Regarding the procedures and requirements to obtain a Mexican Visa:

As of November the 8th of 2012, new Immigration law regulations have entered into force in Mexico. Therefore, the procedures and rules to obtain a visa have substantially changed. If you are planning to travel to Mexico, we kindly request you to review the following frequently asked questions.

Please note that these FAQs are only meant to be informative, all visa applications will be processed based on the General Guidelines for issuing visas emitted by the Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs of Mexico.

1. Do I need a visa to visit Mexico for tourism purposes?

Tourists can be admitted into Mexico as visitants with no permission to engage in remunerative activities for up to 180 days. The following are the links to the list of countries whose nationals DO and DO NOT require a visa to be allowed into Mexico for tourism purposes.

Be advised that even if the country you are national of is listed among the countries that DO require a visa, you are eligible for a visa waiver (meaning you can be admitted into Mexico without a visa) if you:

  • • Hold a document demonstrating that you are a permanent resident of Canada, USA, Japan, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland or any of the countries within the European Schengen Area; or
  • Hold a valid visa issued by Canada, USA, Japan, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland or any of the countries within the European Schengen Area; or
  • Hold an APEC Business Travel Document, approved by Mexico.

Despite the fact that you are not required to hold a visa or you are eligible for a visa waiver, you should present a valid passport or valid travel document to the immigration officer at the port of entry. During the interview, the immigration officer might also request your lodge reservations, returning tickets (flight itineraries), or visiting tour tickets in order to admit you into Mexican territory

2. I am planning to visit Mexico for tourism purposes. I am aware that I do need a visa and are not eligible for a visa waiver. What documents do I need to obtain a visa?

You will need to fill out an application form and bring two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses). Additionally, the original and one copy of the following documents are needed:

  • Valid passport or valid travel document,
  • In case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder) a document proving your legal residence in the U.S., for example parole, extension of permit, etc.
  • Bank statements reflecting investments worth or savings that account for a monthly average balance of at least $1,500usd* during the last three months; or
  • Bank statements or any other document that reflect a pension or stable employment with a monthly income of at least $500usd* during the last three months and proof of stable employment with a minimum of one year of permanence; or
  • In the case of students enrolled on Higher Education Institutions, a document issued by the University stating that you are a regular student and a document reflecting a stable job, pension or scholarship that represent a monthly income of at least $300usd* during the last three months. (Should you have been awarded with a scholarship, please make sure the document reflecting that award details the amount and the education costs that are being paid through the scholarship. If the scholarship is reflected in your bank statements, you would need a copy of the statements from the last three months).

* Amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.

You are encouraged to have a copy at hand of your lodge reservations, returning tickets (flight itineraries), or visiting tour tickets to present them in case you are required to at the port of entry.

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.

 


3. Do I need a visa to visit Mexico in order to attend business meetings?

Businessmen can be admitted into Mexico as visitants with no permission to do remunerative activities for up to 180 days. The following are the links to the list of countries whose nationals DO and DO NOT require a visa to be allowed into Mexico to attend business meetings, for example.

Be advised that even if the country you are national of is listed among the countries that DO require a visa, you are eligible for a visa waiver (meaning you can be admitted into Mexico without a visa) if you:

  • Hold a document demonstrating that you are a permanent resident of Canada, USA, Japan, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland or any of the countries within the European Schengen Area; or
  • Hold a valid visa issued by Canada, USA, Japan, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland or any of the countries within the European Schengen Area; or
  • Hold an APEC Business Travel Document, approved by Mexico.

Despite the fact that you are not required to hold a visa or you are eligible for a visa waiver, you should present a valid passport or valid travel document to the immigration officer at the port of entry. During the interview, the immigration officer might also request a letter of authority/mandate, written in Spanish, stating that you are an employee of the principal or subsidiary company established in the U.S.A., and that such company is paying for the services that you will provide in Mexico, as well as for the travel expenses during the length of your stay in Mexico.


4. I am an executive from a Mexican company with a branch in U.S./from a U.S. company with a branch in Mexico that visits Mexico very often to attend business meetings. I am aware that I do need a visa and are not eligible for a visa waiver. What documents do I need to obtain a visa?

You may be eligible for a long term visa (with a 10 years expiration period) that would allow you to stay for as much as 180 days in each visit. You will need to fill out an application form and bring two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses). Additionally, the original and one copy of the following documents are needed:

  • Valid passport or valid travel document,
  • In case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder) a document proving your legal residence in the U.S., for example parole, extension of permit, etc.
  • If you are an employee/manager/supervisor of a U.S. company with a branch in Mexico, the document reflecting the legal incorporation of the company in the U.S., and a letter from the company stating that you are an employee of the principal or subsidiary company established in the U.S., and that such company is paying for the services that you will provide in Mexico, as well as for the travel expenses during the length of your stay in Mexico.
  • If you are an executive of a Mexican company with offices in the U.S., the document reflecting the legal incorporation of the company in Mexico and a letter from the Company stating that you are an executive or trade representative of it.

