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Going Back and Forth to Mexico Every Six Months

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Sillysundy2018
6/13/2020 16:54 EST

I am really excited about retiring in Mexico, but one thing really worries me. I currently don't have the financial income requirements for a temporary resident visa, as I only receive around !,500 per month in social security. They have now raised the income to around $1,600 per month. For how long can I leave at 6 months, stay in the US for a visit, and then return for another 6 months. Do they keep track of how many times you visit Mexico for 180 days? I heard that Mexican Immigration might notice this. Also, can you rent an apartment on a yearly lease with only an FMM (tourist) visa? I have been on the internet all day trying to find answers, but cannot find one that is consistent.

Any helpful replies would be appreciated.

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giershift43
6/13/2020 19:32 EST

Residency financial requirements are tied to a multiple of the Mexican minimum which has recently increased. You can check on consulate web pages for specifics.

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Lahry
6/13/2020 20:06 EST

El Paso Consulate is the most liberal I know. I know two women here that got their Pemanente on $750 USd's/mo.

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Eidel
6/13/2020 20:39 EST

At the current rate of exchange 1,500 USD is about 35,000 MXN. The average monthly income in 2019 for the middle class Mexican was reported at 14,257. Thus, you could live comfortably on your income. (If my calculations are wrong someone will correct me!)

As for how many times you can go back and forth on a tourist visa will be problematic and will likely depend on the immigration officials where and when your cross. Remember that you are NOT guaranteed entry anywhere at any entry point!

I was in Belize in 2017 and had no problem leaving but was questioned for 10-15 minutes by Mexican immigration when I tried to enter Mexico. I didn't have a Mexican visa and didn't have an address where I was going to stay in Mexico. Eventually my Spanish speaking friend got my tourist visa and I was allowed entry. My point is that so much depends on immigration and their mood when you arrive.

You are taking a chance going back and forth with multiple entry and exit stamps in your passport. It can be done, many have done it successfully, But it's very political and risky. One note: you don't have to go back to the United States. You can go anywhere, as long as you leave Mexico. Go to Belize, for example. Good luck.

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Jubilacion
6/14/2020 13:45 EST

I don’t think giving anyone the false hope that they might get Permanente or Temporal (temporary) visas on $750 USD/month is realistic. There is way more to your “friends” backstory than they are sharing with you.

We just secured the first resencia visas from Kansas City consulado with covid procedures in place and they were not messing around with finances and told us as much. They will soften monthly income requirements IF you have savings, IRA/401k, or other assets.

But it is always worth a in person conversation to ask questions as we did. Call and set an appointment somewhere. Good luck!!

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hrlee7804
6/15/2020 08:53 EST

Monthly income needed is based on pesos and converted to USDolllars. When the exchange rate was 25:1 would have been a better time to qualify than now at 22:XX or when it was at something lower. Waiting for the rate to be more favorable may be an option....But probably never $750.

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delta90064
6/15/2020 11:19 EST

I have been going back and forth to the US every six months for 10 years. My US stay is usually one week, sometimes two days. Never had a problem re-entering Mexico. My passport is so loaded with stamps that immigration officials sometimes comment about it.

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giershift43
6/15/2020 21:28 EST

But a usd/mex exchange rate of 25pesos to a dollar is not a common occurrence. Historically it has not happened before. Only last March it was 18,5pesos to a dollar. Get info directly from a consulate. Also we have met people who do go back every 6 months. Maybe you could find someone living it and talk to them.

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