Mexico 4 year residence program with minimal requirements

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SusanSharandon

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Looks like there's a program grating 4 year temp residence in Mexico if the following reqs are met: entry before 2020, expired 6month tourist visa, some (managable) beuricratic costs and proof of rent. It's been discussed on Telegram Expat groups and confirmed by a few immigration spacialists, although I have no trustworthy contacts to vouch for this. Anybody know something about this? And assuming it's legit, is there any hidden risk associate with it? Are they just trying to attract the money spending tourists who flee the covid restrictions from the other countries? Any tax trap that one may fall into? AFAIK, residence =/= tax residence right? But at the same time spending more than 6 months here might make one a tax resident?
 

backpacker

Entrepreneur
entry before 2020,
We are in 2022. Anybody using this program would only have another 1 1/2 year.

expired 6month tourist visa,
This sounds like a simple program to legalize overstaying "tourists".
Are they just trying to attract the money spending tourists who flee the covid restrictions from the other countries?
A bit late for that. In most parts of the world (China being the notable exception) COVID hysteria is coming to an end.
Now Monkeypox is en vogue!
But at the same time spending more than 6 months here might make one a tax resident?
If somebody stays there under the rules you posted, he would be in the country for 2+ years. After such a long time of uninterrupted stay, tax residency is inevitable.
 

backpacker

Entrepreneur
Sorry for not being more specific: I meant an entry before 2020 which ended, like a 1 week vacation in 2018 for instance. I don't know why this apparently random requirement.
Random, indeed.
The entire procedure appears illogical and far too convoluted for a government that intends to attract foreigners.
Add to it that on -> Temporary and Permanent Residency in Mexico a one week old article does not mention this regulation with a single word (commentators included), I would dismiss it as confused talk by a group of bored (Telegram) expats.
 

void

Entrepreneur
yes, this is a legit program and heavily used by mostly US/CAN immigrants, the rules are changing pretty quickly - you need an overstayed FMM card with 180 days and (right now) one visit of Mexico of any kind between 2015-2020 (I think :))

technically Mexico has residence based taxation however you cannot get taxed without RFC (local tax id) and you will not get one assigned unless you really want to - there are literally hundreds of thousands of Americans, Canadians and other expats (mostly covid refugees) living all year long in Mexico and paying no taxes - avoid conducting local business and remittance of foreign income to Mexican banks and you will have zero problems - basically perpetual tourists paying local VAT and spending money

this is what every Mexican tax consultant and accountant tells you...
 

SusanSharandon

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backpacker

Entrepreneur
Obtaining RFC does not automatically oblige a resident to file and pay taxes.
Absolutely correct.
My reply in post #6 was focussed on this ->
you will not get one assigned unless you really want to

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Could I just get the number and then mind my own business?
Sure - As long as it is in line with applicable laws.

I just wanted to make clear that even in developing nations things are getting tougher.
All these countries are in urgent need of money and it definitely shows.
 
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04372

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The Mexican government is so inefficient that unless you remit big amounts to Mexican banks they wont know what you are doing. I know of at least 50 people who have been living in Mexico for years and paying 0 taxes while there.

Just don't draw attention to yourself.
 

botero

Active Member
that does not come to my suprise. In regards to taxes it must be the best legal tax haven on earth.
Mexico is in a sweet spot for certain expats in that regard. It is a trusted OECD jurisdiction with plenty of tax treaties with the developed world. Your home country won't be suspicious that you're moving there compared to the Bahamas or Panama.

Since their taxation of expats is relaxed, you're left alone as if you're in a tax haven unless you bring attention to yourself. This can be a pain for expats who want to have a local bank account (which can be necessary), buy a car, or simply spend more money to maintain a decent standard of living. In actual tax havens you can spend your money as you wish and not have to worry about being on the radar.

When I lived in Mexico, I didn't see a way to live in my situation without being on the radar. I sent and received many local and international transfers, signed up for many services, got a driver's license, bought a car, got married, had a baby, etc.

Now that Mexico will require all residents to obtain a tax ID after July, it's possible that things could change and it will be harder staying off the radar.
 

04372

New member
Since their taxation of expats is relaxed, you're left alone as if you're in a tax haven unless you bring attention to yourself. This can be a pain for expats who want to have a local bank account (which can be necessary), buy a car, or simply spend more money to maintain a decent standard of living. In actual tax havens you can spend your money as you wish and not have to worry about being on the radar.

When I lived in Mexico, I didn't see a way to live in my situation without being on the radar. I sent and received many local and international transfers, signed up for many services, got a driver's license, bought a car, got married, had a baby, etc.

Now that Mexico will require all residents to obtain a tax ID after July, it's possible that things could change and it will be harder staying off the radar.

I think my comment requires some clarification.

By being 'on the radar' I meant buying million + homes when you are supposed to be 'poor'.
Owning a car, having a DL, a local bank account, etc is ok. Just don't send yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars.

