A Look at Residency Options in Mexico (VIDEO)

Here’s a video that breaks down the residency options for foreigners looking to move to Mexico.

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

18 Comments on "A Look at Residency Options in Mexico (VIDEO)"

  1. Joanna Bennett | April 17, 2021 at 8:06 am | Reply

    Experience.com also sells a book that’s updated annually call Immigration Guide. Very handy resource !

  2. Hi Paul,
    First off, thank you for all the sharing and apportioning your personal time to help others. Over the last two weeks, I’ve scoured through your blogs and videos. My intention is to acquire Permanent Residency under the ‘retirement’ option.

    Question: During the ‘in-between time’ of phase one and phase two of the immigration process, are we able to do the following with the visa credentials given:

    – Open a bank account
    – Register a new locally purchased vehicle
    – Secure a Mexican Driver’s License
    – Secure a CURP
    – Apply for both Public and Private Health Insurance

    I will be heeding your advice to arrive in MX about two months prior to the 180 day expiry date [and immediately registering with local immigration], however, if by some chance there are delays on their end [immigration] that push past the 180 day mark, will we have to restart the entire process and leave?

    Thanks Paul.

    Hasta Luego

    • Until the second part of the process is complete, you will not be able to get a CURP and you will have difficulty doing things like getting a DL etc. You can, however, buy private health insurance. The good news is that some areas are completing the second part of the process in as little as a day. That is not yet the case the Riviera Maya though.

      As far as the 180 days is concerned, there are no worries there. As long as the visa is in process, you are legally in the country and everything will be fine.

  3. Great video. Lots of information. Thank You!!

  4. THAT was a great video Paul! Lots of important info delivered very clearly. Thanks!

  5. I think Joanna (above) meant Mexperience.com. And actually their Immigration Guide is a free download.

  6. Good video. We took temp res last year and got blindsided by covid and stuck outside of mexico at renewal time. My wife qualifies for perm, i don’t, so we will redo, this time her going permanent, which makes it a lot easier for me to go permanent before the 4 years is up if I want to. We will do that when we don’t need a Canadian car down there. I think i can also change to permanent with less financials from inside Mexico on my own as it is based on lower financial criteria (% of UMA instead of min wage), In case something happens that prevents me form being in Mexico at card renewal time, I can also go to the consulate and apply for perm under her which is a lot less financial requirements if she is already permanente.

  7. Hi Paul – I hold permanent residency in Mexico. Do you know if one forfeits residency if outside of Mexico for an extended period of time? Say living in the US for a year before returning to Mexico. Thanks.

    • For permanent residency, there is no requirement to return to Mexico within a certain period of time to avoid losing it. There is, however, a requirement like that for naturalized citizens. You will lose the citizenship after 5 years of absence.

  8. Really enjoy your videos – thank you.

  9. Shelly Miller | April 17, 2021 at 1:33 pm | Reply

    Thank you for these videos and for mentioning the Baja( so much is different, mainly with vehicles, insuring and plating them in South Dakota). It’s a whole thing here! After purchasing our little beach condo the only difficulty was changing the names on our electricity bill. In the Baja only one name can be on record. We divided and conquered. I tell everyone bring 3 copies of ANY documents you have, you can never know what they will want. Most utilities will not make copies for you.

  10. Love your blogs also love Mexico hope to be living down there soon keep up the great work you can never have to much info cheers

  11. Great stuff! THANKS

  12. Andrew Hickson | April 18, 2021 at 8:10 pm | Reply

    My wife and I are Canadian and are looking to become permanent residents in Mexico, we have built a house in Lacruz de Haunacaxtle currently valued at between $350 and 400 K US, our pensions however combined are approx $2500 Canadian a month do you think we would qualify

    • We are hoping to move to the Puerto Vallarta area by the end of this year. We are Canadian and our combined government pension income is approximately $2600 a month, but we have approximately 700k in the bank. We also have an additional income (contract with the government) of about 4500k per month which is in place until November 2022 at which time we hope to renew. With government contracts cancellation can happen at any time. With all that considered Do you think I/we would qualify for permanent residency?
      Really great info in your blog, we appreciate all he work you do!

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