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Requirements for foreign visitors who intend to enter and remain in Mexico as temporary residents for a period greater than 180 days and less than 4 years.

  1. Visa application form printed on one page, double sided, properly completed on both sides and signed by the applicant.Please do write in the attached supporting documents.
  2. Passport or valid travel and identity document, original and a photocopy of the page containing the photograph and personal data.
  3. Original and a photocopy of the migratory document proving your legal migratory status in USA (only for applicants who are not USA citizens).
  4. One photograph measuring 3.9 cm x 3.1 cm, face uncovered, no eyeglasses, frontal view, in color, with white background.
  5. Payment of fees in cash or card for the reception and analysis of the documents provided by the applicant. (36 USD)
  6. The payment does not guarantee the issuing of the requested visa.

In addition, the following documents must be presented depending on the category applied for:

 

a) Economic solvency:

  • Original and a photocopy of investment receipts or bank statements showing an average monthly balance of $19,143.00 dollars per applicant during the past twelve months; or
  • Original and a photocopy of documents showing that the applicant has employment or a pension with a monthly tax-free income of over $1,149.00 dollars during the past six months.
  • All bank statements need to be certified by the applicants bank either by letterhead document or bank seal on statements.

b) Scientific research in waters under Mexican jurisdiction:

  • A copy of the communication through which the Mexican diplomatic office in the applicant’s country of nationality or residence notifies the foreigner that the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) received authorization from the competent national authorities, in the case of foreigners who wish to enter Mexico to participate in scientific research projects and/or collect samples in Mexican territory or waters under Mexican jurisdiction. The communication must contain the following information:
  1. Full name and nationality of the applicant.
  2. Business or company name of the public or private organization or institution inviting the foreigner.
  3. Information on the activity to be conducted by the foreigner or the project in which the foreigner will participate, and
  4. Estimated length or approximate end date of the activity to be undertaken.

c) Invitation from an organization or a public or private institution:

1. Original letter from a public or private organization or institution of renowned integrity inviting the foreigner to participate in a non-remunerated activity in Mexican territory. The letter must contain the following data:

i. Full name and nationality of the applicant or interested party.
ii. Business or company name of the organization.
iii. Official registration number, if applicable.
iv. Purpose of the organization or private institution.
v. Complete address and contact information for the organization or institution.
vi. Information on the activity to be conducted or the project in which the foreigner will participate. The foreigner’s activity must be related to the objectives of the inviting organization or institution.
vii. Estimated length or approximate end date of the activity to be undertaken.
viii. A statement of the binding responsibility to cover living expenses for the foreigner during his/her stay in Mexico, and to ensure the foreigner’s return to his/her country of origin or residence, and
ix. A copy of the official identification of the person signing the letter of invitation.

2. To prove that it has sufficient funds to comply with the binding responsibility referred to in section viii of the preceding numeral, the inviting organization or private institution will present the original and a photocopy of the investment receipts or bank statements showing an average monthly balance of $701,000.00 Mexican pesos or its equivalent of $42,060.00 dollars during the past twelve months. Public and private institutions belonging to the Mexican National Educational System do not need to prove economic solvency.

3. The foreigner must present the original and a photocopy of documents proving that s/he has the necessary experience, capacity, skills or expertise to develop the activity for which s/he has been invited.

4. In the event that the inviting institution will not cover living expenses:

i. Original and a photocopy of investment receipts or bank statements showing an average monthly balance of $21,030.00 dollars during the past twelve months, or
ii. Original and a photocopy of documents showing that the applicant has employment or a pension with a monthly tax-free income greater than $1,262.00 dollars during the past six months.

d) Family Unity:

Family Unity Applications can only be accepted at an Embassy or Consular Office if the Mexican citizen or foreigner with temporary or permanent resident status in Mexico is outside Mexico and accompanies the family member at the time the application is submitted. Family ties must be proven as follows:

1 - Ties with a foreigner who holds a temporary resident visa or temporary student resident visa:

i. If the applicant is the spouse of the foreigner holding a temporary resident or temporary student resident visa, ties can be demonstrated by a marriage certificate issued by a competent authority in conformity with the applicable legislation in the country where the legal ceremony took place, original and a photocopy; or

If the applicant has a foreign child who holds a temporary resident or temporary student resident visa, ties can be demonstrated by the birth certificate of the child, original and a photocopy; or

If the applicant has a foreign mother or father who holds a temporary resident or temporary student resident visa, provided that the applicant is a child, or an adolescent who has not married, or has been declared incompetent and under the foreign parent’s legal representation, ties can be demonstrated by the birth certificate of the applicant, original and a photocopy; or

If the applicant is the child of the spouse of a foreigner who holds a temporary resident or temporary student resident visa, provided that the applicant is a child, or an adolescent who has not married, or has been declared incompetent and under the foreign parent’s legal representation, ties can be demonstrated by:

  • Applicant’s birth certificate, original and a photocopy, and
  • Marriage certificate issued by a competent authority in conformity with the applicable legislation in the country where the legal ceremony took place, original and a photocopy.

ii. Temporary resident or temporary student resident visa, original and a photocopy, and
iii. Economic solvency to support each of the family members during their stay in the country, may be proven with:

  • Original and a photocopy of investment receipts or bank statements showing an average monthly balance of $421.00 dollars during the past twelve months; or
  • Original and a photocopy of documents showing that the applicant has employment or a pension with a tax-free monthly income greater than $421.00 dollars during the past six months.

