Virginia, US

Mexico

Whether your company is sending employees to Mexico or expanding outside of Mexico to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our experienced Mexico immigration professionals partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

Mexican law provides for several types of stays for tourism, business visits, study, employment, and permanent residence.  It also provides paths for foreign nationals to acquire permanent residence and Mexican citizenship, usually after a qualifying period of temporary stay in Mexico.

Foreign nationals may conduct any activity for 180 days or less under a Visitor Visa, provided they receive no payments from a Mexican entity. Business visitors to Mexico require the Multiple Use Immigration Form, issued upon arrival at a Mexican port of entry, in order to conduct business activities. Depending on his or her nationality, a foreign national may require an entry visa to visit Mexico.

There are two primary employment categories in Mexico: (1) intracompany transfers lasting for visits of 180 days or less, and (2) local hires and intracompany transfers whose employment lasts greater than 180 days.  Local hires and intracompany transferees on assignment greater than 180 days require a Temporary Residence Visa (Remunerated or Non-Remunerated activities, as applicable) and Resident Identification card.

Note that there have been substantial processing delays since immigration regulations were implemented in November 2012. In some cities, foreign nationals and their employers have experienced up to two-month delays in the issuance of local resident identification cards and work permits and renewals. Lastly, Mexico inconsistently enforces its own laws.

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.

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