On the other hand I also know people who doesnt give two shits about any of this and they just spend their money while still not paying any tax and they are doing ok.

As I said, Mexico is inefficient af so if you keep most of your affairs outside of the country it'll prolly be fine.
 

WorldCitizen99

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Looks like there's a program grating 4 year temp residence in Mexico if the following reqs are met: entry before 2020, expired 6month tourist visa, some (managable) beuricratic costs and proof of rent. It's been discussed on Telegram Expat groups and confirmed by a few immigration spacialists, although I have no trustworthy contacts to vouch for this. Anybody know something about this? And assuming it's legit, is there any hidden risk associate with it? Are they just trying to attract the money spending tourists who flee the covid restrictions from the other countries? Any tax trap that one may fall into? AFAIK, residence =/= tax residence right? But at the same time spending more than 6 months here might make one a tax resident?
I got a 4-year temp residency using this mechanism in Dec 2021. It is called regularizacion. I think the program acronym was RNE if I remember. It only kicks in once a 180-day tourist visa expires. (So make sure you get 180 days bc they are often giving tourists less than 30 days unless they show evidence that they NEED 180 days). Then you can go to any INM immigration office in Mexico and apply. It is much easier if you use a service. I used a lady named Martha Sandoval whose office is right next to INM in Los Cabos. There is a requirement for having visited Mexico twice prior to a certain year - I can't remember if it was 2020 or 2021. I visited many times in the last 10 years so I can't recall exactly what the criteria were that made me eligible. No financial records were needed which is a huge plus! It cost approx 12,000 pesos ($600 USD) if I remember correctly. You will need to provide a Mexican address however. There are ways to get around this if you can't provide one. Ms Sandoval could probably help you with this.
 

WorldCitizen99

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I got a 4-year temp residency using this mechanism in Dec 2021. It is called regularizacion. I think the program acronym was RNE if I remember. It only kicks in once a 180-day tourist visa expires. (So make sure you get 180 days bc they are often giving tourists less than 30 days unless they show evidence that they NEED 180 days). Then you can go to any INM immigration office in Mexico and apply. It is much easier if you use a service. I used a lady named Martha Sandoval whose office is right next to INM in Los Cabos. There is a requirement for having visited Mexico twice prior to a certain year - I can't remember if it was 2020 or 2021. I visited many times in the last 10 years so I can't recall exactly what the criteria were that made me eligible. No financial records were needed which is a huge plus! It cost approx 12,000 pesos ($600 USD) if I remember correctly. You will need to provide a Mexican address however. There are ways to get around this if you can't provide one. Ms Sandoval could probably help you with this.
Sorry - correction: INM in cabo san lucas - (down the road from los cabos)
 

daxbr

Entrepreneur
I got a 4-year temp residency using this mechanism in Dec 2021. It is called regularizacion. I think the program acronym was RNE if I remember. It only kicks in once a 180-day tourist visa expires. (So make sure you get 180 days bc they are often giving tourists less than 30 days unless they show evidence that they NEED 180 days). Then you can go to any INM immigration office in Mexico and apply. It is much easier if you use a service. I used a lady named Martha Sandoval whose office is right next to INM in Los Cabos. There is a requirement for having visited Mexico twice prior to a certain year - I can't remember if it was 2020 or 2021. I visited many times in the last 10 years so I can't recall exactly what the criteria were that made me eligible. No financial records were needed which is a huge plus! It cost approx 12,000 pesos ($600 USD) if I remember correctly. You will need to provide a Mexican address however. There are ways to get around this if you can't provide one. Ms Sandoval could probably help you with this.
Did you have any problems with mx banks as temp resident?
 

WorldCitizen99

New member
Did you have any problems with mx banks as temp resident?
No, once I got the temp res card I was easily able to open 2 accounts in Mexico City. I chose Scotia and Santander but I'm confident you could open one with just about any bank. (There was one bank that told me they required perm res). You need to provide a utility bill with a local address but they will tell you that it can be anyone's address. A friend lent me his electricity bill. You can choose paperless option so nothing gets mailed to that address.

They'll give you a debit card and you can take out 9000 or 10,000 pesos per day depending on the bank. Use Wise to get best conversion rates from dollars to pesos then transfer to the Mexican bank and the accounts I chose have no ATM fees. You won't get a credit card right away.

My spanish expression is not bad but my comprehension is much weaker. However, at neither bank have they ever spontaneously switched to english in order to explain something so I suspect clients who do not speak spanish will be at a disadvantage. They might speak some english but their willingness to do so was low.
 
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Suzy Emerald

Entrepreneur
Getting a bank account is indeed not difficult with a temp res. Be sure to take you passport with you. They can make a fuzz when your signature in your passport doenlsnt look the same as the one on your res. Card. Just try another branch office. Ask about minimum balance to hold, monthly fees. Bbva works pretty good with no fees and a ok app.
 

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