Foreigners who wish to travel to Mexico with the intent to conduct remunerated activities must invariably have an offer of employment. The Mexican institution or person who intends to hire the foreigner must submit the visa application directly to the National Migration Institute in Mexico. The Embassy or Consulate can only issue a visa if it has been authorized by the Institute.
Once the foreigner has the corresponding authorization, he must make an appointment at the consular office closest to his place of residence and appear in person with the following documentation:
- Photocopy of the authorization from the National Migration Institute.
- Visa application form printed on one page, double sided, properly completed and signed.
- Passport or valid travel and identity document, original and a photocopy of the page containing the photograph and personal data.
- Original and a photocopy of the migratory document accrediting your legal stay in Canada (only for applicants who are not Canadian citizens).
- One photograph measuring 3.9 cm x 3.1 cm, face uncovered, no eyeglasses, frontal view, in colour and with white background.
- Payment of fees in cash for the issuance of the visa. When the period of stay is less than 180 days, the applicant must also pay the migratory fees.
For foreigners who obtain a valid single entry visa, once they enter Mexican territory they must, within the first 30 calendar days, apply to the National Migration Institute for the residence card that accredits their legal stay in the country and allows them to remain in Mexico for a period greater than 180 days.
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.