A permanent resident visa is only available for people that want to live more than 4 consecutive years in Mexico and have already retired, or are blood-related (child, parent or sibling) to a Mexican citizen or a permanent resident of Mexico.
All visas are processed at the Mexican Embassy (14 Perth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT 2600). The physical presence of the applicant at the Embassy is an absolute requirement.
1. Visa application, which can be downloaded .
2. Copy of current passport.
3. One passport size photograph with white background and visible facial traits (i.e. the hair not to cover the face)
4. Copy of valid Australian visa, either stamped or electronic (for non-Australian citizens), as proof that you are legally residing in Australia.
NOTE: All applicants must be legally in Australia at the moment of applying for a Mexican visa.
5. For retirees:
a. Proof of economic solvency by investments or income.
i. Investments. Statements issued by a bank and/or financial institution showing an average monthly balance of at least $120, 000 AUD for each and every single month over the past twelve months, counting backwards from the date of the application.
ii. Income. Proof of regular, steady income for each and every single one of the past six months, counting backwards from the date of the application, of at least $3,000 AUD (after taxes). Income has to be substantiated by presenting payment slips and bank statements that match the amounts indicated.
6. For people related to a Mexican citizen.
a. Mexican birth certificate of the Mexican citizen and:
b. Documents proving the family relationship between the applicant and the Mexican citizen:
i. If the applicant is the parent of a Mexican citizen: Mexican birth certificate of the son/daughter.
ii. If the applicant is son/daughter of the spouse of a Mexican citizen: birth certificate of the applicant and marriage certificate between the parent and the Mexican citizen.
iii. If the applicant is the sibling of a Mexican citizen: birth certificate of the applicant.
c. The physical presence of the Mexican citizen is required.
Important: When the spouses of Mexican citizens do not have Mexican children, they can apply for a , as they cannot apply for a Permanent Resident Visa solely on the basis of marriage.
7. For people related to a permanent resident of Mexico.
a. Mexican permanent resident visa o permanent resident card.
b. Documents proving the family relationship between the applicant and the permanent resident:
i. If the applicant is the parent of a permanent resident: birth certificate of the son/daughter.
ii. If the applicant is a minor and the son/daughter of the permanent resident: birth certificate of the applicant.
iii. If the applicant is the underage sibling of a permanent resident and is under his legal guardianship: birth certificate of the applicant.
iv. If the applicant is the underage son/daughter of the spouse of a permanent resident and is under his legal guardianship: birth certificate of the applicant and marriage certificate of the parent with the permanent resident citizen.
c. Proof of economic solvency to cover the expenses of each and every family member:
i. Investments. Statements issued by a bank and/or financial institution showing an average monthly balance of at least $600 AUD per family member.
ii. Income. Proof of regular, steady income for each and every single one of the past six months, counting backwards from the date of the application, of at least $600 AUD (after taxes) for each family member.
d. The physical presence of the permanent resident is required.
IMPORTANT: Documents that are not in either Spanish or English need to be accompanied by a certified translation into Spanish. Furthermore, any official documents that are not issued by Australian authorities need to be legalized/apostilled.
How to apply
1. Choose a date and time for an appointment via MEXITEL: . NOTE: that you can change the language of MEXITEL by clicking on the flags on the upper right corner. If more than one person will apply for the visa, each applicant must have their own appointment.
2. On the day of the appointment, you will be required to appear before the Embassy of Mexico with your passport, visa application form (with the passport sized photo affixed to it) and all supporting documents (original and copy) for a consular interview. There is no visa processing done online or through post. If the applicant is a minor, the parents will need to appear as well, showing the minor’s birth certificate and their official IDs.
NOTE: The original passport, complete visa application form, photograph and all other supporting documents must be brought to the embassy on the day of the appointment
3. On the day of the appointment, the biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) will be taken, the visa fee will be paid and the consular interview will be held. After the Consular interview, the applicant will leave all documentation at the embassy, including their passport, for processing.
4. Within five days of the consular interview, you will be notified by phone or email if the visa will be granted. After the notification, the passports will be ready for collection at the embassy. If you cannot collect the passport in person, you can either give someone else a simple authorisation letter (signed by you, them and a copy of their ID) or leave a self-addressed prepaid Express Post “signature on delivery” envelope at the embassy, which will be used to send your passport back, under strict responsibility of the applicant.
· Consular fees are updated every month and you are required to check the updated fee before your appointment on the following .
· Visa fees, regardless if the visa is issued or denied, must be paid on the day of the appointment.
· Visa fees will have to be paid in exact cash, since consular officers do not have change. Card payments are not accepted.
· Permanent resident visas have a validity of six months from the issue date.
· Upon arrival in Mexico, the visa must be exchanged within the first 30 days at any office of the National Migration Institute (INM) for a permanent resident card. More information on the process, including requirements, costs and the location of the INM officers can be found (in Spanish).
Additional information to take into consideration
· Spouses of Mexican citizens or permanent residents can apply for a , as they cannot apply for a Permanent Resident Visa solely on the basis of marriage.
· Submitting the required documents or having an appointment for the consular interview does not mean that the visa will be approved. Further information might be requested by the Consular agent in charge of processing your application
· Due to high demand, we advise that you start your visa application at least six weeks ahead of your planned travel date.
· We strongly advise NOT to make any travel arrangements until a decision on your visa has been made. The embassy will not take any responsibility for any plane tickets purchased before your visa has been approved.
· ALL THE DOCUMENTS SENT VIA EMAIL WILL HAVE TO BE PRESENTED IN ORIGINALS THE DAY OF THE APPOINTMENT. Bank statements and other financial information will have to be presented in its original paper form (i.e. paper statements). If the original comes from an electronic statement or file, a printout certified by the financial institution (e.g. stamped) will have to be handed to the Embassy during the appointment.
Embassy of Mexico in Australia
14 Perth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT 2600
+61 (02) 6273 3963