- Country Name: United Mexican States
- Capital: Mexico City
- Population: 119,530,753 (2015 estimate)
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: UTC -8 TO -5
- Dialing Code: +52
- Currency: Peso (MXN)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Mexico. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Many companies that were once established in the US have moved to Mexico. These companies will often look to professionals from other countries such as those from high-paying occupations and IT managers.
The Temporary Resident Visa (formally the FM2/FM3 Visa) is the main visa type for those who are looking to travel to Mexico for more than 180 days for any time up to four years.
Partners and same sex couples, either married or unmarried, may apply as the dependant of the main applicant for the Temporary Resident Visa. Parents and in-laws, as well as children under the age of 17 can also accompany a successful applicant.
Whilst children under the age of 17 will be able to study as a dependant, none of those listed above will be allowed to undertake any work under the dependant status
Processes and requirements will vary according to the labour market at the time of application, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We therefore recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
The general process can be summarised as follows: A variety of personal documents must be prepared for the application process; visa appointment booking and payment of visa fee will then need to be undertaken. The applicant should apply for an entry visa at the Mexican consulate in the country of residence. Once obtained, the applicant and family members may now enter Mexico.
The applicant must then process the resident card application within 30 days of their entry into Mexico. Once the applicant has entered Mexico, he/she should not exit again until the temporary residence card has been granted. If travel is unavoidable, a special exit/re-entry permit should be applied for.
Requirements will vary according to type of work permit, country of application, and nationality of the applicant and any dependants.
Applicants will be required to submit a variety of personal and corporate documents to support the application which include, but are not limited to: Passport, educational degree certificate, evidence of finances, photographs, visa application forms and a letter of invitation.
Processing times for this visa type on submission is approximately 2 weeks.
The Temporary resident visa is issued for 180 calendar days with a single entry. The card will then be granted for one year after which when it is time for renewal, temporary residents can apply for one, two or three years extension.
Since the changes to Mexican immigration rules of 9 November 2012, it is no longer permitted for applicants to enter Mexico as visitors and change status post arrival.
After four continuous years under this visa category, visa holders will be allowed to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa which will allow them to reside indefinitely in Mexico.
The requirements for the entry visa vary greatly depending on the consulate of application and – along with procedures – are subject to change. As such we advise consult with your Newland Chase Immigration Advisor for current and detailed information.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation, which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks.
You would be advised to start the visa application process well in advance of the desired date of relocation.
Non-compliance with Mexican immigration rules could incur penalties such as fines, revocation of visas or deportation. It is therefore of the utmost importance that your company is always up-to-date on the latest immigration requirements, and Newland Chase can take care of all your compliance needs. For details, please contact us.