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Old 11-12-2013, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Ocean Beach, San Diego CA
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This seems a silly question but I've been googling for what seems like forever and can't come up with an actual answer

Can a US resident legally live in Tijuana (renting an apartment) and work in San Diego while maintaining their US residency (given they have a permanent address in San Diego)? If not, are the Americans that live in Tijuana and work in San Diego doing so under the radar? Or are they actually giving up their US residency? How does it all work?
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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This seems a silly question but I've been googling for what seems like forever and can't come up with an actual answer

Can a US resident legally live in Tijuana (renting an apartment) and work in San Diego while maintaining their US residency (given they have a permanent address in San Diego)? If not, are the Americans that live in Tijuana and work in San Diego doing so under the radar? Or are they actually giving up their US residency? How does it all work?
You don't have to give up your US citizenship if you live in Tijuana and work in San Diego. I live in Tijuana, work in San Diego, and use a PMB for my address. I've had PMB's for years, I didn't get it just because I moved to Tijuana. The only mail that I get at home is my electric bill and Internet bill.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Ocean Beach, San Diego CA
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So basically, Mexico just doesn't care?
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Old 11-12-2013, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Bonita, CA
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I would like to add and clarify something here very important and it may just a matter of semantics or the phrase that is being used in the original question.

You used the term "US resident". There is a difference between a "US resident" and a "US citizen".

A US resident is an immigrant legally residing in the United States. US residents are often referred to as "Green Card Holders" or resident aliens. They do not have the full rights and responsibilities of a US citizen.

A US citizen refers to individuals born in the United States or that have derived citizenship through parents' US citizenship. This is legal apparatus of Jus Soli and Jus Sanguinis. You may also become a US citizen through naturalization. Usually after you have been a US resident for a minimum of three to five years depending on the way you became a resident alien.

If you are a US citizen you are free to live in whatever country you wish, nor do you have to give up any right to US citizenship. I am not sure about the law in Mexico and requirements to live there, as I am not a Mexican lawyer or immigrante. But I am almost sure there are FM3/2 visa requirements to do so, but again, this is not my area of expertise, so I will leave it at that. Mind you one last thing for US citizens; the long arm of the IRS and US Justice system does reach into our neighbors to the south.

If you are a US resident alien, you may not live in Mexico, or any other country. That is the purpose of immigrating to the US and obtaining residency-to live in the US. Legally, and I mean this word in all seriousness, if you are a resident alien living outside the US, you are giving up your status as a resident alien.
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Ocean Beach, San Diego CA
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Sorry about the confusion, I just didn't get my terminology right. I did mean US citizen, born here, whole family is from here, etc.

Thanks for the FM3/2 mention, you'd really expect this type of thing be easier to find info on, lol !
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Bonita, CA
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To have the most definitive answer on the requirements for living in Mexico, I would consult with the Mexican Consulate on India Street in Little Italy.
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:26 AM
 
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I used to live in Guadalajara, Mexico as a US citizen, but the requirements are the same for any part of the country. An FM3 is a tourist visa, which allows you to stay in Mexico for 6 months at a time. An FM2 is a resident visa. You have to prove $2,000 + in income per month or $100,000 + in assets or $200,000 + in property to qualify.

You do not have to give up US residency, even if you become a citizen of Mexico.
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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If you have any more questions, check out the Mexico Expat forum, or the Baja Nomad forum. The Americans living everywhere in Mexico will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
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Old 11-13-2013, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Ocean Beach, San Diego CA
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You guys have all been great, thanks so much for the info and directions on where I can get even more info!!

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Old 11-13-2013, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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I used to live in Guadalajara, Mexico as a US citizen, but the requirements are the same for any part of the country. An FM3 is a tourist visa, which allows you to stay in Mexico for 6 months at a time. An FM2 is a resident visa. You have to prove $2,000 + in income per month or $100,000 + in assets or $200,000 + in property to qualify.

You do not have to give up US residency, even if you become a citizen of Mexico.
This is all true, but if you live in the "border zone," it isn't necessary to have a FM2 or obtain an FM3.
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