Vacation. live in or Retire to Mexico - Free Seminar ion Vancovuoer Calgary and Toronto -


I am a Canadian who wants to retire to Mexico.  Can it be done?
david ingram replies:
Certainly!  An American or a Canadian can retire to Mexico quite easily with the acquisition of an FM-2 or FM-3 visa.
David Holroyd who works here during the tax season is a good example.  He decided to move to Mexico back in 1994. Today, he is a Mexican Citizen living in Guadalajara who comes up and helps me out for six or seven months.  The only thing wrong for David is that he is here for half the winter when it is definitely warmer in Mexico.
A tourist needs an FMT visa and it is important that it not be lost becasue it has to be turned in when you leave the country.  Typically FMT's are issued for 90 days if you arrive by plane and up to 180 days if you arrive by automobile.  If you go by plane, you can renew the FMT for an additional 90 days by visiting any Mexican Immigration office. Whatever you do, do NOT work with an FMT.  Do NOT even volunteer at a local animal shelter or library. You can get the FMT application at the airport as you board your flight atr any Mexican Consulate or at the border if you drive over.  It is available on the ship if you are on a cruise.  If you are sailing your own boat, make sure you have it in your possession BEFORE sailing into Mexican waters. i.e. stop at a border point and get it as you enter.
If you want to go for up to a year as a non-immigrant, you require an FM-3.  This visa can be renewed on an annual basis and after 5 years, you can upgrade to an FM-2 or just renew the FM-3 -  The FM-3 is a non-immgrant visa that does NOT allow you to work or perform ANY services - DO NOT work with an FMT either.
If you obtained your FM-3 through a Mexican Consulate, you must register it with a local Mexican Immigration Offioce within 45 days of entering Mexico.
This is an immigration visa which must be renewed for five years before you can apply for a permanent resident status. You will likely want to use a Mexican attorney to help you with this one for the first year.
The visa MUST be obtained through a Mexican consulate
There are 4 in Canada at:

710-1177 West Hastings St., Vancouver, B.C. V6E 2K3
Tel: (604) 684-1859 * Fax: (604) 684-2485

Ottawa (Embassy of Mexico)
45 O'Connor Suite 1500, Ottawa, Ont. K1P 1A4 Tel: (613) 233 8988 * Fax: (613) 235 9123

199 Bay St., Suite 4440, Commerce Court West
Toronto, Ont. M5L 1E9
Tel: (416) 368-1847 * Fax: (416) 368-8141

2055 rue Peel, Suite 1000 Montreal, Québec, H3A 1V4 Canadá
Tel: (514) 288 2502 y (514) 288 2707 * Fax: (514) 288 8287

There are four in Arizona alone at:

1201 F Avenue, Douglas, AZ 85607
Tel: (520) 364-3142 * Fax: (520) 364-1379

571 N. Grand Ave., Nogales, AZ 85621
Tel: (520) 287-2521 * Fax: (520) 287-3175

1990 W. Camelback, Suite 110, Phoenix, AX 85015
Tel: (602) 242-7398 * Fax: 242-2957

553 S. Stone Ave., Tuscon, AZ 85701
Tel: (520) 882-5595 * Fax: (520) 882-8959
E-mail: [email protected]

and ten in California and an embassy in Washington and an excellent Consulate in New York (my favourite)  You can find lots to deal with.

I am not going to try and answer this in any more depth because you live in Toronto and if that is what you want to do, you should be attending a seminar I will be speaking at at the University of
Toronto on Saturday, October 25th.
I will be speaking for 1/2 hour at 10:00 AM and for 1 and 1/2 hours at 3:15
As you will see below, I am also speaking in Vancouver on the 18th and Calgary on the 19th.
An Agenda of the seminar and the speakers and topics can be found at:
If the page does not come through properly, you can go directly to the seminar page for directions, times, places, etc.  The seminars are free to attend . 

See the actual page at:

I will be speaking on the tax ramifications at three vacation or retire to Mexico seminars  in the next two weeks in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto as follows:

Vancouver - Saturday, October 18, 2008  -- Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre
  • Calgary -- Sunday, October 19, 2008 -- Delta Bow Valley 209-4th Avenue SE, Calgary
  • Toronto -- Saturday, October 25, 2008 -- University of Toronto, 89 Chestnut Street
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