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Welcome to the Visa Section of the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia.

The visa department of the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia is open to the public Monday thru Thursday 3:30 pm to 5:00pm. In order to submit visa applications there is no appointment needed.

Once you provide all your paperwork and fulfill the requirements, you will get an appointment to obtain the visa.

 

General Information

 

Citizens from the following countries who wish to visit Mexico as tourists, in transit, for business, technical activities, as journalist or for studies, for a period not exceeding 180 days, and who will not receive any remuneration at all in Mexican territory, do not require a visa:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Norway, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela.

All foreign visitors, regardless of their nationality, traveling to Mexico for tourism, business or in transit to another destination, are exempt from presenting a Mexican visa as long as they have a valid visa issued by any the following countries: Canada, Japan, the United States of America, the United Kingdom or any of the countries comprising the Schengen Area.

In addition, foreign visitors who, regardless of their nationality, have a valid permanent resident card from Canada, Japan, the United States of America, the United Kingdom or any of the countries comprising the Schengen Area, do not require a Mexican visa.

To enter Mexican territory the above travellers must present:

  • A valid passport or travel document. Mexican authorities do not require a minimum period of validity of the passport; nevertheless, this document must be valid during the length of stay in Mexico.
  • A properly completed Multiple Migratory Form (FMM); this form will be provided to you by the airline or at the port of entry.
  • Migratory authorities at the port of entry may request documents proving the purpose of your trip, depending on the activity you will undertake in Mexico: tourism (hotel reservation, itinerary of your return or departure); business (letter in Spanish from the company indicating that you are an employee of the company and that the services you will provide in Mexico will be paid for by that company, or a letter of invitation from a public or private institution to perform non-remunerated activities in Mexico, indicating the purpose of the trip, estimated time of stay and taking responsibility for your travel and lodging costs); technicians (a copy of the contract for the transfer of technology, patents and brands, purchase of machinery and equipment, technical training of personnel, or any other related to the production process of a company established in Mexico); student (letter of invitation or acceptance from any institution pertaining to the National Educational System to take courses, conduct a research project or undertake academic training for a maximum period of 180 days.

If the US visa stamped in your passport already expired but you have an official document or form proving your legal status in USA, you should apply for a Mexican visa at this Consulate (I-797 A Forms, Advance Parole Forms, I-20 OR DS-2019 Forms won’t be good enough for entering to Mexico).  

Visitors on cruise ships:

Visitors who travel on cruise ships that disembark at any Mexican port to visit the port and surrounding zones and embark on the same ship to continue their voyage, do not require a visa and will have collective permission under the category of “visitor without permission to conduct remunerated activities”.

Important Note:

Immigration authorities may decide to refuse the request to enter the country if the applicant is subject to criminal process or has been convicted of a serious crime as defined by national laws on criminal matters or provisions in international treaties or conventions that the Mexican State is party to, or if the applicant’s background in Mexico or abroad could compromise national or public security, in accordance with Article 43 of the Migration Law.

At the point of entry, Mexico’s immigration officers (INAMI) are the only authority that can accept or refuse the entry of any traveller into Mexico, regardless of whether the traveller has previously attained a visa or is exempted from obtaining one.  

 

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Visitors without work authorization

Visa for visitors without authorization

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are traveling to Mexico for vacations, transit, business, technical activities, artistic activities, scientific activities, sport activities, correspondent or journalist, ministers of religion.
  • You will be in Mexico for up to 180 days.
  • You don´t have a work authorization.

Requirements:

  • Apply at this Consulate in person
  • Fill out the Application form
  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions
  • Valid US visa for multiple entries and one photocopy (only for non-US citizens) and valid I-94 and/or I-20 or J-1 or I-797A Form in original and one photocopy
  • One photo passport size (size 1.5 x 1.3/4 inches), in color, no glasses
  • Proof of address in USA (leasing, bills with magnetic band issued by US Postal Service, etc)
  • Original financial records:

-              Last three months of your bank statements, or

-              Last three months of pay stubs, employment letter specifying your position and salary and the last three months of your bank statments.