You are encouraged to have a copy at hand of the aforementioned letter from your company to present it in case you are required to at the port of entry.

If you are an employee/ manager/supervisor of a U.S. company with a branch in Mexico, that have been invited for a single time to Mexico in order to conduct business meetings or provide technical support, and your company in the U.S. is paying for the services that you will provide in Mexico, as well as for the travel expenses during the length of your stay in Mexico, you may be eligible for a short term visa (valid for Six months only). Please refer to question number 9 to find out the requirements for this type of visa.

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.

 


5. I have been admitted to study in Mexico. Do I need a visa?

Students/Researchers from certain countries can be admitted into Mexico without a visa as visitants with no permission to do remunerative activities if the length of their studies/project is no longer than 180 days. The following are the links to the list of countries whose nationals DO and DO NOT require a visa to be allowed into Mexico in order to enroll in an educational institution for a period of time no longer than 180 days.

Be advised that even if the country you are national of is listed among the countries that DO require a visa, you are eligible for a visa waiver (meaning you can be admitted into Mexico without a visa) if you:

  • Hold a document demonstrating that you are a permanent resident of Canada, USA, Japan, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland or any of the countries within the European Schengen Area; or
  • Hold a valid visa issued by Canada, USA, Japan, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland or any of the countries within the European Schengen Area; or
  • Hold an APEC Business Travel Document, approved by Mexico

Despite the fact that you are not required to hold a visa or you are eligible for a visa waiver, you should present a valid passport or valid travel document to the immigration officer at the port of entry. During the interview, the immigration officer might also request your original admission letter. The admission letter should come from an educational institution officially incorporated to the National Education System and should state the following information:

  • Full name of the admitted student
  • The grade, level, studying area and specific course or research project you have been admitted to
  • Beginning and finishing date of the program/project (the length of studies/research should be no longer than 180 days).
  • Contact information of the educational institution as well as a copy of the id of the person signing the admission letter.

If you are a citizen of a country listed among those that DO NOT require a visa or are eligible for a visa waiver, but the length of your studies program/research project is longer than 180 days, you should apply for a Mexican visa.

Likewise, if you are a citizen of any other country listed among those that DO require a visa and are not eligible for a visa waiver, you should apply for a Mexican visa, regardless of the length of your studies program/research project you have been admitted for.


6. I am national of a country that does not require a visa (or am eligible for a visa waiver) but the length of my studies is longer than 180 days. I am therefore aware that I do need a visa. What documents do I need to obtain it?

You will need to fill out an application form and bring two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses). Additionally, the original and one copy of the following documents are needed:

  • Valid passport or valid travel document,
  • In case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder) a document proving your legal residence in the U.S., for example parole, extension of permit, etc.
  • Original admission letter from an educational institution officially incorporated to the National Education System stating the following information:
    • Full name and nationality of the admitted student
    • The grade, level, studying area and specific course or research project you have been admitted to
    • Beginning and Finishing date of the program/project (should be longer than 180 days)
    • Tuition fees costs
    • Contact information of the educational institution as well as a copy of the ID of the person signing the admission letter.
    • Documents showing financial capabilities to pay for the tuition fees and living costs during the length of your studies, accredited by:
      • Bank statements or any other document that reflect a scholarship, pension or employment with a monthly income of at least $500usd* during the last three months; or
      • Bank statements reflecting investments worth or savings that account for a monthly average balance of at least $5,000usd* during the last three months;
      • If the applicant is younger than 25 years, the economic capabilities can be supported by the parents through any of the above mentioned financial statements, or through an original letter stating the applicant has been awarded with a scholarship or counts with the financial funding.

 

* Amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.

You are encouraged to have a copy at hand of the aforementioned letter of admission to present it in case you are required to at the port of entry.

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.

 


7. I am national of a country that does require a visa (and I am not eligible for a visa waiver). I am therefore aware that I do need a visa, regardless of the length of my studies/project. What documents do I need to obtain it?

You will need to fill out an application form and bring two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses). Additionally, the original and one copy of the following documents are needed:

  • Valid passport or valid travel document,
  • In case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder) a document proving your legal residence in the U.S., for example parole, extension of permit, etc.
  • Original admission letter from an educational institution officially incorporated to the National Education System stating the following information:

Full name and nationality of the admitted student

The grade, level, studying area and specific course or research project you have been admitted to

Beginning and Finishing date of the program/project

Tuition fees costs

Contact information of the educational institution as well as a copy of the ID of the person signing the admission letter.

