NEW MEXICO VISA GUIDELINES
On October 10, 2014, the Mexican Federal Government issued new immigration guidelines that provide more flexible criteria for business visitors and temporary resident applicants and new rules for students.
Businesses and foreign nationals will benefit particularly from the following changes:
- Foreign nationals applying for a visa now have a longer period in order to schedule and attend an appointment for a consular interview (from 15 business days from the date of work permit approval to 30 business days).One of the main benefits for the business and foreign investors is related to the requested amounts in order to prove economic solvency for business and temporary resident applicants, which have been lowered. Foreign nationals applying for work authorization now have a longer period in which to contact the consulate. Foreign students may now apply for dependent family members to join them in Mexico as temporary residents status through a family reunion process.
- Visas/permits affected: Visitor (FMM status), Temporary Resident and Permanent Resident visas.
- Business impact: The guidelines clarify visa rules and provide more predictability to employers and foreign nationals.
Furthermore, it is very important to mention that the new guidelines clarify earlier legislation that reduced all visas into three categories. The new criteria will be used by Mexican consulates and immigration offices to make decisions on visas. The main changes are:
Lower financial thresholds. Applicants in all visa categories – visitor visas, temporary resident and permanent resident visas – who are not paid by a Mexican entity have greater flexibility in demonstrating economic solvency.
New basis for temporary resident visas. Foreigners may apply for temporary resident visas on the basis of an international agreement on the mobility of persons if the foreign national’s country has signed such an agreement with Mexico. This is useful for candidates who are not remunerated by a Mexican entity and do not qualify for temporary resident visas based on other grounds.
Longer deadline to schedule consular visits. Foreign nationals applying for work authorization as a remunerated worker of a Mexican entity now have 30 business days to contact the consular post for a visa interview (as opposed to 15 business days under previous rules).
Foreign students may apply for family members. Foreign students who are temporary residents may now apply for dependent family members to come to Mexico as temporary residents. Students and dependent family members cannot apply for permanent residency on the grounds of having a regular and continuous residence in Mexico for four years.
For further reference please go to http://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5363603&fecha=10/10/2014 to view the Spanish version of the corresponding guidelines. If you required additional information related the above mentioned, please feel free to contact us at (956) 548 9098 and/or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org