Mexico

Legal Residency Program

Mexico offers more or less immediate access to a permanent residence permit for those able to demonstrate relatively modest incomes or assets. Though qualification through investments in real estate or equities are also possible, no investment is required as proof of income is alone sufficient.

The program offers a path to Mexican citizenship in as little as five years. The Mexican passport enable visa-free travel to 158 destinations, including the Schengen countries.

Though no physical presence is required to maintain the residency status, those who wish to eventually naturalize must spend no less than 180 days a year in Mexico.

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Program at a glance

Program TypeIndependent Means Visa
Time to citizenship5 years
Time to permanent residencyImmediately upon approval if income requirement met
Minimum investmentNone. Proof of US$1,415 monthly income
Physical presence requirementNone at residency stage (See Path to Citizenship)
Application processing time2-3 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to158 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableNo investment required

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Direct Citizenship Programs

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