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Mexico Work Visas & Permits

If your organization is planning an expansion into Mexico, then chances are you will be looking to bring part of your experienced workforce along to work in the country. To achieve this, you’ll need the correct Mexico work visa. 

The process of obtaining work permits for Mexico can be complex, and it’s crucial that you get it right if you want to avoid obstacles and delays to your expansion efforts.

At Horizons, our global expansion team offers extensive Mexico work visa support services, immigration advice, and customized outsourcing, giving your business and your employees everything necessary to quickly and compliantly kickstart your expansion into Mexico.

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Basic requirements for Mexico work visas

Ideally, your employees will qualify for permanent residency in Mexico as this will give them the most freedom and flexibility to work for you indefinitely. However, qualification for permanent residency can be quite difficult and may require things such as family members already being in Mexico. 

For temporary visas, the requirements are more simple. Some of the general requirements include basics such as a valid travel document like a passport, a completed application, a job offer from an employer in Mexico, proof of work experience/education, and so on.

Types of working visas in Mexico

The two categories of working visas in Mexico are: 

  • Temporary residency visas: These visas allow foreign workers to live and work in Mexico for up to four years.
  • Permanent residency visas: For stays of longer than four years, workers should apply for permanent residency visas.

How to get Mexican work visas

Foreign workers who need to spend more than six months working in Mexico (but under four years), will need to obtain a temporary residency visa with approval to work. As an employer, you will need to submit your application with the Mexican Institute of Immigration, the body that deals with all visas. The application will then be passed onto the relevant consulate and you will generally need to collect it within 15 days of approval. Upon arrival in Mexico, your employees will need to register with the local immigration authority within 30 days to get their residency cards. 

Further considerations for Mexico work visas

It is important to note that the process of moving from a visitor visa to a working visa is difficult in Mexico. Individuals will need to go through the application procedure then leave Mexico to obtain their working visa, making the process lengthy and inefficient. For this reason, it is always best to plan ahead and obtain any necessary work visas well in advance of them being needed. 

How can Horizons help with your Mexico work visas?

At Horizons, we offer support for employers of all kinds throughout their expansion into Mexico, and we are experts in obtaining Mexican work permits. Our Mexico work visa specialists provide bespoke outsourcing services to help you complete Mexico’s complicated work visa process rapidly and cost-effectively. We will ensure that you and your workforce are totally compliant with Mexico’s unique immigration procedures, and simplify the entire process from start to finish. 

Beyond our visa services, we provide extensive outsourcing support that covers recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and more to help your business start trading in Mexico as quickly and effectively as possible, even if you haven’t established an in-country subsidiary.