After being in the Philippines for over 3 years, I moved to Mexico. For me, it was important to have a visa upfront and preferably a long-stay visa, since I was tired of the visa extension procedures I went through in the Philippines every 6 months. What options does Mexico offer for me to stay longer than the 180 days visa upon arrival for Dutch tourists?
No need for an expensive Immigration Lawyer!
You can do this yourself you know! It is easy, as long as you know what to do, where to go and what to bring.
Let me list the difference between a tourist visa upon arrival and a temporary resident visa for you:
Tourist visa upon arrival
valid for a maximum of 180 days, to be decided by the immigration officer on duty
you need to pay an exit clearance when leaving the country
no multiple entries allowed, if you leave the country you have to get a new visa
you are not allowed to work
you cannot purchase a Mexican drivers license
no local bank account allowed
you have to have a hotel booking or proof of stay and an outbound ticket
you cannot claim tax exemptions in your own country
buying land or a house is more complicated
price 424 pesos, this price is included in your airline ticket or cruise booking (prices 2019)
Temporary Resident Visa
valid for a maximum of 1 year and extended up to 4 years
you can apply for a permanent resident visa after those 4 years
multiple entries are allowed once you get your temporary resident ID card
you can apply for a work visa
you can apply for a Mexican Drivers license
you do NOT need to pay exit clearance every time you leave the country
you do NOT need an outbound ticket upon entry
you can open a local bank account
you can claim tax exemption in your own country if you pay income taxes in Mexico
the process of buying a property is more simple
680 pesos for the local application at the embassy and 4,148 pesos, for the first year at the INM office (prices 2019)
This made a lot of sense to me and fitted my plans in Mexico perfectly, after all, I travel the world to find the right place to relocate permanently. And since the Philippines turned out not to be that place, maybe Mexico is.
How to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa for Mexico
Depending on the country you are from this section may vary in procedures, but all visa applications require:
applying for a visa by sending in a visa application form and necessary paperwork
a consular interview at the Embassy
All visa applications must be done outside Mexico. You cannot apply for this visa while you are in Mexico. The easiest way is to apply in the country you hold a passport from. But you can apply at any Mexican Embassy anywhere in the world. If you apply outside your home country all paperwork needs to be notarized and probably translated into Spanish.
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