  • Documents showing financial capabilities to pay for the tuition fees and living costs during the length of your studies.

If the length of your studies is less than 180 days, please bring any of the following:

  • § Bank statements reflecting investments worth or savings that account with a monthly average balance of at least $750.00usd* during the last three months; or
  • § Bank statements or any other document that reflect a scholarship, pension or employment with a monthly income of at least $500usd* during the last three months;

The financial solvency can be supported by the applicant, parents or spouse; or by the person exercising parental rights or guardianship, or through an original letter stating the applicant has been awarded a scholarship or counts with the financial funding.

 

If the length of your studies is longer than 180 days, please bring any of the following:

  • § Bank statements or any other document that reflect a scholarship, pension or stable employment with a monthly income of at least $500usd* during the last three months; or
  • § Bank statements reflecting investments worth or savings that account with a monthly average balance of at least $5,000usd* during the last three months;

If the applicant is younger than 25 years, the economic capabilities can be supported by the parents through any of the above mentioned financial statements, or through an original letter stating the applicant has been awarded with a scholarship or counts with financial funding.

* Amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.

You are encouraged to have a copy at hand of the aforementioned letter of admission to present it in case you are required to at the port of entry.

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.

 


8. I have been invited by an institution to work on a project/do volunteer work, but I am not going to be paid in Mexico. Do I need a visa?

People from certain countries that have been invited by an organization -for example to do volunteer work or participate in a particular event, can be admitted into Mexico as visitants with no permission to do remunerative activities for no more than 180 days. The following are the links to the list of countries whose nationals DO and DO NOT require a visa to be allowed into Mexico as visitants invited by a public, private, non-profit organization for a period no longer than 180 days:

Be advised that even if the country you are national of is listed among the countries that DO require a visa, such requirement is to be waived (meaning you can be admitted into Mexico without a visa), as long as you:

  • Hold a document demonstrating that you are a permanent resident of Canada, USA, Japan, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland or any of the countries within the European Schengen Area; or
  • Hold a valid visa issued by Canada, USA, Japan, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland or any of the countries within the European Schengen Area; or
  • Hold an APEC Business Travel Document, approved by Mexico.

Should the country you are national of is listed among the countries that DO NOT require a visa or you are eligible for a visa waiver, you still need to present a valid passport or valid travel document. Additionally, the immigration officer, during the interview in the port of entry, can request your original invitation letter from a public/private/non-profit organization/institution officially incorporated according to Mexican laws, stating the following information:

  • Full name of the applicant/invited and his/her nationality
  • Official incorporated name of the organization/institution.
  • Registry number and purpose of the organization/institution
  • Full address and contact details of the organization/institution
  • Information about the non-remunerated tasks the organization/institution has invited him/her to perform; or the project it has invited him/her to participate in a non-remunerated basis.
  • Length of stay or approximate duration of the project.
  • Copy of the id from the person signing the invitation letter.

Please be advised that if the organization/institution is covering the travel expenses for the invited person, you will need an additional responsibility letter stating that fact.

If you are citizen of a country listed among those that DO NOT require a visa or are eligible for a visa waiver, but you have been invited by a public/private/non-profit organization/institution for a period longer than 180 days, you should apply for a Mexican visa.

Likewise, if you are a citizen of any other country listed among those that DO require a visa, and have been invited by a public/private/non-profit organization/institution for a period longer than 180 days, you should apply for a Mexican visa, regardless of the length of the period you have been invited for.


9. I am national of a country that does not required a visa (or am eligible for a visa waiver) but have been invited to work on a project/do volunteer work for a period longer than 180 days. I am therefore aware that I do need a visa. What documents do I need to obtain it?

You will need to fill out an application form and bring two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses). Additionally, the original and one copy of the following documents are needed:

  • Valid passport or valid travel document,
  • In case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder) a document proving your legal residence in the U.S., for example parole, extension of permit, etc.
  • Original Invitation letter from a public/private/non-profit organization/institution stating the following:
    • Full name of the applicant/invited and his/her nationality
    • Official incorporated name of the organization/institution.
    • Registry number and purpose of the organization/institution
    • Full address and contact details of the organization/institution
    • Information about the non-remunerated tasks the organization/institution has invited him/her to perform; or the project it has invited him/her to participate in a non-remunerated basis. The activity of the foreign person must be related to the purpose of the inviting organization or institute;
    • Length of stay or approximate duration of the project (should be longer than 180 days)
    • The statement of the fact that the organization/institution is covering the travel and stay expenses for the invited person, if that is the case.
    • Copy of the ID from the person signing the invitation letter.
  • Documents showing that the invited person has the necessary abilities/training/experience to perform the tasks or participate in the project he/she has been invited for.

