Lawyer Spencer McMullen, a talented attorney serving the Chapala expat community, has reported that the Chapala INM office (and Guadalajara INM office) have changed their requirements for applying for Residente Permanente when the applicant has NOT yet completed 4 continuous prior years of Temporary Residence (FM2, FM3, Residente Temporal combined): Permanent Residency applicants who want to qualify for RP status solely using $130,000 of retirement savings are now being told that they must have also at least some ($1) of monthly pension income to qualify. Mexican Consulates in Boston and San Francisco have also used this requirement in the past, because the INM Law & Lineamientos clearly describe the "personal fiscal solvency" Requisitos as being for "Jubilados" (retired people).
We suspect more INM offices will be adopting this new interpretation of INM law, so we ask readers to write in with information on how their local INM office and how their Consulates are qualifying Residente Permanentes, specifying whether the person be formally retired and receiving at least some pension income (or not). Thanks!
Note that RP applicants who have completed 4 years of prior temporary residency in Mexico may or may not have to show financials - depending on their local INM office or local Mexican Consulate rules. We'd love to also hear about how your local office handles this.
As always, Yucalandia authors present material this is only for informational and entertainment purposes only. All important fiscal, financial, tax, immigration, Customs/Aduana matters should be discussed with an appropriate expert.
Readers who want more details on Moving to Mexico & Immigration rules and procedures can find lots o' details at our main article: New Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico
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