Immigration Law Questions? Ask an Immigration Lawyer.
Good afternoon, I am an Immigration Law attorney and former Prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office. I'll be answering your questions today, please understand this is for informational purposes only, and we do not currently have an attorney-client relationship. Please allow me just a few minutes to prepare some information for you, thank you!
Mexico has both a Temporary Resident Visa (which can be valid for 1-4 years) and a Permanent Resident Immigrant Visa. It sounds that from your plans, you'd like to retire there on a permanent basis, and so I believe the Permanent Resident Immigrant Visa may be more suitable for you; there are a few ways to qualify for the Permanent Resident Visa. Keep in mind one of the ways to qualify for the permanent resident visa is to have held the temporary resident visa for 4 years.
Some of the ways you may qualify for the Permanent Resident Visa are:
1. have certain close family connections in Mexico
2. apply for retirement status and prove you have sufficient monthly income (or substantial assets) to support yourself
3. have 4 consecutive years of regular status as Temporary Resident
4. have 2 consecutive years of regular status as Temporary Resident where that the Temporary Visa was issued through marriage to a Mexican National or a foreign permanent resident
5. meet a minimum score under the Points System
Note: you do not need to meet ALL of these requirements, just one of them.
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I notice that you stated your monthly income from social security will be $2500 -- is that the amount each for your friend and yourself? I just want to bring to your attention that currently the income requirements for the resident visa is around $2,000/month for yourself, and $500 for each dependent.
If you have any other questions, I'm finishing work on the site for the evening, so I'm going to opt out so that another attorney can assist you. Best of luck to you!