Mexico recently announced a program called el Programa Temporal de Regularización Migratoria (PTRM) that will allow many immigrants who live and work in the country illegally to obtain legal status without any penalty.
The program runs from January 9, 2017 to December 19, 2017. During that period, immigrants who qualify will be able to obtain temporary resident visas and authorization to work from El Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM). After four years, they will be able to obtain a permanent resident visa.
Those foreigners, regardless of their nationality, who have made Mexico their permanent home for the “well being of the family”, do not have legal immigration status, and entered Mexico prior to January 9, 2015.
In order to qualify, you will have to provide proof that you were in the country prior to that date. INM has provided two methods to do that:
- Documentation – Plane tickets, bus tickets, utility bills, rental contract, school records, or an expired immigration document
- Witnesses – If you do not have any documentation, you can provide a sworn written statement from two people (citizens or legal foreign residents) that can verify both your identity and how long you have been in the country.
Let’s Wrap This Up
This amnesty program will come as good news to many of my fellow expats across Mexico. Of course programs like this are only useful if you take advantage of them during the allotted time period. If you do qualify, I wouldn’t let this opportunity pass you by.