The Mexican government came up with a program to legalize people in Mexico. Under these terms, anyone who came to Mexico between 2015 and 2020, even if just for a day as a tourist, can claim a 4 year temporary residency permit.

No need to start the process at a Mexican embassy or Consulate as is usually the case. You can apply for it directly in Mexico.

As things stand, after 4 years you can claim permanent residency, even if you barely spent any time in Mexico during the 4 years. Permanent residency in Mexico is truly permanent, it not does expire nor does it require you to come back to Mexico once in a while to keep it active.

Also, it is easy to be both a resident of Mexico and a non tax resident of Mexico, for those of you who are worried 🙂

In this very short video, my Mexican immigration agent Sergei elaborated on the program.

Alternatively, you can read the full transcript below

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Full transcript of “Easy 4 year residency for past tourists in Mexico”

LADISLAS MAURICE: Hello, everyone. Ladislas Maurice from So today, we’re going to be discussing a unique immigration program by the Mexican government, which makes obtaining residency here extremely easy. So I’m here with Sergei who helped me obtain residency here in Mexico. So Sergei, can you tell us about this special program, because we don’t know how long it’s going to last? But it’s very, very appealing.

SERGEI: Yeah. Hello, everybody. It’s amazing program. When you visit Mexico just once during 2015 till 2020, you can come again, show the passport with a stamp that you visited before, we check information on the immigration system that you’re in the system, and we can start this program. By this program, you will get the residency card for four years, it’s maximum. It’s temporary residency. And after these four years, you can continue with a permanent residency. It’s really easy. It’s the cheapest program, and for this year it’s working. Next year, we will see.

LADISLAS MAURICE: Yeah, so it’s quite amazing. So essentially, if you just came here to, I don’t know, for spring break to Cancun or something just once, yeah, you can become a resident for four years. You just need to come here, you don’t even need to start the paperwork at the consulate.

SERGEI: No, nothing. Nothing.

LADISLAS MAURICE: You literally just come here to Mexico. There’s paperwork involved. Sergei helps with that. And then you leave with a four-year residency card. Then you can show up, if the rules don’t change, in three years and 10 months and essentially apply for permanent residency. So this is absolutely unique. So why is the government doing this? Because it sounds like too good to be true.

SERGEI: Because a lot of people stay here after they expired their immigration forms. And they say that we love Mexico, we want to spend a long time here. And they make this special program almost because of visitation.

LADISLAS MAURICE: Cool. So it’s like essentially, it’s an amnesty for illegal immigrants.


LADISLAS MAURICE: But anyone who is a tourist and came to Mexico between 2015 and 2020 qualifies for this. So it’s really quite amazing. So if you’re interested in this program, I know a lot of people will be very interested, there’s a link below with more information on Sergei’s services. And you can get in touch with him directly, and he can help you through the whole process.

SERGEI: Yeah, absolutely.

LADISLAS MAURICE: Fantastic. Sergei, thank you.

SERGEI: Yeah, you’re welcome. Bye.