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JoaquinBlanco
7/25/2020 14:06 EST

Has anyone qualified (or tried to qualify) for a visa via assets, but run into trouble with a bank or other financial services company refusing to provide the statements that the consulate requests?

I had this happen twice in one day, with a bank and a mutual fund. Both said that all they were willing to do was to send the basic account statements that you can download from their website anyway. No certifying or notarizing or even signing a cover letter.

If a lot of would-be expats keep having this kind of problem, I would hope the consulates become aware and adjust their requirements accordingly.

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Jubilacion
7/25/2020 14:33 EST

We had same issue so I printed what was online from Schwab and an Annuity we own. Bingo.! Kansas City Consulado accepted both and offered Permanente. We wanted Temporal because we want to bring our car (crazy gringos!) So the short answer was it worked for us in June. Good luck.!

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Lahry
7/25/2020 15:50 EST

I printed out 6 mos of statements. I drove to the consulate in New Orleans, about 55 mi one way.
She pointed out that there was no account number, my name was missing, and the name of the bank.

So I had to drive back to my bank and have them print one out that included all the above info, except my account number. That was fine and I got my visa. :)

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Jubilacion
7/25/2020 16:11 EST

Very good point about account numbers.... I "whited-out" most of each account number but left a few digits so it looked legit. Definitely make sure your name (and spouse in my case) and financial institution and month and year are printed.

I even went so far to highlight certain information with yellow marker I wanted our Consulado officer to see. I over-produced copies and in my presence she selected what she needed for my wife and I. Scored!

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JoaquinBlanco
7/25/2020 19:48 EST

So what's the issue with the account numbers? Would just knowing the account number allow someone to steal money from the account?

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hrlee7804
7/26/2020 10:33 EST

There are a lot of "Chicken Little" people out there. The world knowing your bank account number means nothing without the ability to sign on the account, etc. We sign checks and use credit cards all the time and hand over those numbers also. I see people whiting out car licenses in photos also but park there car....everywhere. The Sky is Falling!

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hrlee7804
7/26/2020 10:35 EST

I asked my bank to print the needed copies off of my accounts and give them to me. It was not a problem. (small bank, small town)

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bluewater1
7/26/2020 11:46 EST

No worries, jus print your statements for he most recent 12 months and that is all you need.

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Jubilacion
7/26/2020 16:30 EST

I yam what I yam!

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inky313
7/29/2020 12:52 EST

I had this problem, easy work around was tell the banks that you are applying for a mortgage and need to show proof of assets. They have a form this and will send it to you. I delivered this to the consulate and all was fine.

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hrlee7804
7/31/2020 11:04 EST

That only works if you are showing current assets not monthly deposits. My wife and I got our paperwork completed by...Me showing monthly income and my wife showed total assets....I am never a fan of lying to the bank to get them to do anything. If you do that and they find out they will know you are one that, given a choice, will lie! IMHO

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bluewater1
7/31/2020 11:10 EST

There are two options, assets and income. Retirees need to show evidence of a min balance over 12 months, For those with income you need to show a min income stream...Not both...

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Cozumeldeb
8/8/2020 10:09 EST

We got our permanent residence 5 yrs ago at Chicago consultant. They are mostly interested in foreigners NOT be a drain on MX. I would also suggest you get involved in online forums of the area you intend to re-locate to. Unless you are fluent in Spanish, we weren't, it helps to hire local lawyer to help u. Cost us $250 usd, worth every dime. Docs need to be translated to Spanish including bank statements, crazy considering mostly numbers. Mexico ???? LOVES paper, whenever u need to pay your taxes, get a drivers license..requires multiply copies. Overall, its worth the hassle. Mexico is retirement paradise! We bought in Cozumel in 2001, retired in 2010. Once you get through the hassle, hopefully you will feel the same. Happy to answer any questions u may have.

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bluewater1
8/9/2020 11:31 EST

>> They are mostly interested in foreigners NOT be a drain on MX. <<
That is all they are looking at, whether you show evidence of a bank balance, or a monthly income stream...Very easy process.
We had to travel to NYC twice and spend the night (once to submit documentation and passports, again to pick up passport with temp visa), so consider that added expense if you don’t live near a Mexican consulate...

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