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Thinking Ahead about Residente Permanente Visa

 
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Fitzgerald



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:31 pm    Post subject: Thinking Ahead about Residente Permanente Visa Reply with quote

I have seen so much conflicting information on this topic, and of course the rules have been changed so old info is pretty useless, which is why I'm starting a new thread.

I'm going to be starting my fourth year teaching in Mexico in August, for a new employer. I'm going to have a two-year contract. I gather that the end of my fourth year would be time to apply for a "Residente Permanente" visa. Questions:

1) Will the fact that I've been working here for four years and am contracted for a fifth, at a fairly high level of salary (above 26,000/pesos per month every year) be more-or-less sufficient to get me the higher visa status, or will I be exactingly means-tested as well?

2) Once you have the "Residente Permanente" status, is that good indefinitely, with pro forma renewals like a driver's license, or do you get means-tested again and again? I'm turning 56 and am thinking ahead to retirement, wondering if I'll qualify to stay here when I hit that age, and if already having the "Residente Permanente" visa at that time guarantees that I will be able to stay.

If you're catching on that I'm not a wealthy guy, you're right about that. By the time I start receiving my Social Security benefit - I do hope to work until age 70 so that I can get the maximum - it will probably be in the vicinity of $1900-2100 per month. If that is not enough to stay in Mexico, legally or practically, then I guess it's on to Panama or Belize! There is no question of going back to the U.S.; I certainly couldn't afford to live there (and I really wouldn't want to anymore).
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Guero1



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.inm.gob.mx/ might give you some info or go down to you loal office and ask them in person. The rules did change recently, but I am not sure how, sorry not to be able to offer any more info.
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Rose Cohen



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Thinking Ahead about Residente Permanente Visa Reply with quote

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2) Once you have the "Residente Permanente" status, is that good indefinitely, with pro forma renewals like a driver's license, or do you get means-tested again and again? I'm turning 56 and am thinking ahead to retirement, wondering if I'll qualify to stay here when I hit that age, and if already having the "Residente Permanente" visa at that time guarantees that I will be able to stay.



After living in Mexico on an FM3 for three years and then a No Inmigrante for two more years, I was eligible for Residente Permanente, which I received last September. As I understand it, I won't ever have to return to INM for any sort of renewal though I do have to let them know if I move or get married or change jobs (I got my FM3 with permission to work as a free-lance English teacher).
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Thinking Ahead about Residente Permanente Visa Reply with quote

Fitzgerald wrote:
I have seen so much conflicting information on this topic, and of course the rules have been changed so old info is pretty useless, which is why I'm starting a new thread.

I'm going to be starting my fourth year teaching in Mexico in August, for a new employer. I'm going to have a two-year contract. I gather that the end of my fourth year would be time to apply for a "Residente Permanente" visa. Questions:

1) Will the fact that I've been working here for four years and am contracted for a fifth, at a fairly high level of salary (above 26,000/pesos per month every year) be more-or-less sufficient to get me the higher visa status, or will I be exactingly means-tested as well?

2) Once you have the "Residente Permanente" status, is that good indefinitely, with pro forma renewals like a driver's license, or do you get means-tested again and again? I'm turning 56 and am thinking ahead to retirement, wondering if I'll qualify to stay here when I hit that age, and if already having the "Residente Permanente" visa at that time guarantees that I will be able to stay.

If you're catching on that I'm not a wealthy guy, you're right about that. By the time I start receiving my Social Security benefit - I do hope to work until age 70 so that I can get the maximum - it will probably be in the vicinity of $1900-2100 per month. If that is not enough to stay in Mexico, legally or practically, then I guess it's on to Panama or Belize! There is no question of going back to the U.S.; I certainly couldn't afford to live there (and I really wouldn't want to anymore).


I and several of my coworkers are residentes permanentes, while I do have Mexican family, not all of my coworkers do and non has been denied the status once they met the time requirements. We make quite a bit less than you (though live in a cheaper part of Mexico), but have indefinite contracts.
INM officials have been really hesitant to give out information regarding the long term. One guy I talked to keep emphasizing that Mexican law could change at any time so he wouldn't tell me what the future had in store, even when I said--"As the law stands right now, what would I do when I retire?" I took his response to mean he really had no idea. Laughing
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