Readers of the blog often ask us how long it takes to receive one’s temporary or permanent resident card once all of the paperwork has been submitted to el Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM).
There is no set answer because it depends on the particular office and how backed up they are. It could be as short as three weeks or as long as ten months.
In our area of Mexico (Quintana Roo), we’ve got friends who have been waiting six months to receive their cards. The downside is that if they want to leave Mexico during the process, they have to obtain permission from INM and that costs money.
You can lean more about that here: Getting Permission to Leave Mexico While Your Resident Card is Being Processed
Our Transition from Temporary to Permanent Residents
Linda and I have lived in Mexico for four years as Temporary Residents. That’s the maximum amount of time that someone can keep that status, so this week we began the process to transition to Permanent Residents.
The process and wait times at el Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) are basically the same whether your getting your first resident card, renewing an existing one or changing your residency status. That’s why we thought some readers might benefit from seeing how long it takes us to get it done.
July 25, 2019: Paperwork submitted to INM in Playa del Carmen
November 6, 2019: Returned to INM to be fingerprinted
Elapsed Time Since Starting the Process
Let’s Wrap This Up
We plan to update this post as we move through the process. If you’re curious how long it will take, we recommend that you bookmark this page and check back from time to time.