Visitors without Authorization for Lucrative Activities Visa

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Travelers who are US citizens with valid US passports or those with valid US permanent resident card or a valid US visa and valid passport in all cases, are not required to apply for a Mexican Visa, regardless of their nationality, when traveling for less than 180 days for non-lucrative activities.

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are traveling to Mexico for vacations, transit, business, studies, technical support, artistic activities, scientific activities, sport activities, or as journalist, or ministers of religion.
  • You will be in Mexico for up to 180 days.
  • You don’t have a work authorization.
  • You have a valid I-94 and your US visa stamp or US permanent resident card is in process (depending on your nationality).



  • 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.
  • Last US visa for multiple entries and one photocopy.
  • Valid I-94 and, for the cases where it applies, valid signed I-20 or J-1 or I-797A or I-512L forms in original and one photocopy.
  • 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 (financial documentation must show applicant's full name) and one photocopy of each, such as: Last three months of bank statements (checking, savings or investments) in US Dollars with an average monthly balance of at least 1,500.00USD*, or last three months of employment or pension pay stubs with a monthly balance of at least $500.00USD* after taxes and proof of stable employment for the past 12 months.
  • 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), 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 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 the visit.  The company in the US must also provide proof of financial solvency with the last 12 months of bank or financial statements with monthly average balance of $5,000.00 USD *
  • For short term students (less than 180 days):
    • Original letter of acceptance from the School or University. The letter should be recent (no more than 30 days from the date of issue) and state:
      • Applicant's full name, date of birth and passport number
      • Level and area of study to which the applicant has been accepted
      • The name of the course or program to which the applicant has been accepted
      • The semester to which the applicant has been accepted and dates of beginning and end of the course or program
      • Deadlines for enrollment and registration
      • Tuition and fees
      • School or University's information, including name, address, code number, and phone numbers, e-mail addresses and names of the admissions office responsible personnel.
    • Original financial records and one copy such as: Last three months of bank statements (checking, savings or investments) in US Dollars with an average monthly balance of at least $750.00USD*, or last three months of employment or pension pay stubs with a monthly balance of at least $500.00USD* after taxes, or official proof of scholarships or financial aid with a monthly balance income of at least $500.00USD*.  The amounts mentioned must be proved a side from tuition fees.
  • Payment of Consular fee of $36.00USD in cash, debit or credit card, no personal checks accepted.

If you are able to prove that you are a frequent international traveler or the spouse of a Mexican citizen, ask for the Long-Term Visitor Visa (Visa de Larga Duración, in Spanish).




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 processed you 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.