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FM2 - Mexico's Immigrant Visas

If your goal is to seek long-term residency in Mexico, or to become a Mexican Citizen, you should apply for FM2 status (or request a change of status from FM3 to FM2) so that your time starts counting towards the qualification period as soon as possible.

The FM2 must be held for a full consecutive five-year period before you may apply for "immigrant" status or Mexican Citizenship. For long-term residency in Mexico, or to become a Mexican Citizen, you should apply for FM2 status (or request a change of status from FM3 to FM2) so that your time starts counting towards the qualification period as soon as possible.

You may apply for a FM2 visa while in Mexico and in possession of a FMT (Tourist/Business Visitors Visa) or a FM3. Mexican Consulates abroad do not process requests for FM2 visas.

You do not, under Mexican law, need to surrender your national passport, which you'll use when you return to your home country: either for visits, or when returning home to dwell.

You don't have to surrender your natural citizenship to be granted full resident status in Mexico , nor to become a naturalized Mexican. Full resident status or naturalization entitles you to all rights and benefits of a Mexican National (live, work, claim state benefits and to pay taxes) but you cannot vote in Mexican elections.

Who can apply for an FM2

  • Retirees
  • Investors
  • Professionals
  • Technical or Scientific Professions
  • Artist and Sports People

Acquiring Mexican Citizenship is an involved process. As a minimum, you must have been living in Mexico for 5 years with an FM2 visa (2 years under special circumstances) and have applied for and been granted permanent resident status. Marriage to a Mexican national may allow Citizenship without the residency requirement. 

 

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