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FM3, FM2 – changes and notifications

In Mexico, foreigners need to have a permit/visa to stay in the country longer than the days allowed by the tourist card/visa.

There are certain benefits and obligations to having a visa in Mexico, the most common of which is an FM3. See our article on obtaining the visa here.

When a person moves to Mexico or spends a large portion of the year in Mexico he/she may consider obtaining an FM3. This allows the visa holder to be able to buy a car in Mexico, buy a home (though foreigners can buy a home also and a trust or corporation may be required), open a bank account, seek IMSS Mexican medical insurance on the social security program, keep a foreign car in the country, apply for the senior citizens’ discounts and benefits card, etc. Foreigners are not entitled to such benefits.

The system of obtaining and maintaining an FM document and status can be daunting for some. We make the process as smooth as possible for our clients. Often times, clients get themselves into trouble when they fail to notify us/the Mexican government of changes. A permit or notification to the government is required under the following circumstances and it is important to do the notification in a timely manner as there are time restrictions to the procedures. Failure to notify the government or failure to do so within the time restriction can result in hefty fines.

Notifications are required for the following changes. Please consult an expert to see if your situation requires a notification:

  • Change of address
  • Change of employer or economic activity
  • Change of marital status
  • Change of name
  • Having children (registering children)
  • Arrival in Mexico if you have obtained your FM document before coming to Mexico
  • Buying and selling vehicles
  • Keeping a vehicle in the country that was brought in under a tourist visa
  • Buying and selling property
  • Marrying a Mexican

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