If the organization is not covering the travel expenses for the invited person, you should provide us with the following documents showing financial capabilities to pay for them.

  • Bank statements reflecting investments worth or savings that account for a monthly average balance of at least $25,000usd* during the last twelve months; or
  • Bank statements or any other document that reflect a scholarship, pension or stable employment with a monthly income of at least $1,000usd* during the last six months;

Additionally, and regardless of who is covering the travel expenses, the invitation letter should include the statement of the fact that the inviting organization/institution is jointly responsible for your travel expenses during your stay in Mexico, as well as of the travel expenses for returning you to your home country. To this end, the inviting organization/institution should provide original and copy of proof of investments or bank accounts reflecting a monthly average balance of at least $49,000usd*, during the last twelve months, which must be attached to the invitation letter.

Public and private institutions pertaining to the National Education System are not required to accredit economic solvency.

* Amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.

You are encouraged to have a copy at hand of the aforementioned invitation letter to present it in case you are required to at the port of entry.

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.

 


10. I am national of a country that does require a visa (and I am not eligible for a visa waiver). I am therefore aware that I do need a visa, regardless of the period I have been invited for. What documents do I need to obtain it?

You will need to fill out an application form and bring two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses). Additionally, the original and one copy of the following documents are needed:

  • Valid passport or valid travel document,
  • In case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder) a document proving your legal residence in the U.S., for example parole, extension of permit, etc.
  • Original Invitation letter from a public/private/non-profit organization/institution stating the following:
  • Full name of the applicant/invited and his/her nationality
  • Official incorporated name of the organization/institution.
  • Registry number and purpose of the organization/institution
  • Full address and contact details of the organization/institution
  • Information about the non-remunerated tasks the organization/institution has invited him/her to perform; or the project it has invited him/her to participate in a non-remunerated basis. The activity must be related to the purpose of the inviting organization/institution.
  • Length of stay or approximate duration of the project.
  • Copy of the ID from the person signing the invitation letter.
  • The statement of the fact that the organization/institution is covering the travel expenses for the invited person.
  • To demonstrate the resources to fulfill the financial capabilities, the inviting organization/institute must submit original and copy of proof of investments or bank accounts with a monthly average balance equal to $5,000usd*, during the last twelve months.
  • Documents showing that the invited person has the necessary abilities/training/experience to perform the tasks or participate in the project he/she has been invited for.

If the length of stay or approximate duration of the project is longer than 180 days:

  • To demonstrate the resources to fulfill the financial capabilities, the inviting organization/institute must submit original and copy of proof of investments or bank accounts with a monthly average balance equal to 49,000usd*, during the last twelve months.

If the organization/institute is not covering the travel and stay expenses for the invited person, you may present any of the following documents showing financial capabilities to pay for them:

  • Bank statements reflecting investments worth or savings that account for a monthly average balance of at least $25,000usd* during the last twelve months; or
  • Bank statements or any other document that reflect a pension or stable employment with a monthly income of at least $1,000usd* during the last six months;

Additionally, if the length of stay or approximate duration of the project is longer than 180 days, and regardless of who is covering the travel expenses, the invitation letter should include the statement of the fact that the inviting organization/institution is jointly responsible for your travel expenses during your stay in Mexico, as well as of the travel expenses for returning you to your home country.

Public and private institutions pertaining to the National Education System are not required to accredit financial solvency.

* Amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.

You are encouraged to have a copy at hand of the aforementioned invitation letter to present it in case you are required to at the port of entry.

 

11. I am interested in applying for a job in Mexico (I would be paid in Mexico). Should I have a visa before applying? Which is the process to obtain it?

Visas are actually issued once and only if you have a job offer. If you get a job offer, your employer must initiate the visa application at any of the Immigration Institute offices (INAMI) established nationwide in Mexico. INAMI will verify some information and may send a sort of pre-authorization letter to your employer. With that letter you are enabled to be interviewed at any Consulate of Mexico established in the U.S.A., and thus complete your visa application. Bear in mind that the letter is often valid to be used within 15 working days of the date of issuance. The type of visa that has been pre-authorized will depend on the length of the term you have been offered to work. Visas officers in the Consulates are not allowed to make any changes to the type of visa you have been preauthorized to. Based on the interview, Consular Officials can either proceed to issue the visa or request a reconsideration of your application to our central immigration authorities (INAMI).

