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Living in Mexico: Visas,Immigration Policies & Citizenship Overview

15 January, 2014

The Mexican immigration system has developed comprehensive legal and statutory immigration policies that are of interest to expats who plan to buy Mexico real estate and who would like to live here all – or even part – of every year. There are a variety of visas and other options open to foreigners who want to visit Mexico for leisure,business,or even for larger chunks of time during retirement. Some expats come here to live and work,while still others are determined to seek permanent residence or even citizenship in Mexico. Regardless,it’s important to start by understanding some basic points:

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First,it’s important to point out that the Mexican government reviewed and updated its immigration laws in late 2011,with all changes coming into effect by November of 2012. Known as the “General Law of Population,” the immigration policy describes the rights and responsibilities of foreigners visiting Mexico,as well as the various types of immigration that are available.

Types of Immigration Permits

Basically,there are two different types of temporary permits that allow foreigners to enter the country,known as “Non-Immigrant” and “Immigrant.” Non-immigrant permits are intended for those who plan to visit Mexico for a specific purpose – such as a vacation or business meeting – and know when they plan to depart. Immigrant permits,on the other hand,are intended for anyone who wishes to enjoy a long term or even permanent residence in Mexico.

The Immigration Process

Keep in mind that there are also various sub-classes of both non-immigrant and immigrant visas,which require individual attention depending on your unique situation. Depending on the circumstances,it may be helpful to enlist the services of an experienced immigration lawyer who can handle the administrative aspects of the immigration process on your behalf.

Citizenship Requirements

Finally,there are some who may decide to actually become a Mexican citizen,a process that is also known as naturalization. A complicated process,minimum requirements include a basic grasp of the Spanish language and having already obtained permanent resident status,although exceptions can always apply. For example,marriage to a Mexican citizen can help to speed up the process.

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