Tulum residency options, FMM, Temporary or Permanent. Hmmm, which one best fits your needs.
When friends decided to move To Tulum, they knew they were going to be living here full-time. So, apply for the Temporary or Permanent Residency?
They decided to do the Temporary first. Reason being, they were driving down an RV and a Chevy Tahoe. Their plan was to keep their Tahoe here in Mexico having already driven the RV back to California. The RV was just a temporary living while their house was being built. TIP’s (Temporary Import Permit) on an RV is for 10 years and your car is for 4 years. Before 4 years you need to cross back over the border with your car and get reimbursed for the permit. The one lovely thing about the State of Quintana Roo, is you can have your out of country plated car here without a TIP on it. You can just never leave Quintana Roo with it after that 4 years.
I am now going to share with you the difference between the FMM, Temporary and Permanent Residency.
FMM (Mexico’s Visitors Permit)
If the country that issued your passport is listed on the Mexico’s ‘no Visa Required List’ you don’t need to pre-apply for a visa to visit the country; instead you can arrive in Mexico and complete a special visitor permit known in Spanish as the Forma Migratoria Multiple, of FMM. This permit is intended for stays in Mexico lasting up to 180 days or less.
Mexico offers two types of residency permits: Temporary Residency (Residente Temporal) and Permanent Residency (Residente Permanente).
Mexico offers a Temporary Resident Visa, intended for people who wish to live in Mexico for more than 6 months and not longer than 4 years. The Temporary Resident Visa is a renewable, long-term (more than six months) permit which gives non-immigrant temporary residency status to the holder.
The visa is always issued for one year initially, and con then be renewed for a further 1, 2, or 3 years; this visa can optionally give work permissions, and allows unlimited entries to, and exits from Mexico.
There are various categories under which the Temporary Resident visa is granted, and these relate to the activities you intend to undertake while in Mexico. Under the terms of the Temporary Resident Visa, you are authorized to only undertake certain, specific activities which may be lucrative or non-lucrative, depending on the visa’s classification.
A key criterion that the Mexican authorities require for the issuance of a Temporary Resident Visa is that the applicant prove that they have the required amount of funds to sustain themselves while in Mexico and/or a proven steady income. The financial requirements are based in Mexican Pesos, and the financial criteria was formalized following the introduction of the new immigration law that was enacted in 2012.
With a few exceptions, the Temporary Resident Visa cannot be issued to you in Mexico and you must apply for it at a Mexican consulate outside of Mexico. This is a change to the rules before 2012, where Visitor Permits could previously be exchanged for Resident Permits if the person(s) fulfilled the criteria.
Once applied for and granted, you can hold the Temporary Resident Permit for up to four years, and after this it cannot be renewed. At the end of the four-year period, you must apply to exchange the Temporary Resident permit for a Permanent Resident permit or leave the country.
Permanent Resident visas are issued to foreign nationals who have the intention of living in Mexico for long periods of time (over six months) AND who intend to settle permanently (indefinitely) in Mexico.
The Permanent Resident Visa is intended for people seeking permanent residency status in Mexico. You do not need to be a Temporary Resident first to become a Permanent Resident later, provided that you fulfill one of the other requirements needed for permanent residency.
To apply for and be granted Permanent Residency, the applicants must:
• Have certain close family connections in Mexico, or
• Apply for a retirement status and prove they have sufficient monthly income (or substantial assets) to support themselves, or
• Have 4 consecutive years of regular status a Temporary Resident, or
• Have 2 consecutive years of regular status as Temporary Resident where that Temporary Visa was issued through marriage to a Mexican National or marriage to a foreign permanent resident, or
• Meet a minimum score under the Points System, or
• Be granted residency on humanitarian grounds or through political asylum.
With a few exceptions, the Permanent Resident Visa cannot be issued to you in Mexico and you must apply for it at a Mexican consulate outside of Mexico. This is a change to the rules before 2012, where Visitor Permits could previously be exchanged for Resident Permits if the person(s) fulfilled the criteria.
When my husband and I were getting ready to come down here, we went to our Mexican Consulate and applied for our Visa’s and our TIP’s. Easy peasy. When we crossed, we stopped at the Aduana at the border crossing and had our passports stamped. We then had 30 days to get to the Mexican Consulate here, which we went to Playa del Carman, and file for Temporary Residency.
The whole process from filing for your Temporary Residency to getting your Residency Card takes about 3-4 months.
For more information on Tulum residency options, visit Mexperienc.com.