The requirements to obtain a pre-authorization letter from INAMI that enables foreign nationals to apply for a job-offer kind of visa are enlisted on question number 29 and are written in Spanish so you can forward the information to your employer in Mexico in order to start your visa application process:

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.

 

12. I just retired and want to move to Mexico. What are the requirements to obtain a visa that would allow me to stay in Mexico for long periods of time?

If you are a retiree planning to permanently move to Mexico, you can apply for a permanent resident visa. In order to do so, you will need a valid passport, to fill out an application form, and to present two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses). In case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder), you should provide proof of your legal residence in the U.S. (e.g. parole, extension of permit, etc.).

Additionally, the original and one copy of the following documents may be needed:

  • Bank statements from the last twelve months reflecting investments worth or savings that account for a monthly average balance of at least $97,000usd* , or
  • Bank statements or any other document that reflect a pension with a monthly income of at least $2,500usd* during the last six months.

* Amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.

 


13. I own a house in Mexico. What do I need to get a visa that would allow me to enjoy my place in Mexico for a period longer than 180 days?

If you own a real state property in Mexico and would like to travel to Mexico for an intended period of stay longer than 180 days, you can apply for a temporary resident visa. In order to do so, you will need to fill out an application form, and to present a valid passport, plus proof of your legal residence in the U.S. (e.g. parole, extension of permit, etc.), in case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder), and two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses).

Additionally, the original and one copy of the following documents will be needed:

  • Registered title of a real state property in Mexico, issued upon a Notary Public, stating that the applicant is the owner and that the value of such property exceeds forty thousand days of the current minimum wage in the Federal District (D.F.) (estimate of $194,000usd*).

* Amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.


14. I would like to take holidays in Mexico for a period of time longer than 180 days but shorter than 4 years. What do I need to get a visa that would allow me to stay that long?

If you are planning to visit Mexico for a period of time longer than 180 days but shorter than 4 years, you can apply for a temporary resident visa. In order to do so, you will need to fill out an application form, and to present a valid passport, plus proof of your legal residence in the U.S. (e.g. parole, extension of permit, etc.), in case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder), and two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses).

Additionally, the original and one copy of the following documents may be needed:

  • Bank statements from the last twelve months reflecting investments worth or savings that account for a monthly average balance of at least $25,000usd*, or
  • Bank statements or any other document that reflect a stable employment or a pension with a monthly income of at least $1,500usd* during the last six months;

*Amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.

 


15. I own a company in Mexico. What do I need to get a visa that would allow me to stay longer than 180 days?

If you own a company in Mexico and would like to visit Mexico for periods of time longer than 180 days, you can apply for a temporary resident visa. In order to do so, you will need to fill out an application form, and to present a valid passport, plus proof of your legal residence in the U.S. (e.g. parole, extension of permit, etc.), in case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder), and two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses).

Additionally, the original and one copy of the following documents will be needed:

  • Document issued by a Mexican company, upon a Notary Public or certified by the proper authority, reflecting the fact that the applicant has a capital investment/participation in the company that is worth $97,000usd* or more; and
  • Document proving the ownership of movable or fixed assets in favor of the foreign legal entity, used for economic or business purposes, with a value that exceeds $97,000usd*; or
  • Documents that demonstrate that you are an entrepreneur currently engaged in business activities in Mexico and that as a result you are employing at least three workers. A document from the Social Security Institute certifying this latter fact should be also presented in original.

* Amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.


16. I am married to a Mexican/temporary resident/permanent resident and would like to move to Mexico with him/her. Do I need a visa? What do I need to obtain it?

16a. If you are married to a Mexican National, and are planning to indefinitely live in Mexico, you are entitled to apply for a Mexican Temporary Resident Visa. In order to do so, you will need to fill out an application form, and two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses). You (as applicant) and your spouse should come by to our offices and present the following documents:

  • Valid Passport or travel document of the applicant
  • Proof of legal residence in the U.S. (e.g. parole, extension of permit, etc.) in case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder).
  • Mexican Passport of spouse
  • Marriage certificate (in case you are not married, the birth certificate of a child you have in common, when has been registered by both parents will suffice)

16b. If you are married to a foreigner who has a temporary or permanent resident visa, and are planning to indefinitely live in Mexico, you are entitled to apply for a Mexican temporary resident visa. In order to do so, you will need to fill out an application form, and two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses). You (as applicant) and your spouse should come by to our offices and present the following documents:

  • Valid Passport or travel document of the applicant
  • Proof of legal residence in the U.S. (e.g. parole, extension of permit, etc.) in case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder).
  • Temporary/Permanent Resident Visa of your spouse.
  • Marriage certificate (in case you are not married, the birth certificate of a child you have in common, when has been registered by both parents will suffice)

Additionally, you are requested to bring any of the following documents:

  • Bank statements from the last twelve months reflecting investments worth or savings that account for a monthly average balance of at least $500usd*, or
  • Bank statements or any other document that reflect a pension or stable employment with a monthly income of at least $500usd* during the last six months.

