I want to live in Mexico on a temporary basis (less than 4 years). What visa do I need?
Foreign visitors that wish to live in Mexico more than six months and less than 4 years may apply for a Temporary Resident Visa.
Please make an appointment at the Consulate at the email and bring the following documents:
1. Visa application printed on one page, double sided, properly completed and signed.
2. Passport or valid travel and identity document, original and a photocopy of the page containing the photograph and personal data.
3. Original and a photocopy of the migratory document proving your legal migratory status in Canada (only for applicants who are not Canadian citizens).
4. One photograph measuring 3.9 cm x 3.1 cm, face uncovered, no eyeglasses, frontal view, in colour, with white background.
5. Payment of fees in cash for the issuance of the visa.
In addition, the following documents must be presented depending on the category applied for:
A. If you are applying under economic solvency
Please bring originals and copy of:
- Original and a photocopy of investment receipts or bank statements showing an average monthly balance of $37,221 CAD during the past twelve months.
- Original and a photocopy of documents showing that the applicant has employment or a pension with a monthly tax-free income of over 2,233 CAD over the last 6 months.
B. If you are applying through an invitation letter:
Please bring originals and copy of:
- Original letter in Spanish from a public or private organization or institution of renowned integrity inviting the foreigner to participate in a non-remunerated activity in Mexican territory.
- The letter must contain the following data:
ü Full name and nationality of the applicant or interested party.
ü Business or company name of the organization.
ü Registration number and purpose of the private organization or institution.
ü Complete address and contact information for the organization or institution.
ü Information on the activity to be conducted or the project in which the foreigner will participate. The foreigner’s activity must be related to the objectives of the inviting organization or institution.
ü Estimated length or approximate end date of the activity to be undertaken.
ü A statement of the binding responsibility to cover living expenses for the foreigner during his/her stay in Mexico, and to ensure the foreigner’s return to his/her country of origin or residence, and
ü A copy of the official identification of the person signing the letter of invitation.
- The inviting private organization or institution will present the original and a photocopy of the investment receipts or bank statements showing an average monthly balance of $1,026,800 MXP or its equivalent of $74,443 CAD during the past 12 months. Public and private institutions belonging to the Mexican National Educational System do not need to prove economic solvency.
- The foreigner must present the original and a photocopy of documents proving that s/he has the necessary experience, capacity, skills or expertise to develop the activity for which s/he has been invited.
- In the event that the inviting institution will not cover living expenses:
ü Original and a photocopy of the investment receipts or bank statements showing an average monthly balance of $37,221.5 CAD during the past twelve months, or
ü Original and a photocopy of documents showing that the applicant has employment or a pension with a monthly tax-free income greater than $1,488.86 CAD during the past six months.
C. If you are applying under family unity:
Family Unity Applications can only be accepted if the foreigner with permanent resident status in Mexico or Mexican citizen accompanies the family member at the time the application is submitted.
Family ties must be proven with the three following options as follows:
Unity through ties with a foreigner who already has temporary resident status:
For this, please bring the following documents:
- Original and copy of the civil registry forms, depending on the family tie (marriage, birth, etc.)
- Permanent resident card or temporary resident, original and a photocopy, and
- Economic solvency to support the family member during his/her stay in the country, may be proven with:
ü Original and a photocopy of investment receipts or bank statements showing an average monthly balance of $10,268.00 MXP or its equivalent of $744.43 CAD during the past 12 months; or
ü Original and a photocopy of documents showing that the applicant has employment or a pension with a tax-free monthly income greater than $10,268 MXP or its equivalent of $744.43 CAD during the past six months.
Unity through marriage or common-law relationship with a Mexican citizen:
- Marriage certificate or common-law certificate or equivalent figure issued by a competent authority, original and a photocopy; and
- Document proving Mexican nationality, original and a photocopy.
D. If applying by ownership of real estate property in Mexico:
- Original and a photocopy of the Public Deed signed before a commissioner of oaths certifying that the foreigner is the holder of real estate property with a value exceeding $4,107,200 MXP or its equivalent of $297,772 CAD.
E. If applying as an investor:
- Deed or policy from a Mexican corporation signed before a Commissioner of Oaths, or a document duly certified by the administrative body or a competent officer thereof, stating that the foreigner has shares in the capital stock of the Mexican corporation, and that the amount of the investment effectively disbursed for the foreigner’s share in the corporation would exceed $2,053,600 MXP or its equivalent of $148,886 CAD.
- This can be proven by a contract for the purchase of shares or stocks, contract for the transfer of assets or rights to the Mexican corporation, or a document issued by the corporation proving the amount contributed for shares in the capital stock, original and a photocopy;
- Document proving the ownership of personal property by the foreigner, with a value exceeding $2,053,600 MXP or its equivalent of $148,886 CAD, original and a photocopy;
- Documentation proving the conducting of economic or business activities in Mexican territory, which could be proven by documents such as (but not limited to) contracts, service orders, invoices, receipts, business plans, licenses and permits, and a certificate issued by the Mexican Social Security Institute proving that the foreigner employs at least five workers, original and a photocopy.
If you require additional information, please send an email to the visa department at
- For foreigners who obtain a valid single entry visa, once they enter Mexican territory they must, within the first 30 calendar days, apply to the National Migration Institute for the residence card that accredits their legal stay in the country and allows them to remain in Mexico for a period greater than 180 days.
- Foreigners that are religious ministers must present a responsive letter of the religious organization. If they submit an authorization of the Ministry of the Interior (Secretaria de Gobernación), they will be exempt of the requirements of economic solvency.
- Documents in other languages must be translated to Spanish and should be legible.
- Immigration authorities might deny entry to Mexico if the foreigner has a criminal record.
- The Consulate can neither guarantee nor verify that Mexican immigration authorities permit the entrance into Mexico.