Department for Documentation of Foreigner Nationals

(Visas Department)

IMPORTANT:

Effective January 1, 2017 all visa applications, in any of its categories, will have a cost of $ 36.00 USD. The fee will be collected at the time of the consular interview and will not be refundable. Payment of the application does not guarantee the approval or issuance of the requested visa.

All applications must be requested through the corresponding application form. No requests will be received if this requirement is not submitted at the beginning of the interview.

Application form

General Information:

(Effective May 18th 2016)

  • All foreigners, regardless their nationality, are required to present a valid and not expired passport or travel document when entering Mexico (traveling by air, land or sea).
  • If you are a Permanent Resident of the following countries: Canada, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and any of the countries of the Schengen Area, you do not need a visa to enter Mexico for tourism, business or transit purposes. All individuals in this category are required to present their valid and unexpired Resident Card along with their passports. Both documents must be valid during your entire stay in Mexico. US travel document holders must present a US valid Permanent Resident when entering Mexico if they are nationals of the countries listed in the following link: http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Paises_Visa
  • If you have a valid and unexpired visa of the following countries: Canada, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and any of the countries of the Schengen Area, you do not need a visa to enter Mexico for tourism, business or transit purposes. All individuals in this category are required to present their valid and unexpired visa along with their passports. Both documents must be valid during your entire stay in Mexico. 
  • If the US visa or stamped in your passport is expired but you have an official document or form proving your legal status in USA, you must apply for a Mexican visa at this Consulate. All EAD cards, I-797 A Forms, Advance Parole Forms, I-20 OR DS-2019 are not accepted to enter Mexico. To schedule an appointment (click here).
  • Diplomatic and Official visas (Contact the Visas Department at the Mexican Consulate)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Application form: English or Español | 

Visas Department: (212) 217-6431 or (212) 217-6433

IMPORTANT: Visa application could take from 1 up to 10 business days. Although we do our best to issue the documents as soon as possible, we do not guarantee a same day issuing. If you are traveling to NY only to apply for a visa at the Consulate, we recommend to consider a stay in NYC of at least three to five business days. Please have this in mind while making travel arrangements.

Diplomatic or Official Visa

Requirements:

  • Schedule an appointment (click here)
  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español
  • 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 and original I-94 Form and one photocopy
  • One photo passport size, in color, no glasses
  • Original verbal or diplomatic note requesting a visa
    • Specify purpose, place and duration of the trip (Conference, meeting, or event) to attend in Mexico

(Non-Lucrative) Visa for visitors without authorization for lucrative activities

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 General in person
  • Schedule an appointment (click here)
  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español
  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions
  • Valid or expired US visa for multiple entries and one photocopy
  • Valid I-94 and one photocopy
  • I-20/J-1 or  I-797A Form in original and one photocopy
  • One photo passport size, in color, no glasses
  • Original financial records (last three months of your bank account statements in US Dollars, last three months of pay stubs) and employment letter specifying your position and salary.
  • If a company/organization in Mexico is sponsoring or inviting the foreign national, the applicant can submit an original invitation letter*. The invitation must have a letterhead, address and signed in ink. Scanned or pdf versions won´t be accepted.
  • Payment or Consular fee (only cash or money order)

If you can demonstrate that you are an international traveler, Mexican citizen´s spouse or international freight cargo driver ask for the Long-Term Visitor Visa (Visa de Larga Duración, in Spanish).

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 General of Mexico in New York 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 and nationality
    • Registration number of the company/organization, plus address, complete name and contact information of the company/organization
    • Specify commitment of shared responsibility with the applicant
    • Copy of ID of the person who signed the invitation letter
    • Last twelve months of company bank account statements.

(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 an appointment (click here)
  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español
  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy Valid US visa or ESTA
  • Authorization and one photocopy Valid I-94 and one photocopy NUT authorization
  • One photo passport size, in color, no glasses
  • Payment or Consular fee (link) (only cash or money order)

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 General in person
  • Schedule an appointment (click here)
  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español
  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions
  • One photo passport size, 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 (only cash or money order)

 

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 General in person
  • Schedule an appointment (click here)
  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español
  • 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
  • One photo passport size, no glasses
  • Original and a photocopy of financial records (last twelve months of your bank account statements in US Dollars; last twelve months of pay stubs; employment letter specifying your position and salary. You can also submit official documents proving the ownership of a property/company/business and one photocopy. If you have a retirement pension, bring the original yearly social security statement and one photocopy.
  • If a company/organization/association in Mexico is sponsoring or inviting the foreign national, the applicant can submit an original invitation letter*. 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 (only cash or money order)

* Invitation Letter

  • Original Invitation Letter from the company/organization/association based in Mexico must be addressed to the Consulate General of Mexico in New York 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 and nationality
    • Registration number of the company/organization, plus address, complete name and contact information of the company/organization
    • Specify commitment of shared responsibility with the applicant
    • Copy of ID of the person who signed the invitation letter
    • Twelve months of company bank account statements