16c. If you are married to a foreigner who has a Temporary/Permanent resident status in Mexico (card holder), and are planning to indefinitely live in Mexico, you are entitled to apply for a Mexican temporary resident visa. In order to do so, you will need to fill out an application form, and two colored passport size pictures (do not wear glasses). You (as applicant) and your spouse should come by to our offices and present the following documents:

  • Valid Passport or travel document
  • Proof of legal residence in the U.S. (e.g. parole, extension of permit, etc.) in case
    you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder).
  • Proof of legal residence in the U.S. (e.g. parole, extension of permit, etc.) in case you are not a U.S. citizen (U.S. passport holder).
  • Temporary/Permanent Resident card of your spouse
  • Marriage certificate (in case you are not married, the birth certificate of a child you have in common, when has been registered by both parents will suffice)
  • In the case of an applicant of a Temporary Resident Student, letter issued by the educational institution stating that the foreigner is still continuing with his/her studies.

If your spouse is currently living in Mexico, he/she must initiate the application at any of the Immigration Institute offices (INAMI) established nationwide in Mexico. INAMI will verify some information and may send a sort of pre-authorization letter to your spouse. With that letter you will be enabled to be interviewed at any Consulate of Mexico established in the U.S.A., and thus complete your visa application. Bear in mind that the letter is often valid to be used within 15 working days of the date of issuance. Based on the interview, Consular Officials can either proceed to issue the visa or request a reconsideration of your application to our central immigration authorities (INAMI).

*Amounts may vary according to the current exchange rate.

Please refer to question number 21 to find out if you need to schedule an appointment.

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17. I have been issued with a temporary/permanent resident visa but it is valid for only six months and a single entry and I am obviously planning to stay longer than six months. Can I renew the visa in Mexico?

Temporary and Permanent Resident Visas are indeed valid only for six months and a single entry. Upon your admittance into Mexican territory you have 30 days to visit any of the Immigration Institute offices (INAMI) established nationwide in Mexico in order to obtain a temporary/permanent resident card that will be your mean of identification in Mexico and proof of your documented status during the length of your stay in Mexico. Make sure to show the visa to the immigration officer and to keep the stamped FMM form since you will need to show both documents to obtain the resident card. The process to obtain it is simple but may take some weeks. It is not recommendable to leave the country while your temporary/permanent resident card is in the process to be obtained. Bear in mind that resident cards should be renewed periodically and can only be renewed in Mexican territory at any of the INAMI offices. If you leave the country while the resident card is in process, or your resident card expires while you are oversees or in your home country, you should start over from the beginning the process to obtain a visa since the Consulates of Mexico have no authority to renew them.


18. Am I allowed to move my household goods to Mexico with a permanent/temporary resident visa?

If you have been issued with a temporary/permanent resident visa, you can certainly apply to import the following used household goods:

  • Furniture,
  • Clothes, books, pieces of art (as long as are not a full collection that can be presented in galleries)
  • Scientific, professional, or handcraft tools for your personal (not industrial) use.
  • If journalist, those necessary goods to practice journalism.

In order to do so, please address a letter to Consul General of Mexico in Raleigh, N.C., requesting the admittance into Mexican territory of your household goods, stating that you are not importing them in order to be sold but rather for personal use, and stating also that you commit to bring them back upon your return to the U.S.A. Additionally, you should give your address in the U.S.A. as well as the one you are intended to live in Mexico.

Attached to that letter, you should include a comprehensive list of the goods you are importing (four copies, each of the list's pages should be signed by you), with a detailed description and amount of each of the items. Any electrical device should be written down including the brand, model, and serial number.

Also attach a copy of your passport as well as of your temporary/permanent resident visa. The application for the Household Goods Importation Certificate should be done personally at any Consulate of Mexico. The cost of the Certificate is $127 USD.

Do bear also in mind that your household goods should be brought to Mexican territory either:

  • with you, at the same time you are entering into Mexico with a temporary/permanent resident visa
  • three months before your entrance to Mexico with a temporary/permanent resident visa
  • within the first six months after your entrance to Mexico with a temporary/permanent resident visa

Please be aware that in order to have the customs authority release your goods, you should show your temporary/permanent resident card rather than your visa.

Please review question number 17 to learn the process to obtain a resident card.

