Jul 26, 2011, 11:43 AM
Post #13 of 23
We are also moving down to the Lake from Vancouver, BC at the end of Mar. 2012. With the new rules we plan on applying for our FM3's at the consulate in Vancouver prior to departure. Here is what the consulate website says the requirements are:
RETIREMENT IN MEXICO
(NON IMMIGRANT “VISITANTE-RENTISTA” VISA)
Foreigners wishing to retire in Mexico, or live on funds brought from abroad, must apply for a special visa called “No inmigrante Visitante-Rentista”.
Current Mexican Immigration Law states that this is applicable for those foreigners who wish to reside temporarily or permanently in Mexico as pensioners and live on funds or pensions brought from abroad. Such persons are not permitted to engage in any remunerative activity in Mexico. A foreigner meeting the requirements listed below may acquire retiree status for a year and must be renewed on a yearly basis in Mexico. After five years, the individual may apply for permanent resident status as an immigrant.
Canadian applicants are required to submit the following:
- Completed application form
- Valid passport (for at least one year).
- One recent front-view passport size photo (3.5 X 4.5 cm. no eye glasses, color, white background).
- Proof of financial resources. Income must be equivalent to US$1,000.00 per month, per applicant, plus US$500.00 per dependent, (letter from bank or financial advisor stating the monthly income or pension plan).
- Consular fee at the time of application.
The non-immigrant visa Visitante-Rentista permits the following:
· Multiple entries for duration of the visa.
· A renewal is granted by the Ministry of the Interior (Secretaría de Gobernación) and must be applied at any immigration office while in Mexico. The Visitante-Rentista visa must expire before a renewal is requested.
· Household goods may be imported temporarily into Mexico duty free after obtaining a permit at the Consulate. (Please refer to the instructions on “Household effects certificate for foreigners”).
· The Consular fee in Canadian funds can be paid in cash, company’s cheque or money order payable to the Consulate General of Mexico, no debit or credit card available.
It is emphasized that this visa does not allow employment or any lucrative activities in Mexico.
Under the recently reforms to the process, this Consulate will be issuing a consular visa, good for one entry and an official receipt of the payment, the applicant will have to refer to the Immigration Office in Mexico (Instituto Nacional de Migración) within 30 days of the entry into Mexico to get the No Inmigrante Visitante Rentista Card.