Temporary Resident students 

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are traveling to study in Mexico
  • You don´t have a work authorization 

Requirements:

  • Apply at this Consulate General in person
  • Schedule an appointment (click here)
  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español
  • One photo passport size, in color, no glasses
  • 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; at least with 3 months of validity at the time of your filing and one photocopy
  • Valid I-94 in original and one photocopy
  • Original Acceptance letter from the School/Institution/University must include:

Applicant's full name

Family name and given name as shown at the national passport

Level of Study | Degree

Specifying degree or type of diploma

Field | program of study

General academic or subject areas

Name of Program | Studies | Course

Specific name of the course/program or studies Exchange program, Internship, etc

Length of Program

Date a program begins and date of completion

Tuition fee

Total fees required, including tuition and homestay if applicable

Full Name of the Institution and additional information

The letter must include name of the institution, institution´s mailing address, telephone, fax number, e-mail, Web site, and name of contact

Others

The letter must be issued with letterhead; address and signature in ink of institution Representative

    • Economic Solvency

      • Original and copy of bank account statement or investments showing an average monthly balance of $5,180 US Dollars during the past three months; or
      • Original and copy of documents showing that the applicant has a job, pension or scholarship with a monthly income of $520 US Dollars during the past three months
      • Original Letter from parents stating that they will be sending their son or daughter the amount of, at least 520.00 US dollars per month, besides tuition (Affidavit of support)
      • ID copy of parents (valid passports) and Applicant’s birth certificate (original and copy)
      • Proof of economic solvency, including last three months of bank account statements showing an average monthly balance of $5,180 US Dollars during the past three months or original Employment Letter stating position and salary per month with a monthly income of $520 US Dollars

If Sponsor by parents or legal guardian (for students under 25 years old):

  • Payment or Consular fee (only cash or money order)

Permanent Residents

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are moving to Mexico to be there indefinitely
  • You don´t have a work authorization
  • You are retired

Requirements:

  • Apply at this Consulate General in person
  • Schedule an appointment (click here)
  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español
  • 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 or original migratory document proving your legal status in US, and one photocopy
  • One photo passport size, in color, no glasses
  • Economic Solvency:
    • Original  and photocopy of last twelve months of your bank account statements or investment account showing an average monthly balance of $103,524.00 US Dollars; and/or
    • Original Yearly Social Security Statement proving a monthly income from pension of $2,590 US Dollars during the past six months, and one photocopy. You can also submit official documents proving the ownership of a property/company/business and one photocopy.
  • Payment or Consular fee (only cash or money order)

Household Inventory permit 

Requirements:

  • Schedule an appointment (click here)
  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español
  • Valid passport with photocopies of all pages containing data.
  • Visitor with authorization for lucrative activities card, Temporal Residence card or Permanent Residence Card (original and 4 copies).
  • One photo passport size, no glasses.
  • Present the household goods inventory. It must be in Spanish and type written, with one original plus four photocopies.
  • First page must bear the name of the person who holds the authorization (Retiree Visa); the address in the U.S.A. and the length of time lived in that address, and the new address in Mexico.
  • The last page of the original list and each of the copies must be signed in original by the authorized person (Mexican card holder).
  • Consular fee (link) (only cash or money order)

Please bear in mind the following:

  • All electronic/electric appliances are to be fully described, including brand, model, and serial number.
  • Large furniture must be carefully described.
  • Smaller articles should be listed generally in its boxes, example:
    • 2 large boxes of shoes
    • 6 large boxes of clothes
    • 2 medium size boxes of linen

* Please leave a space at bottom of each page for official stamping

 

Check out the Model of the household goods inventory

Temporary Import Permit for Equipment

In order to obtain a Temporary Import Permit for Equipment it is necessary to submit 2 original letters with same content from the company or employer of the individual responsible for the equipment, requesting the permit and complying with the following:

  • Declare purpose of the trip.
  • State the location where the equipment will be used.
  • List the names of the individuals responsible for the equipment.
  • Include the company representative's signature (Person requesting the permit. Please note it may not be the same as that responsible for the equipment, nor the person transporting the equipment).

In addition, the following must accompany the letter:

  • A detailed list of the equipment (brand, model and/or serial number) and should all be printed in company letterhead, with one photocopy.
  • Two passport photocopies for the individual responsible for the equipment, as well as his/her Mexican Tourist Visa (if needed because of his/her nationality) and copies of the American visa or US Permanent Resident Card (if foreign national).

Check out the Sample Letter:

 

 

Consular Fee

Visas

Trámite o Servicio

Pago de Derechos
(USD)

Visas
Non-lucrative activities $36.00
Lucrative activities $246.00
Consular Documents
Household for foreigners $127.00

 


  • No se aceptan los billetes de $100 dólares.
  • El pago de los servicios de Pasaporte o Matrícula Consular puede ser con tarjeta de crédito o débito VISA, Mastercard o Discovery.