Steps on how to apply for a Mexico Permanent Residence Permit

For a Mexico Permanent Residence Permit, you have a choice of applying while inside the country or outside of it. In addition, the Mexico Visa Policy enumerates different routes through which an applicant can become a Permanent Resident with a possibility of citizenship in a few years. So, if this is your dream, it’s pretty achievable.

In Mexico, a Permanent Residence Permit is unofficially referred to as a ‘green card’, and it’s not just because of its color but because of the privileges a holder gets. As a result, every foreign national who intends to reside in Mexico aspires to get a Permanent Residence Card for Mexico.

The benefits of acquiring a Mexico ‘green card’ cannot be overemphasized. Also, it is vital to know the various routes through which one can qualify for this exalted position. This will help you to measure your eligibility. Therefore, this article will examine how you can be eligible for a PR in Mexico and the requirements to fulfill.

What is a Mexico Permanent Residence Permit?

A Mexico Permanent Residence Permit is an authorization given to a foreign national who qualifies to reside in Mexico permanently. The application for a PR begins at a Mexican embassy or consulate in the applicant’s country, and ends in Mexico, at a consulate or embassy. When you ‘graduate’ from temporary residency, there are benefits attached to your change of status.

Benefits of a Mexico Permanent Residence Permit

A permanent residence is just one step away from being a Mexican citizen in Mexico. Here are the benefits of obtaining a permanent residence permit in this country:

  • You will obtain a Unique Population Registry Number (CURP). With this, you can open an account, get a Mexican Driver’s License even if you have a foreign one, and enjoy specific discounts.
  • You will obtain a credit card
  • You will obtain permission to work without registering with immigration whenever you change your employment.
  • You will sign up with the national health care program (Seguro Popular), which takes care of emergency surgeries.
  • Other benefits are available to Mexican citizens except the right to vote or buy land in reserved areas.

Who is eligible for a Mexico Permanent Residence Permit?

You can qualify for a Mexico Permanent Residency under five conditions.

#1. The direct route – as a retiree or a pensioner

Applicants who enter Mexico through this route must provide sufficient monthly income, savings, or investments to cover their living expenses in Mexico. This is because such persons will not be permitted to work in Mexico. Retirees or pensioners can apply for PR once they fulfill the above requirement.

#2. The famous route – 4 years of temporary residency

This is the most common way to get a Mexico PR. Foreign nationals who reside in the country with a Temporary Residence Permit can get a PR after years of living there. However, getting a PR this way is not automatic. Therefore you must apply for a change of condition. You can do this at an immigration office in Mexico. Then, in Spanish, you must fill out some forms and write a request for permanent residence. Other requirements will follow.

#3. If you have a child born in Mexico

If you have a child born in Mexico, you are qualified for a Permanent Residence Permit. All you have to do is visit the immigration office in Mexico. You can also apply with your tourist visa or during your stay as a temporary resident.

#4. If you have a Mexican partner or your partner is a permanent resident

If your spouse or long-term partner is Mexican or has a permanent residency, you must first apply to be a temporary resident for two years. Afterward, you can go on to apply for permanent residency at the immigration office in Mexico.

#5. If you are a parent or child of a Permanent Resident

If your child is a permanent resident of Mexico, you can obtain a PR permit, regardless of age. Also, if you are under 18 years of age and have a permanent resident parent, you qualify for permanent residency.

Please note that if you are in Mexico already and decide to become a resident in Mexico, you must leave the country and start the application process, then return to Mexico to complete the process.

Requirements for a Mexico Permanent Residence Permit

To support your application for a Mexico Permanent Residency, you must obtain the following documents:

1. A Mexico Visa Application Form

2. Your passport and photocopies of relevant pages

3. A passport-size picture was taken against a white background six months ago.

4. Proof of financial support Proof your family member can support you during your stay:

4a. Can be bank statements or proof of investment

4b. If a family member will support you, provide proof of income through investment or employment

5. Original and one photocopy of your child’s birth certificate stating your name (if you are the parent of a Mexican child or permanent resident)

6. Original and one photocopy of your birth certificate if you are the child of a Mexican citizen or permanent resident.

7. Your paid visa fee. You must get a Mexico Visa fee is US$36

8. Any other document that is required by Mexico immigration.

Specific Requirements for a Mexico Permanent Residence Permit

While the above are general requirements, there are certain documents that an applicant must submit, depending on the pathway for permanent residence in Mexico.

#1. For Retirees or Pensioners

  • Sufficient income can be proved by showing bank statements or investment receipts of an average monthly balance of 8,393.66 Mexican Pesos for the past 12 months.


  • Monthlyctax-free income of at least 87,632.84 Mexican Peso during the past six months.

#2. For Applicant with a Mexican Partner

  • Original and photocopy of applicant’s certificate of birth
  • Marriage certificate or proof of existing common-law relationship with the applicant who holds a permanent resident visa.
  • The Mexican partner must show proof of financial stability to prove that they can support the family member. This must not be less than 17,507.54 Mexican Peso monthly balance for the past 12 months or
  •  Proof of a monthly tax-free income of at least 17,507.54 Mexican Pesos for the past six months.

#3. If you are a parent or child of a Permanent Resident

  • If the applicant is the parent of a child with a permanent resident visa in Mexico, they must present the birth certificate.
  • The child’s birth certificate must be presented if the applicant is a child, sibling, or step-child of a permanent resident.

Click here for more information on the requirements for a permanent residence permit.

How to Apply for a Mexico Permanent Residence Permit

Suppose you are applying for a Permanent Residence Permit. In that case, you must apply at the Mexico National Immigration Institute (Instituto Nacional de Migracion) once you arrive in Mexico with your Permanent Resident Visa. Remember that you will first apply for a Permanent Resident Visa in your country of residence. With that, you can obtain a permanent residence permit in Mexico.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Mexico Permanent Residence Visa?

A Mexico Residence Visa is obtained by foreign nationals who have decided to seek outright permanent residency in Mexico. In this case, they do not need to stay as temporary residents in Mexico for four years. Instead, they are willing to go to Mexico as investors or retirees. When their application is granted, a visa sticker will be placed on their passport. Then, when they enter Mexico, they will exchange that sticker for a permanent residence card.

What is the validity period of a Mexico Permanent Residence Permit?

A Mexico Permanent Residence Permit does not expire. For this reason, you do not need to renew it after a certain period. In other words, it is permanent. Therefore, you can leave, enter Mexico as often as you want, and even apply for citizenship after about four years.

How much is a Mexico Permanent Residence Card?

A Mexico Permanent Residence Card costs about 5,000 Mexican Pesos or US$250. You can obtain this at the Immigration office in Mexico.

What is the difference between a Mexico Temporary Residence Permit and a Mexico Permanent Residence Permit?

A Mexico Temporary Residence Permit is renewable yearly, but the Permanent Residence Permit does not need to be renewed. With the former, you must update your CURP every year and pay fees, but with a PR, you don’t need to maintain your legal status. If you work with a temporary residence card, your visa will be tied to your card. Also, if you change your employer, you must notify Mexico Immigration (INAMI) and provide certain documents, but with a PR, you don’t need to worry about maintaining your legal status.

What is the processing time for a Mexico Permanent Residence Card?

Processing a Mexico Permanent Residence Card takes about 10 to 15 working days. The days start counting from the day you submit your required documents at the Mexico National Immigration Institute.


The journey to a Mexico Permanent Residence begins with your decision to live in Mexico. Mexican Immigration has made it easy by providing different pathways through which you can obtain permanent residence. Find the one that suits you.

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