Good News for Many People Who Have Been Living and Working in Mexico Without the Proper Visa

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.

Who Qualifies?

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:

  1. Documentation – Plane tickets, bus tickets, utility bills, rental contract, school records, or an expired immigration document
  2. 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.

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul

Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years and retired at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He moved to Mexico with his wife six days later to enjoy a laid-back, Caribbean lifestyle on a tight budget.

In 2016, Paul started a blog to share information with other people who may be thinking of making the move to Mexico. The blog, Two Expats Living in Mexico (, has been viewed over a million times and Paul’s articles appear in periodicals across Mexico.

5 Comments on "Good News for Many People Who Have Been Living and Working in Mexico Without the Proper Visa"

  1. Dear Paul: I am the “chilango” (spiritual native, born and raised in CDMX) ophtalmologist who wrote you in other ocations. I recomend your postcast with a lot of people including a recently friend who lives between Quintana Roo and San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. He is a Real State business man and maybe he will makes contact with you. He is the Enginer (Ingeniero, Ing.) Alonso, nice guy.
    In another subject: congratulations for your new Presidenta Mistress Hilary (Hilaria) Clinton. I send you a big hug, greetings for your wife (could you remember me her name?) and be prepared because as I told you in the fist oportunity we will have a “face to face” in your own new land. In that travel you will know my own Mother (Lolita) and my future wife Sonia indeed.
    See’ll ya soon.
    Don’t call me “Doctor”
    Truly yours and proudly Mexican
    Miguel Tapia Diaz

    • Thank you for writing. Here name is Linda. Thanks for recommending the blog to others. We look forward to meeting you in person when you are in the area.

  2. Wow! What is delaying our return move to Mexico is me being unable to find an opthmologist to treat my macular degeneration. In Canada I have been having avastin
    shots on a fairly regulat basis.
    Where are you located please Sr Miguel Tapia Diaz?
    Thank you.
    Helen Mc

  3. Another short, sweet, very informative piece! Thank you!

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