Updated: Apr 7, 2021
One of the most important steps you will complete when moving or retiring to another country is the immigration residency process. Mexico is by far one of the easiest places to immigrate to and obtain a legal residence status. However, many people move or retire to Mexico on a 6-month tourist visa. Let me tell you that this is a bad idea and is not recommended. To understand why we only need to look at the unprecedented travel restrictions of the covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic left many people in limbo as to whether or not they would be able to get a tourist visa extension. Furthermore, the immigration systems have been upgraded to be more computerized, eliminating some of the loopholes and border runs that some people used for many years. These measures make it even more important to understand the immigration process and how to obtain legal residency status.