How Long Can I Stay Out of Mexico and Still Keep My Residency Status? (VIDEO)


Hey everybody. Qroo Paul here. Welcome to the channel. This is going to be a short video. Today I am going to answer a common question that I get from folks with temporary or permanent residency in Mexico and that is:

How long can I be outside of Mexico and still keep my residency?

This one is easy to answer. Currently, there are no requirements that you spend a certain amount of time in Mexico, nor are there any limitations on the amount of time that a temporary or permanent resident can be outside of Mexico. However, temporary residents will need to return to Mexico to renew their temporary status, or after 4 years as a temporary resident, change to permanent status.

There are also no restrictions on the number of times that you can enter or leave Mexico as a lawful resident. I’ve been asked about that too, so I thought I would mention it.

That was easy right?

For those folks who want to confirm this for themselves, I have included links to federal immigration law and the supporting regulations in the description portion of the video. Spoiler Alert – its  a combined 156 pages of page-turning excitement. Enjoy!

Ley de Migración

Reglamento de la Ley de Migración

One group of folks who never asks me about limitations on the number of days that they can be outside of Mexico – but really should – are naturalized Mexican citizens.

Article 37 of the Mexican constitution says that naturalized citizens will lose their citizenship if they reside outside of Mexico for 5 continuous years.  This only applies to naturalized Mexican citizens, not citizens by birth.

You might be asking, how are they are going to know I have been outside of Mexico that long? How would they know I was not driving in and out of the country? That would not leave any record. All good questions that I don’t have an answer for — I’m just reporting what the law says.

Well that’s the end of the video. Short sweet and to the point. I plan to do more short videos like this one answering specific questions because it makes it easier for people to find exactly what they are looking for.

Well, until next time. Hasta luego.

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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 ( to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

14 Comments on "How Long Can I Stay Out of Mexico and Still Keep My Residency Status? (VIDEO)"

  1. We are about to convert our RT to RP in August 2022. Curious as to what you find to be the main differences and benefits between RT and RP.

  2. Gerald+Andres | April 30, 2022 at 9:41 am | Reply

    Your RFC article came across as code. Tried to make a comment about it but it continued to show coding.

  3. I received your email article Re: RFC but cannot read the entire article or comment from the link

    • Some people have trouble seeing the articles or commenting. We are not really sure why. It is not a consistent problem across the board.

  4. Have friends that have been permanent residents for 4 plus years, they were outside of Mexico for 13 months and upon arriving at BJX last week, were questioned as to why they had been gone for so long. Finally let them go, but the attitude of the immigration agent was not good.

  5. Minors, even if permanent, have to get new card every 4 years until turn 18

  6. Deborah Mosby | April 30, 2022 at 2:21 pm | Reply

    Thanks for all this information! We are still dipping our toes into the water, But want to know the difference between being snowbirds and temporary residence. From what I understand we can stay 180 days only with our tourist visa. Thanks for all you share!

    • Temporary residency only means that the residency will expire and will have to be renewed. Many people with “temporary residency” status are full-time residents of Mexico. After four years, they can switch to permanent residency. As a tourist, Mexico may grant you up to 180 days to stay in Mexico at a time but there is no guarantee you will receive the maximum amount of time. Over the last year, they have been granting many people only the amount of days they can show accomodations for etc.

  7. John G Williams | May 1, 2022 at 11:06 am | Reply

    Paul, I already knew all the information in this video. But I enjoy watching you and I like your style of delivery and the sound of your voice. So, I watched it drinking a cup of hot tea. Thanks, Jack W

  8. Hello! I wasn’t sure how to email you, but your new vid at this url is showing code only, not a page. I tried both Firefox and Chrome, thanks!:

  9. David J Houston | May 4, 2022 at 6:31 pm | Reply

    Hi Paul. How do I view your article on Mexican RFCs? it opened up as a bunch of Code. Did you do a video of this? I saw some other people had this issue as well with one of y9our other articles this week. I’
    m using my laptop.

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