There are three status of immigration;
A. Non Immigrant (No Inmigrantes)
A non immigrant is any person who stays in Mexico for a limited period of
time without the permission to work. Non immigrant visa are the tourist visa
(FMT) and (FM3).
B. Immigrant (Inmigrantes)
An immigrant is any person who stays in Mexico for an unlimited amount of
time with or without the permission to work. The immigrant visa is the (FM2).
The following activities allow you to apply for an immigrant visa:
- Person with independent means (Rentista)
- Investor (Inversionista)
- Professional (Profesionista)
- Manager (Cargo de Confianza)
- Scientist (Cientifico)
- Technician (Tecnico)
- Family reunion (Familiar)
- Artist/Athlete (Artista/Deportista)
For immigrants settling in the Costa Maya area the two most
common activities will be Investor and Family Reunion.
As an investor the government has to approve the investment or activity that
will be done in Mexico. The Investor has to show that he has sufficient funds
or that his/her activities will benefit the Mexican economy.
For Family Reunion the first in line Mexican relative has to apply for the
Immigrant visa. The government will decide weather the immigrant is allowed
to do paid work or not.
C. Immigrated (Inmigrado)
A person can become an immigrated person if he/she has lived in Mexico for
at least 5 consecutive years with an Immigrant status (FM2). The 'FM2 Immigrant'
visa will be converted to a 'FM2 Immigrated' visa. An Immigrated person is
allowed to do paid work.
These requirements can be subject to change.
The National Immigration Institute of Mexico
is the main authority in the issuance of Visas and Migratory forms. It determines
policies and procedures for all the Embassies and Consulates of Mexico.
The contact information for the INM is as
Instituto Nacional de Migración
Ejército Nacional 862 (Entre las calles de Séneca y Platón)
Colonia Polanco, C.P. 11560
Tel. (52-2) 581 0164
(52-2) 581 0165
(52-2) 581 0113
Fax (52-2) 581 0134
You can also consult information and obtain
an office directory from the Immigration Institute of Mexico's website, at:
Citizens of most countries do not need a
visa to enter Mexico as tourists, check with your local embassy. However,
you must travel with your valid passport (minimum 6 month valid ).
You may not engage in profitable activities
or study in Mexico.
Minors (individuals under the age of 18) travelling
alone, with only one parent or with someone other than his/her parents
must have a notarized letter of consent, signed by both parents or the absent
If parents are divorced, a Parental Custody document is permissible in lieu
of notarized letter. If you are flying to Mexico, check with the airline in
advance about their policies.
You can extend the tourist visa. You need to file for an extension at the
There are no costs for a FMT Tourist Visa.
The Consulate General will issue Immigrant
Visas FM2 to those applicants who have been granted a previous authorization
by the Immigration Institute of Mexico.
The procedures for acquiring the FM2 Immigrant
- Fill out the Visa Application form, available
at the Consulate.
- Authorization letter from the Ministry of the Interior in
Mexico (Instituto Nacional de Migracion)
- Apply at this Consulate General in person.
- Valid passport
- Fill out and present the Form FM1 in Spanish
(available only at the Consulate), one original and four photocopies)
- Six (6) front view and six (6)profile
passport-size photos (1 1/2" square) in black and white
- Payment of Consular Visa fee for the FM2
The costs for the FM2 Visa are approx. 279 USD / 314 Euro.
If you wish to retire in Mexico the requirement
is that your expenses will be covered by:
- income brought to Mexico from a foreign
- income resulting from investments, either
in Mexico or abroad you can apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa (FM3) for retirees.
The Consulate is only empowered to issue
the Nonimmigrant Visa for multiple entries (FM3) to those who wish to make
trips of limited duration. If the applicant wishes to reside indefinitely
in Mexico, he or she, and only in the cases where applicable must request
the proper migratory form before the National Immigration Institute of Mexico.
Employment-based migratory form applications
must be filed for by the Mexican employer in the applicant before the National
The procedure to acquire a Nonimmigrant Visa
(FM3) for multiple entries are:
- Fill out the Visa Application form, available at the Consulate.
- Appearance in person at the Consulate.
- Valid Passport.
- Two (2) front view passport size photos.
- Proof of economic solvency:
Applicant must prove a monthly income of $1,000.00 USD dollars, or equivalent
in Mexican currency. If the applicant will be accompanied by members of
his immediate family, the minimum income required will be $500.00 additionally
per month for each member 15 years of age or older
The documents accepted as a proof are: Bank statement, Social Security or
Pension Receipts; such documents must be notarized and bear the apostille
issued by the Secretary of State of the State where the documents were notarized.
- Payment of the Consular Fee.
In most cases, an FM3 can be issued for up
to one year, on a multiple entries basis.
It takes 1 working day to issue the Nonimmigrant
FM3 Visa when it is submitted directly at the Consulate.
You can not extend the FM3 visa. You may obtain a new one
for business or as a technician. Or, you can extend your stay in Mexico if you
apply for a change of migratory status. Please consult the Immigration Institute.
The costs for the FM3 Visa are approx. 106 USD / 120 Euro.
The procedure for acquiring Household Goods
- FM2 or FM3 (Mexican authorization to
live or work in Mexico, issue by the Ministry of the Interior of Mexico
or any Mexican Consulate, during previous six months).
- Typewritten original and four photocopies of the household
goods inventory in Spanish.
First page must have the name of the person who holds FM2 or FM3, address
in the USA and his/her temporality of residence and the address in Mexico.
The last page must be signed by the titular of the FM2 or FM3. Electronic
items must be described with model, serial number and brand.
It takes 24 hours to process this visa at
The costs for the FM2 Visa are approx. 137 USD / 154 Euro.
For transportation of the house hold goods you can use the following means;
If you can drive from the USA or other bordering countries you can load
as much as possible in your car. This is probably the cheapest way of transportation.
If you have a small amount of items you can transport them as cargo instead
of over weight. Report it to the airline if you want this. Then probably
it will be on the same flight as yourself.
There are several container ports. In Veracruz and Puerto Morelos containers
can be unloaded. You have to arrange a truck to transport the goods to your
new address. Be aware that these trucks will not always be able to reach
your 'beach' location due to the weight.
With the new ferry from Tampa to Calica/Cancun you can bring house hold
goods in your car on the ferry. Check the transportation section of the
visitors pages for more information on the ferry.
For transportation of your boat you can contact Dockwise