 


19. Am I allowed to work in Mexico with a temporary/permanent resident visa?

Temporary/permanent residents are eligible to obtain from the Immigration Offices a work permit. However, neither the visa nor the temporary resident card implies any authorization to practice professional activities that demand a particular degree, certification or special qualification from the corresponding authorities. It would be the responsibility of the interested person to satisfy any special requirement and is the employer's responsibility to verify that such requirements have been accordingly fulfilled. To find out further information about foreign studies recognition visit the Mexican Ministry of Education's website at http://www.sep.gob.mx/

20. My son/daughter is applying for a visa, should I join him during his application?

If the applicant is a minor, both parents should be present during the application and must sign before the visa officer his/her visa application. The birth certificate of the minor and a copy of both parent´s passport should be attached to the minor's application.

21. Do I need an appointment to apply for a visa? Can I send my application by mail?

If after reviewing the requirements for the kind of visa you are interested to apply for, you deem yourself to comply with the documentation, you may contact our Visas Department at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. or at 919-615-3668 to request an appointment. If you have a preferred date and time, you are welcome to suggest it. Visa applications should be presented personally (by the interested person), and are normally received from Monday to Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. You should receive a reply confirming the availability. Our offices typically remain closed in observance of US holidays (e.g. Memorial, Labor, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, etc.). Our offices are located at 431 Raleigh View Road, Raleigh NC 27610. Please avoid sending documentation to be reviewed in advance. Visa applications sent by email/post/fax will not be considered.

22. How long it takes the visa application process?

Consular offices can take up to ten days to process your visa application. We kindly encourage you to set up your traveling plans once you have your visa accordingly issued.


23. How much it cost to obtain a visa? Visa Application?

The cost for the reception, study of the application and, when appropriate, authorization of the ordinary visa in foreign passports is $36.00 US dollars per person. Please bring the exact amount in cash. Payment made for a visa application is not refundable (this includes visas approved and/or denied). Our offices are located in 431 Raleigh View Road, Raleigh, N.C., 27610. Visa Application forms have no cost at all and are available to download on the following links Visa Application Form -- Formato de Solicitud de Visa


24. Is the visa a guarantee that I will be admitted into Mexico?

Neither the fact of having being granted with a visa nor the fact of being waived to present one, do guarantee entry into Mexico but rather allows you to travel to a Mexico's port of entry in order to request admittance to the proper immigration authorities. Mexican Immigration authorities may ask you some questions to confirm the reasons you are traveling, the length of your stay in Mexico and how you are financing your trip. The following questions are few examples of what you may be asked:

  • Why are you travelling to Mexico? What activities will you be engaging in?
  • Where are you staying?
  • Do you have any acquaintance in the country?
  • How will you cover your expenses?
  • How long will you be staying in Mexico?
  • If you are on a work-permit visa, who or what company is hiring you? What activities will you be engaging in within the company?
  • If you are on a student visa, what program are you enrolled in? Which is the host institution?
  • How will you leave the country?

As in all countries, Mexican immigration authorities will verify the authenticity of all the documents you present and the truthfulness of the information you provide. They will also confirm that no outright restriction exists. The purpose of your trip must match your visa type, when you have been issued with one.

Everyone visiting or living in Mexico has rights which must be respected. Foreigners have the right to contact their Embassy or Consulate.


25. I have been convicted of a felony (12 years ago). Should I be allowed into Mexico?

Immigration officers at the port of entry have the undisputed authority to deny the access to any foreign national based -among other reasons- on his/her background when is considered capable to compromise national security or public safety. The decision to admit or deny any foreign national is done in a case by case basis.


26. I am traveling to Mexico by car. Can I take my car into Mexican territory?

Foreigners are eligible to apply for a temporary vehicle importation permit that will be valid only for the period you have been granted to stay in Mexico. You can do it online, through the following procedure:

  1. Apply with between 10 and 60 days in advance to the day you are planning to visit Mexico.
  2. Fill out an electronic form with your personal and your vehicle's details at the following web page https://www.banjercito.com.mx/registroVehiculos/
  3. Pay the cost of your application through a debit/credit card.
  4. Once submitted and paid, you will receive a confirmation email from Banjercito.
  5. Remember to cancel your permission at the border, on your return to prevent problems and delays on your next visit to Mexico.

Your permit will be posted to your address within the next 10 days.

