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!
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.