Information provided by the Law Offices of Jaime B. Berger Stender,
Q: What happens if a
foreigner is married to a Mexican?
A: The Mexican citizen must obtain for
the foreigner a resident alien document in order to
reside in Mexico as the economic responsibility of the
Q: I was born in Mexico but became a
U.S.citizen. Can I live in Mexico?
A: Only if you get the necessary
permits from the Department of the Interior of Mexico
because you are considered a foreigner with no special
Q: What are the principle categories
under which foreigners may live in Mexico?
A: There are two main classes.
Non-resident Alien and Resident Alien. The first is
considered temporary and produces no permanent residency
rights. The second class assumes a desire for permanent
residency, and after five years. the foreigner is granted
permanent right as a Legal Resident Alien.
aliens are foreigners who come to Mexico to grow roots,
intending to become a permanent resident and obtain the
status of Legal Resident Alien.
Q: What kinds of resident aliens are
A: Resident aliens
a temporary visitor, who can have e permit
for up to six moths.
in transit to another country; in
special cues, one can remain in Mexico up to
a person who comes to practice some lucrative
or non-lucrative activity for up to six
moths; this period can be extended once if
the visitor is engaged in any lucrative
activity. If he is living on this income from
abroad, or deposits brought from abroad, or
if he is an artist, a scientist, a
technician, an athlete.
- an advisor can stay up to six
moths, granted in order to attend meetings of
stock holders as an advisor or stock holder;
he may have multiple entries into Mexico but
may not stay longer than thirty days in the
The person who has decided to come to Mexico
in order to live off his resources brought in
from abroad; from the interests accrued on
the investment of his capital in
certificates, securities, and State bonds or
of the National Credit Institutions, or in
others which the State Department may
determine. The State Department can
eventually allow persons who fit in this
immigration category to engage in activities
that are profitably paid.
The foreigner who enters the national
territory in order to invest his capital in
industry, in accordance with the laws of the
country, for as long as the investment
contributes to the social and financial
development of the country.
MAN. This immigration category
covers the alien who enters the national
territory only in exceptional cases and prior
registration of the academic title degree
with the Department of Public Education.
These exceptional cases are left to the
criteria and discretion of the State
Department, since they are not pre-determined
by the Law nor by any Regulations.
OF TRUST. Is held by the alien who
enters national territory in order to be a
Director or to assume other posts of complete
trust in business firms or in institutions
established inside the Republic of Mexico, as
long as - in the judgment of the State
Department - there is no doubling positions
and that the respective service does Indeed
merit and require entrance into the country.
SCIENTIST. According to law, he's
the alien who enters the Country in order to
direct or carry out scientific
investigations, to spread and divulge his
scientific knowledge, to prepare researchers,
or to undertake teaching work. The State
Department takes into consideration the
information which, in that respect, it is
provided by the Institutions which it may
deem fit and proper to consult.
TECHNICIAN. The alien who Comes into
the Country in order to Carry out an
investigation applied within the production
process, or to engage in specialized or
technical functions which - on the judgment
of the State Department - cannot be provided
by the residents of the Country.
FAMILY MEMBERS. In this case, it's a
matter of aliens who enter the Country in
order to live under the financial dependence
of their spouse or of a blood relative.
The following information is provided as a general and informative background to Mexico, and should not be considered legal advice or your sole source of information. Wherever possible you are encouraged to utilize the services of a professional, such as listed below.
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.