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Mexico Has Its Own Immigration Problem: US Citizens Overstaying Their Visas

Anjalee Khemlani - Latin Post
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November 26, 2014

Immigration relations between the U.S. and Mexico is often portrayed as single-lane highway into the U.S., but the reality is that Mexico is constantly dealing with an influx of American retirees, the Washington Post reported.

In fact, the Mexican government created a special visa just for those individuals who offer the country an economic boost.

The Residente Temporal visa is especially provided to individuals who do not work in Mexico but are economically self-sufficient. This includes the about 1 million American citizens who have crossed the border to retire in a warmer climate that offers great food and a lower cost of living.

The visa is for what the country considers "temporary residents" who stay for longer than 180 days but less than four years, according to the Mexican government's website.

The new type of visa went into effect in 2012, when the government revamped its visa system and restricted tourist visas to 180 days.

...Mexico does firmly remind U.S. citizens heading to major retirement areas to get their visas, but if they do not, they are essentially given amnesty.

Read the whole story at Latin Post

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