Technical visitor VISA
According to Mexican Immigration Law which came into force on 9 November 2012, British 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 a investment project, 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.
British 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.
Requirements for a Temporary Resident Visa (Residente Temporal):
- Valid passport and photocopy of the pages where the personal details and holder's photograph are found.
- Visa application it is recommended to fill in the application in Microsoft Word.
- 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).
- Original headed letter from the British/foreign company where the applicant works, stating the applicants salary, technical ability and that the applicant is going to be paid by the UK/foreign company and is not going to receive any salary from a Mexican company or institution. The letter must specify that the applicant will stay in the country for more than 6 months.
- 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.
- Original and copy of the last six months pay slips.
- Headed letter from the Mexican company/institution inviting/requesting the professional services of the applicant. The letter must state the name of the prospective visitor, passport number, purpose of the visit and the length of stay. The letter must be accompanied by a photocopy of an official ID of the person who signed it.
- Payment of consular fees (Visa) made in cash, postal orders or company’s cheque, payable to the Mexican Consulate.
Processing time: Three working days after handing in the aforementioned documentation, in a complete and satisfactory manner.
- In order to obtain the Temporary Resident Card, the applicant must pay the migratory fees in Mexican pesos at the National Institute of Migration
- If the company is not based in the UK, the letter has to be legalized (apostilled).
- Non British nationals must prove they have their work visa for the company which is financially responsible for their expenses and salary. In certain cases it can be required to prove they have their permanent residence in the United Kingdom.
- 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