 


27. Am I allowed to bring my pet into Mexico?

The Office of Agriculture and Livestock Inspection (OALI) is established in most of Mexico's air, sea and ground port of entries. You should present to OALI authorities a certificate to export animals issued by the corresponding federal authority or by a certified veterinary from the country of origin. The certificate issued by veterinary should be presented in original letterhead and should be attached by veterinary's ID and professional qualifications. The certificate should be issued within the last 10 days and must include the following information:

  • Name and address of the owner, the characteristics of the pet and the final destination.
  • The last time the animal was vaccinated against rabies and the next time a vaccine will be needed. If the animal is less than 3 months old this information will not be necessary.
  • The last time the animal was treated against internal and external parasites.
  • The fact that after doing a thorough inspection it has been verified that the animal is healthy and free of external parasites.

If any of the requirements is not fulfilled, you may contact a local veterinary to supply the vaccines or anti-parasites treatment, or to perform the inspection of the animal to verify how healthy it is. Any costs incurred would be covered by the owner of the pet.

It is the authority of OALI to determine if the requirements have been fulfilled and thus to allow or not the entrance of the animal.


28. What are the requirements for Mexican citizens to visit the U.S.?

The Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh, N.C., has the authority to issue a visa to American citizens or foreigners from any country legally residing in the U.S.A., that are planning to visit Mexico. Mexican citizens interested in visiting the U.S. should contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or any of the U.S. Consulates established throughout Mexico. We kindly encourage visiting their webpage to obtain further information in this regard. http://spanish.mexico.usembassy.gov/


29. Which are the requirements to obtain a pre-authorization letter from INAMI that enables foreign nationals to apply for job-offer kind of visa? ¿Cuáles son los requisitos para obtener un permiso del INAMI para tramitar una visa para realizar actividades remuneradas por oferta de empleo?

(To forward to employer-Remitir a empleador)

De conformidad con los artículos 105, 115 y 117 del Reglamento de la Ley de Migración, y de los lineamientos sobre emisión de visas, los requisitos y criterios de resolución para obtener una visa con permiso para realizar actividades remuneradas son los siguientes:

Requisitos:

  1. I. Original y copia de la identificación oficial vigente de la persona física o del representante legal de la persona moral, dependencia pública u órgano desconcentrado, organismo descentralizado, empresa de participación estatal o fideicomiso público, Embajada o Consulado de un país con representación en México, en caso de que se trate de mexicano, o tarjeta de residencia vigente en caso de que se trate de una persona extranjera;
  2. II. Que la persona extranjera para la que se requiere la visa no cuente con una solicitud de visa de residencia temporal o de visitante con permiso para realizar actividades remuneradas, solicitada al Instituto por oferta de empleo pendiente de resolución.
  3. III. Original de la oferta de empleo en papel membretado en la que señale la ocupación que desarrollará la persona extranjera conforme a la clasificación del Sistema Nacional de Clasificación de Ocupaciones o el que en su momento sustituya a éste, temporalidad requerida, lugar de trabajo, y monto de la remuneración;
  4. IV. Copia de la constancia de inscripción del empleador ante el Instituto, y
  5. V. Copia legible del pasaporte o documento de identidad y viaje que sea válido conforme al derecho internacional y vigente de la persona extranjera para el que se solicita visa.

Criterios de resolución:

- Este trámite sólo aplica cuando exista oferta de empleo para extranjeros que pretenden internarse en las siguientes condiciones de estancia:

  1. Visitante con permiso para realizar actividades remuneradas, cuando la ocupación requiera una temporalidad no mayor que 180 días.
  2. Residente temporal, cuando la ocupación requiera una temporalidad mayor a 180 días.

- El permiso de trabajo se otorga en la ocupación que corresponda conforme a la clasificación del Sistema Nacional de Clasificación de Ocupaciones o el que en su momento sustituya a éste. Para los efectos de estos Lineamientos, se entiende por ocupación al conjunto de tareas y cometidos desempeñados por una persona, o que se prevé que ésta desempeñe para un empleador.

Información importante para el usuario:

- Para contratar personal extranjero o emitir oferta de empleo a una persona extranjera, las personas físicas y morales que la contraten deberán tener constancia de inscripción del empleador emitida por el Instituto.

- El permiso de trabajo o el otorgamiento de una condición de estancia que suponga realizar actividades a cambio de una remuneración, no implica validación de certificaciones, licencias, títulos, permisos, anuencias u otros similares, o autorización por parte de la autoridad migratoria sobre el nivel de competencia o capacidad que requiere la persona extranjera para realizar las actividades que oferta el empleador.

- El permiso de trabajo se otorga en la ocupación que corresponda conforme a la clasificación del Sistema Nacional de Clasificación de Ocupaciones o el que en su momento sustituya a éste, que publica el Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía.

Para conocer la oficina más cercana del INAMI para iniciar el trámite, le aconsejo visitar la página web

Para conocer la oficina más cercana del INAMI para iniciar el trámite, le aconsejo visitar la página web http://www.inm.gob.mx/