Mexico, situated in the southern part of North America, is a country rich in cultural diversity, history, and natural beauty. Known for its vibrant traditions, delicious cuisine, and ancient archaeological sites, Mexico offers a unique blend of modernity and tradition. From an investment perspective, Mexico presents enticing opportunities for foreigners. Its strategic geographical location as a gateway to the Americas, coupled with a large and youthful population, makes it an attractive market for various industries. The country has established itself as a major player in manufacturing, particularly in the automotive and electronics sectors. With a growing middle class and a robust tourism industry, Mexico stands out as an investment destination with the potential for both short-term gains and long-term sustainability.

Mexico Legal Residency Programme

The Mexico Legal Residency Programme offers various avenues for foreigners to establish residency in the country, each with specific requirements. There are both temporary and permanent residency route available depending on the amount invested.

  • Monthly Income Route:
    Temporary Residency: Minimum monthly income of $3,275 USD for the last 12 months.
    Permanent Residency: Minimum monthly income of $5,460 USD for the last 12 months.
  • Personal Savings/Investments Route:
    Temporary Residency: Savings/investments totalling at least $54,600 USD over the last 12 months.
    Permanent Residency: Savings/investments totalling at least $218,000 USD over the last 12 months.
  • Homeownership Route:
    Property must have a market value of at least $8,297,600 MXN (approx. $437,000 USD).
    Property must be in Mexico, debt-free, and the applicant’s name must match that on the title deed/sales contract.
  • Capital Investment in a Mexican Company Route (Temporary Residency):
    Capital investment of at least $4,148,800 MXN (approx.$218,000 USD) following specific guidelines.
    More complex application process compared to other economic solvency routes.

Mexico Golden Visa and Citizenship Investment

Mexico does not currently offer a golden visa or citizenship by investment programme similar to those offered by some other countries. Such golden visa programmes often allow individuals to obtain citizenship or residency rights through substantial investment, typically in real estate, national development funds, or local businesses. According to Mexico’s naturalisation law, those who have legally resided in Mexico for a minimum of five years are eligible to apply for Mexican Citizenship 

Mexico Passport Strength and Ranking

Mexico’s passport holds significant global standing, ranking at 54th on La Vida’s comprehensive Global Passport Ranking. Should Mexico ever decide to launch an official Citizenship by Investment programme, the strength of Mexican passport will be a very attractive aspect for many.  Mexico offers visa-free access to 173 countries worldwide, constituting an impressive 76.2% of global travel and a substantial 52.1% of global wealth (measured by GDP). Passport’s of similar strength include St Kitts, Grenada and Antigua.


Citizenship and Residency by Investment Programmes

See below a selection of countries offering residency and citizenship investment programmes.