Voluntary worker VISA

According to Mexican Immigration Law which came into force on 9 November 2012, British and EU nationals who are going to undertake the following “Activities Non Remunerated” in Mexico for less than six months are exempt of Visa: the beginning or execution of an investment project, to perform professional practices, voluntary work, internship,  to give technical or professional advice to public or private institutions, lectures, courses or training of staff, to perform an audit, repair or install machinery and software, to design or start the operation of a plant agreed previously on contracts, or to give services agreed on transfer’s contracts of technology, patents or marks. Simply they must fill in a FMM migration form (landing card) obtained on the airplane or at the port of entry in Mexico and declare the purpose of their visit.

You will need to book your appointment through Mexitel.

To enter the country visitors must fulfil the following requirements:

  • A valid Passport at the time of the intended date of entry to Mexico.
  • Immigration authorities may request additional information such as: main destination, hotel accommodation, return ticket, proof of financial means (international credit cards, debit cards or traveller's cheques),  head letter (copy) from the Mexican Company/Institution requesting the professional services of the applicant. The letter must include that they will be responsible of the applicant, stating the place where she or he will perform her/his professional services,  and the duration of the voluntary work and that he/she will not receive any salary from a Mexican company or institution.

Note: Visitors must obtain a landing card (FMM form) from the airline or at any port of entry in Mexico and complete this form with his/her individual information. The immigration officer will stamp the FMM card upon arrival. PLEASE KEEP IT IN A SAFE PLACE AND DO NOT LOSE IT. YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR THIS DOCUMENT AT YOUR DEPARTURE FROM MEXICO. The Mexican migratory authorities have the faculty to grant or deny the entry into Mexico if the visitor does not fully comply with the migratory regulations.

British and EU nationals who are going to undertake “Activities Non Remunerated” for more than six months, the company must request the Consulate to issue a “Temporary Resident Visa” (Residente Temporal). This is a single entry Visa and will allow the applicants to enter to the country to exchange it for a Temporary Resident Card within 30 days upon their arrival at the nearest migration office (INM). The temporary resident card will be valid for one year and multiple entries.

You will need to book your appointment through Mexitel.

Requirements for a Temporary Resident Visa (Residente Temporal):

Requirements

1. Valid passport and photocopy of the pages where the personal details and holder's photograph are found.

2. Visa application it is recommended to fill in the application in Microsoft Word.

3. One UK size passport photograph (it must be in colour, with the face clearly visible  without glasses, white background and  be taken within  the last month).

4. Head letter from the Mexican Company/Institution requesting the professional services (voluntary work) of the applicant. The letter must include that they will be responsible of the applicant, stating the place where she or he will perform her/his professional services,  and the duration of the voluntary work.  The letter must specify that the applicant will stay in the country for more than 6 months and that he/she will not receive any salary from a Mexican company or institution. The letter must be accompanied by a photocopy of an official  ID of the person who signed it.

5. Original and copy of the document proving that the applicant possesses the experience, abilities, skills or knowledge needed to undertake the activities for which he/she has been invited to perform in Mexico (CV).

6. Original and copy of the last six month bank statements.

7. Payment of consular fees (Visa) made in cash, postal orders or company’s cheque, payable to the Mexican Consulate

Processing time. Two working days after handing in the aforementioned documentation, in a complete and satisfactory manner.

Notes:

  1. In order to obtain the Temporary Resident Card, the applicant must pay the migratory fees in Mexican pesos at the National Institute of Migration

When the visitor has been invited by a Mexican company/Institution to perform lucrative activities, the Mexican company/institution must request the work permit at the National Migration Institute in Mexico www.inm.gob.mx