2 - Marriage with a foreigner who holds a permanent resident visa:

i. Marriage certificate issued by a competent authority in conformity with the applicable legislation in the country where the legal ceremony took place, original and a photocopy;

ii. Permanent resident visa, valid and in force, original and a photocopy, and

iii. Economic solvency to support the spouse during his/her stay in the country, may be proven with:

  • Original and a photocopy of investment receipts or bank statements showing an average monthly balance of $421.00 dollars during the past twelve months, or
  • Original and a photocopy of documents showing that the applicant has employment or a pension with a tax-free monthly income greater than $421.00 dollars during the past six months.

3 - Ties to a foreigner who holds the migratory status of temporary resident or temporary student resident:

i. If the applicant is the spouse of the foreigner whose migratory status is that of temporary resident or temporary student resident, ties can be demonstrated by a marriage certificate issued by a competent authority in conformity with the applicable legislation in the country where the legal ceremony took place, original and a photocopy; or

If the applicant has a foreign child whose migratory status is that of temporary resident or temporary student resident, ties can be demonstrated by the birth certificate of the child, original and a photocopy; or

If the applicant has a foreign mother or father whose migratory status is that of temporary resident or temporary student resident, provided that the applicant is a child, or an adolescent who has not married, or has been declared incompetent and under the foreign parent’s legal representation, ties can be demonstrated by the birth certificate of the applicant, original and a photocopy; or

If the applicant is the child of the spouse of a foreigner whose migratory status is that of temporary resident or temporary student resident, provided that the applicant is a child, or an adolescent who has not married, or has been declared incompetent and under the foreign parent’s legal representation, ties can be demonstrated by:

  • Applicant's birth certificate, original and a photocopy, and
  • Marriage certificate issued by a competent authority in conformity with the applicable legislation in the country where the legal ceremony took place, original and a photocopy.

ii. Temporary resident or temporary student resident card, original and a photocopy, and

iii. Should the applicant have ties to a foreigner whose status is that of temporary student resident:

  • Letter or certificate issued by the educational institute confirming that the foreigner whose status is that of temporary student resident is continuing his/her studies.

4 - Marriage with a foreigner whose migratory status is that of permanent resident:

i. Marriage certificate issued by a competent authority in conformity with the applicable legislation in the country where the legal ceremony took place, original and a photocopy;

ii. Permanent resident card, valid and in force, original and a photocopy.

5 - Marriage with a Mexican citizen:

i. Marriage certificate issued by a competent authority in conformity with the applicable legislation in the country where the legal ceremony took place, original and a photocopy; and

ii. Document proving Mexican nationality, original and a photocopy.

f) Real Estate Property in Mexican territory:

  1. Both original and a photocopy of the Public Deed signed before a Commissioner of Oaths certifying that the foreigner is the holder of real estate with a value exceeding $2,804,000.00 Mexican pesos or its equivalent of $169,866.00 dollars.

g) Investor:

1. Deed or policy from a Mexican corporation signed before a Commissioner of Oaths, or a document duly certified by the administrative body or a competent officer thereof, stating that the foreigner has shares in the capital stock of the Mexican corporation, and that the amount of the investment effectively disbursed for the foreigner’s share in the corporation would exceed $1,402,000.00 Mexican pesos or its equivalent of $84,933.00 dollars; this could be proven by a contract for the purchase of shares or stocks, contract for the transfer of assets or rights to the Mexican corporation, or a document issued by the corporation proving the amount contributed for shares in the capital stock, original and a photocopy;

2. Document proving the ownership of personal property by a foreign corporation, with a value exceeding $1,402,000.00 Mexican pesos or its equivalent of $84,933.00 dollars, original and a photocopy; or

3. Documentation proving the conducting of economic or business activities in Mexican territory, which could be proven by documents such as (but not limited to) contracts, service orders, invoices, receipts, business plans, licenses and permits, or a certificate issued by the Mexican Social Security Institute proving that the foreigner employs at least three workers, original and a photocopy.

Important Notes:

Issuance of the visa is subject to the result of the interview.

The visa may only be used during the period of validity, which begins on the date of issuance, and is valid for one single entry. Once you have entered Mexican territory, within the first 30 calendar days, you must go to the National Migration Institute to process the residence card that proves your legal status in the country and allows you to remain in Mexico.

In the case of Family Unity, if the supporting documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate) are issued outside the jurisdiction of the Mexican representative office performing the procedure, the documents must be apostilled by the corresponding authorities. If the documents are from a country other than USA, they must be apostilled or legalized, depending on the country.

Residents who seek to conduct remunerated or philanthropic activities related to the practice of a profession or that require special authorization, must comply with the provisions of the applicable legislation on the subject and obtain authorization from the competent authorities.

Under no circumstances may the applicant apply for a visa for more than one spouse even should the legislation of the other country allow for such. A second application would only possible upon proving to the consular office, by means of documents issued by a competent authority, that the previous relationship had been dissolved or terminated.

Immigration authorities may decide to refuse the request to enter the country if the applicant is subject to criminal process or has been convicted of a serious crime as defined by national laws on criminal matters or provisions in international treaties or conventions that the Mexican State is party to, or if the applicant’s background in Mexico or abroad could compromise national or public security, in accordance with Article 43 of the Migration Law.