Residency Changes in Mexico- And Why We Urge You To Act Fast!

Changes are happening fast in Mexican Immigration these days!

And not every immigration office does the same thing. So it’s hard for you to know how to navigate your process!

Here are some of the changes and some solutions. Plus- there is a special bonus but you have to read until the end.

Mexican Consulates Change Their Income Requirements for Spouses

If you don’t know this yet, most consulates require you to be financially solvent to qualify for residency in Mexico. You can find out the income requirements here.

But what if you are married?

Historically, Mexican consulates only required about $800 USD a month extra for a spouse or other dependents.

But changes are happening fast, and a few consulates across the world are now requiring both people in a marriage to meet the financial solvency income requirements each. And again, not every consulate is making this change. So far I have gotten verification from Calgary, Vancouver, and Austin.

So what happens if more consulates start making these changes? That may seem like lost hope to many of you- but there’s a solution!

Mexican immigration law allows a Mexican National, or Resident to petition for their spouse or child under family unification or “union familiar”. Meaning that as long as one of you qualifies to be a resident, you can petition for your spouse from within Mexico without having to prove economic solvency.

INM Appointments

As of March 15, 2022 Immigration in Mexico is no longer offering appointments online. So that means that anyone who is processing their “canje” or residency visa exchange in Mexico now has to travel to Mexico first, schedule their appointment, and then wait for that appointment in Mexico.

And depending on the immigration office that you are visiting, you may or not be able to get an appointment on the same day. If they don’t give out same-day appointments, you will be asked to come back on a future date.

However, immigration usually considers the amount of time you have left on your FMM to ensure you get an appointment before your FMM expires.

Please consult with your immigration facilitator for this part of the process since each office varies.

If you aren’t working with an immigration facilitator, we suggest getting in line at your local INM office or “delegacion” as early as 6 am to be one of the first people in line.

At some INM offices, they only issue a limited number of appointments a day- which makes it even more important that you get in line as early as possible.

Again, your immigration facilitator can guide you through the local steps.
If you need a reputable immigration facilitator to work with- we have a directory of recommended facilitators across Mexico. Get instant access when you purchase our Mexico Relocation Guide.

If you’re not set on a specific city in Mexico to finish out the second part of your process we recommend La Paz, Los Cabos, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, and Merida. They seem to have some of the soonest appointments available. Which can be from 1 day to 2 weeks.

Why We Recommend Applying for Residency Sooner Rather Than Later!

As more and more changes happen within immigration and the Mexican consulates all over the world, we want to help as many people fulfill their dreams of living in Mexico.

But for some of you, you may not be ready to move to Mexico full time. We still recommend getting your residency as soon as you possibly can while you still qualify.

We don’t know what the future holds. And changes are usually done so fast that very little (if any) notice is given from immigration to the public. Plus- you don’t have to live in Mexico full time to remain a resident.

So, if you have the resources and the time we recommend getting your residency in Mexico before any other changes happen.

If you need help along the way, we have taken all the guesswork out of your move to Mexico with our COMPLETE Mexico Relocation Guide.

In it, you will get a step by step plan that is easy to follow and you will also get instant access to our directory of contacts across Mexico who can help solve some of the most common topics such as immigration, pet transporters, moving companies, facilitators, relocation tours and a variety of other things you may need assistance with.

Special Program That Gives You 4 Year Temporary Visa Without Income Requirements

I recently wrote a blog post about a special regularization program the Mexican government is offering. It allows people who meet specific criteria to earn a 4 Temp Residency Visa WITHOUT having to prove economic solvency

Read the full article here

These are some of the criteria you have to meet

  • 1 visit to Mexico within 2015-2021 *in most cases
  • Be in Mexico currently with an expired FMM or Tourist Permit – some cities have different rules about the length of your newest FMM
  • Pay a fine of about $14,000 MXN
  • Plus pay any fees your immigration facilitator may charge


So how can you stay up to date?

If you didn’t already know this I have a regular newsletter that goes out to all my subscribers. That’s the fastest and best way for you to know about the updates I share with everyone. I also share a variety of tips about moving to Mexico. And all of our upcoming live streams. Subscribe to it here

And to help you guys even further, Retired Life in Mexico NO BULL and I are creating a series of videos on Youtube for you guys that will be available very soon. Where we cover these changes, and a few other noteworthy topics regarding your move to Mexico. That way you are always up to date with the latest information.

Consider subscribing to his channel to follow this new series. Coming very soon!

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Reader Interactions


  1. Marvin and Evelyn Jacobs says

    Mariana, will the relocation facilitator be able to obtain INM appointment in advance for us in Cabo San Lucas? We plan to be there on September 5 to October 8 to complete step 2 for our Permanent Resident card.
    We have enjoyed your YouTube channel!

    Thank you,
    Marvin and Evelyn Jacobs

    • Mariana Lange says

      Hi guys

      I would recommend reaching out to one of our recommended facilitators in Los Cabos to consult how long you should plan to be in Mexico.
      Things change quickly regarding immigration, so one thing to keep in mind is that whatever is true today can be wildly different by September.

  2. Bruce Topey says

    I have my Permanent visa stamp in my passport. I’ll be going to Merida in September, & need the address of an INM OFFICE there to complete the process. Can you provide this with a phone number as well? A contact person fluent in Spanish would also be a great help – for a fee if necessary. Thanks,


    • Mariana Lange says

      Hi Bruce
      Yes absolutely- all that information is in our COMPLETE Mexico Relocation Guide
      when you buy the guide you get access to the INM offices around Mexico and you also get the contact info for immigration facilitators that can help you out

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