Temporary Residents without Authorization for Lucrative Activities Visa

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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 for more than 180 days but less than 4 years.
  • You don’t have a work authorization.


  • All applicants must come in person to the Consulate's office (1305 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR), mailed applications will not be accepted.
  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español.
  • Valid passport and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, bearer’s photograph and signature and expiration date/extensions.
  • Valid US visa for multiple entries and one photocopy (non US citizens only).
  • Valid I-94 in original and one photocopy (non US citizens only).
  • One recent passport size photo (size 1.5 x 1.3/4 inches), in color, white background, no glasses, no smiling.
  • Original financial records under the applicant’s name and one photocopy of each, such as: Last twelve months of bank statements (checking, savings or investments) in US Dollars with an average monthly balance of at least $25,000.00USD*, or last six months of employment or pension pay stubs with a monthly balance of at least $1,500.00USD* after taxes. You can also submit original deed documents (notarized by Mexican notary public) and one copy proving the ownership of a property in Mexico with value of at least $200,000.00USD*.
  • If a company/organization in Mexico is 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), stating that the company in Mexico will not pay a salary to the foreigner, the letter must be accompanied by official documents that prove the applicant is qualified to carry out the activities stated in the letter. Ministers of religion should also submit original letter of “anuencia” (consent) of the Ministry of the Interior (Secretaría de Gobernación) from Mexico. The applicant must also submit a letter from the US company stating that they will be responsible for the applicant's salary during the time of residence in Mexico.  The applicant must still provide proof of the last six months of employment pay stubs with a monthly balance of at least $1000.00USD* after taxes. Or the company must prove financial solvency with the original last 12 months of bank or financial statements and one copy with a monthly average balance of $50,000.00USD*
  • Payment of Consular fee of $36.00USD in cash, debit or credit card, no personal checks accepted.


I. To apply, minors (under 18 years old) must be accompanied by both parents (or legal guardian) and submit original birth certificate with the seal of the apostille and one photocopy or original legal documents of proof of guardianship and one photocopy. If only one of the parents is present at the time of application there must be an original notarized authorization from the absent parent with a copy of both sides of their valid official ID, or original custody documents and one copy of them.
II. All documents issued outside of Mexico considered public records, such as birth, marriage, death certificates, court documents or school records/degrees must bear the seal of the apostille issued by the corresponding authority.

*Amounts may change depending on the official Mexican minimum wage and the daily exchange rate

**Invitation Letter:

  • Original Invitation Letter from the company/organization based in Mexico must be addressed to the Consulate of Mexico in Portland requesting the visa and specifying:
    • The company/organization’s main activities/services/purpose.
    • Applicant’s full name and nationality.
    • Exact purpose of the trip to Mexico (the purpose should be directly related to the company/organization’s activities/services/purpose).
    • Length of the trip to Mexico.
    • How applicant’s expenses will be covered (if the company/organization will cover expenses, must present proof of financial records for past six months).
    • Registration number of the company/organization, plus address, complete name and contact information of the company/organization and its representative.
    • Copy of ID of the person who signed the invitation letter.

The visa process can take up to 10 working days after the application has been submitted, once it has been processed the applicant will be contacted with appointment information for an in-person interview.



Filing an application does not guarantee the issuance of a visa. All cases must be reviewed by a consular official, who will determine the approval of the visa issuance.

Some cases are required to have an additional review and approval from the Mexican Immigration Authority; this process can take up to 10 additional working days. Unfortunately, the Consulate cannot do anything to expedite this procedure.