensions. So, that is why I never went again. Looks like there were so many, especially Canadians here in the same position because of Canada’s restrictions etc. I would prefer to do it on my own though if the lawyer fees are reasonable I can go that route. Thanks again for sharing this as many I am sure do not have a clue about this!

  18. Hi Trisha, Do you know if the INM regularization program is on in Cancun? Also are they concerned about the date entry?

    1. They don’t offer it in Cancun the last time I heard because they lack manpower. The INM in Cancun is one of the busiest in Mexico so I guess they’re too lazy to process visas like this there. HAHAHA! I can call a friend but I am 100% sure they are not doing it there.

  19. Hi Trisha, thank you so much for this post. I am currently in the UK wondering if I need to prepare and go to the local Mexican embassy to apply for the visa, or if I can just show up on a tourist visa and apply for the nomad or 4 year visa like you did from Mexico? Do you have a good lawyer you can recoommend?

  20. Hi Trisha, thank you so much for this post! I already got my temporary resident visa and am planning to go to Mexico City for the resident card. Would you connect me to your laywer? Thank you!

  21. Hi Trisha

    So I am in Guadalajara and my 6 month FMM just expired. I came in January 2021. What option do I have to extend or apply for temporary residency? From your previous replies I do not think I qualify for the regularization?

    1. Hey Geoff, I don’t think you qualify if you entered in 2021 but you can just try the normal residency visa application. You can read the article here but you need to do it outside of Mexico. That’s the part that sucks. Are you going to live here full-time?

      1. Hi Trish, thanks yes I hope to stay, but want to be legal and not sure how to go about it. Is going outside of Mexico the only way, could I renew the FMM at all or can I only do that by leaving the country? And what happens if I arrive at the airport with expired FMM to fly out, is it just a fine, and will they let me back in with a new FMM?

  22. Hi Trish,
    I am planning to relocate to Mexico with my family either to PV or Merida. Which area is good and safe for families also accessibility to schools? Also, can your lawyer assist on temporary residence visa processing while outside Mexico? if so, I’d like to connect. We are in Manila. I appreciate your advise.

    Thanks in advance.

    Kind regards,

  23. Hi Trisha,

    I’m planning to relocate to Mexico with the same visa like yours. It’s been a messy process on my end at the moment and I would like to connect with you and potentially get some recommendation from you on getting the right lawyer too.

    I hope to hear from you soon!


  24. Hi Trish,
    thanks so much for your informative post. My husband and I are in Guadalajara now and our visas expire Jan 4. We are familiar with Queretaro as we lived there for 3 months, 2 years ago, so we would like to contact a lawyer there. Can you please email us back? thanks so much

  25. Hello! I’m so glad I found your post/blog! I have been in the process of trying to buy my dream home near PV, but from Texas … during COVID. In order to get financing, I need a temporary residence visa and CURP. I qualify and can make an appointment at a local consulate, but I am wondering though, once I receive those do you know if there’s a requirement to actually enter Mexico in a certain timeframe? We aren’t planning to live/vacation in the home for at least 6months – 1 year. Would love to hear any advice from you!! Many thanks in advance

  26. Great post, gracias! We are retired (seniors), have lived in CDMX and Guanajuato under a tourist visa. Because we love Mexico so much, we decided to get a permanant resident visa (me) and a temporary (her) so then jumped through all the hoops and appointment changes – but finally succeeded. We have about 5 months left to return to Mexico to finish up and get our cards. My question: I have read that this can be a months long process depending on which INM we use? Is there any way we can hurry up the process. We’d prefer to do this in CDMX or GTO but if we could do it as quickly as you…. can you drop us an email?