 

  • If a company/organization in Mexico is sponsoring or inviting the foreign national, the applicant can submit an original invitation letter* from them (the invitation must have a letterhead, address and signed in ink. Scanned or pdf versions won´t be accepted)
  • Payment or Consular fee $36.00 US dollars

NOTE:

To apply, minors (under 18 years old) must be accompanied by parents (or legal guardian) and to submit original and official documentation proving filiation (relationship between parents and child) or legal status as a legal guardian.

*Invitation Letter

  • Original Invitation Letter from the company/organization based in Mexico must be addressed to the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia requesting the visa and specifying:

                - Exact purpose or activity and length of time for the trip to Mexico

                - How your expenses will be covered

                - Applicant´s full name, nationality

                - Registration number of the company/organization, plus address, complete name and contact information of the company/organization

                - Copy of ID of the person who signed the invitation letter

 

 

Lucrative

Visa for visitors with authorization for lucrative activities

  • If the purpose of entering into Mexico is working there and you will receive a salary or payment (lucrative activities), you will have to apply for a prior authorization to the National Immigration Institute in Mexico. In that case, you will receive an authorization number (NUT number).
  • As soon as the NUT authorization has been issued you must be in contact with this Consulate in order to schedule one appointment and to process a visa. Once you make the appointment you only will have 10 days for the interview and the issuance of your visa.
  • Schedule one appointment
  • Fill out the Application form

Adoption

Visa for the purpose of adoption

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are traveling to Mexico in order to complete the legal process to adopt a child
  • You have received a report to be matched with a child (informe de adoptabilidad o pre-asignación) Issued by the “State System for the Full Development of the Family” (SIstema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, -DIF-)

Requirements:

  • Apply at this Consulate in person
  • Schedule one appointment
  • Fill out the Application form
  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions
  • One photo passport size(size 1.5 x 1.3/4 inches), in color, no glasses
  • Report to be matched with a child (informe de adoptabilidad o pre-asignación) Issued by the “State System for the Full Development of the Family” (Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, -DIF-). Original and 1 copy
  • Letter of acceptance and that you will continue processing a child´s adoption (issued by the Central Authority in Mexico). Original and 1 copy
  • Consular fee

Temporary

Visa for Temporary Residents

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are traveling to Mexico for retirement, investments, professional activities, technical activities, artistic activities, scientific activities, and sport activities or as a minister of religion
  • You will be in Mexico more than 180 days
  • You don´t have a work authorization

Requirements:

  • Apply at this Consulate in person
  • Schedule one appointment
  • Fill out the Application form
  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions
  • Valid US visa for multiple entries and one photocopy
  • Valid I-94 and/or I-20 or J-1 or I-797A Form in original and one photocopy
  • One photo passport size, no glasses
  • Original financial records (last twelve months of your bank statements in US Dollars, last twelve months of pay stubs, employment letter specifying your position and salary and the last twelve months of international credit card statements. You can also submit official documents proving the ownership of a property/company/business) and one photocopy of them or a yearly social security statement
  • If a company/organization/association in Mexico is sponsoring or inviting the foreign national, the applicant can submit an original invitation letter* from them (the invitation must have a letterhead, address and signed in ink. Scanned or pdf versions won’t be accepted). Ministers of religion should submit original letter of “anuencia” (consent) of the Ministry of the Interior (Secretaría de Gobernación) from Mexico
  • Consular fee

Invitation Letter

  • Original Invitation Letter from the company/organization/association based in Mexico must be addressed to the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia requesting the visa and specifying:
    • Exact purpose or activity and length of time for the trip to Mexico
    • How your expenses will be covered
    • Applicant´s full name
    • Registration number of the company/organization, plus address, complete name and contact information of the company/organization
    • Copy of ID of the person who signed the invitation letter