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The Mexican Constitution states that Mexicans nationals by birth are:
Some ways to become a Mexican Citizen include proving residence (being a Temporary and / or Permanent Resident) in Mexico for five years immediately prior to the submission of the application, or an individual married to a Mexican national residing in Mexico who fulfills the requirements set forth in Mexican laws who have lived with the spouse for two years immediately prior to the date of the application.
And, for others who have two years of residency and:
For an expat with 5 years of residency one needs a letter from INM stating what was your visa status 5 years ago, provide a copy of your visas covering those 5 or 2 years and a record of when you exited and entered Mexico during that time. This I can process at INM for you. In the 2 years maximum time allowed out of the country is 180 days.
Everyone, regardless of age, has a Spanish comprehension test. There are five multiple choice questions in Spanish. The sixth question is the applicant being presented a photo and the applicant asked to describe in 3 full sentences using subject, verb and predicate, what you see in the photo. One photo for example may be of Chiapas and another photo may the heritage site of Xochimilco and the trajineras. Your Spanish language skills have to be at least upper high school level. You are allowed to write the test up to 3 times.
Those over age 60 do not have to write a test in Spanish with questions pertaining to Mexico’s history, geography etc. Those 60 and under write the test. This is multiple choice with 10 questions.
Your birth certificate has to be legalized (Canadian) or Apostille (American) and both the birth certificate and apostille / legalized document needs to be translated in Mexico by a certified translator. If applying based on two years being married to a Mexican national and married outside of Mexico the marriage license in addition to the birth certificate must be Apostille / legalized and then translated by a certified translator in Mexico. Individuals are responsible for the apostille / legalization and I can arrange for a certified translator.
Required are three photos, passport size 4.5 x 3.5 cm with a white background, front view, no glasses, etc.
The name on your passport must exactly match your name on your birth certificate. If not, your consulate or embassy can provide a letter stating the documents are for one and the same person.
One needs two criminal records. One is from the state in which you live and one is Federal. For the latter, one goes to Mexico City. I arrange for you to be accompanied for both background checks and I pay the required fees.
I complete the required form and submit a letter to INM requesting your visa history plus how many times and duration of your time outside of you Mexico in past two years. You also require a chart indicating when you left, when you returned, where you went and the page number in your passport with the stamps confirming this. One also needs copies of complete passport. There are two trips to the SRE office in Queretaro. One is to submit your documents and one is for your interview. The two trips to SRE are about a week apart. In both cases I do the driving.
All submitted documents are to be in triplicate
The process takes 6 to 8 months.
Cost 5020 pesos for 2018. Passport fee is ~ 2300 pesos depending on how many years you request.
No Bad Days!
On numerous occassions I was asked to assist with Citizenship. I hesitated as there are many steps including apostille / legalization, certified translation, two background checks at the state and federal level, two INM requests, forms to complete and so much paper work that a final file is well over 2 inches thick. The background checks have a 90 day expiration so sequence and timing are critical. But people were frustrated as one of their few options was a local lawyer who was charging very high fees and making applicants travel to Mexico City to file citizenship applications because he was turned away at the SRE office in Queretaro. And, once there, their applications were never accepted due to numerous errors.
I studied the law, the requirements and I met with Inmigracion staff in San Miguel and citizenship staff at SRE in Queretaro. I travelled to Mexico City and personally requested a background check to learn that process. I completed state background checks in San Miguel.
For my clients, I apply at Inmigracion on their behalf for the required visa and time out-of-country history. My assistant in Mexico obtains your federal background check. Locally, together, we complete the state background check. My clients are driven by me to SRE, the citizenship office in Queretaro to submit applications and again for their interview. My clients are from as far away as Manzanillo area. Thank for your confidence in me.