Readers often write me to ask how much it costs to get a temporary or permanent resident visa in Mexico. My answer changes every January when the Mexican immigration authority, known as the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM), puts their latest fee schedule into effect.
Historically, I would just share a link to the fee schedule but it confused more than a few people because it’s 100% in Spanish and contains more information and categories than most folks require.
This year, I decided to translate the sections that people ask me most about and to create an easy to follow chart that you can refer back to whenever the need arises. By the way, don’t panic when you see the prices — they’re in Mexican pesos.
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Even after your visa is approved at the Mexican Embassy or Consulate located in your home country, the paperwork is still far from over. Once you arrive in Mexico, there are additional forms and procedures to follow. That’s also where you will pay the fees shown in the last section.
If you choose to handle the Mexican side of things yourself, keep in mind that the paperwork is only provided in Spanish and multiple trips to the immigration office are required. That’s why many people opt to hire an attorney or a facilitator (known as a gestor) to take care of the details.
Keep in mind that not everyone who is in the business of handling your immigration visa paperwork is an actual lawyer. He or she might just be someone who is familiar with the paperwork and the process. If your immigration case is complex, you should probably go with an actual attorney.
The cost to hire an attorney/gestor can vary quite a bit but the average is between $3,000-$8,000 MXN per client.
Let’s Wrap This Up
The purpose of this post is only to provide you with the immigration fees for 2018, not to walk you through the process. If you have specific questions related to the process of getting a visa (i.e. paperwork and requirements), please be a patient because we will be addressing those issues specifically in future articles.