Foreigners who wish to remain in Mexico for a period greater than 180 days to attend courses, pursue studies or training, or conduct research projects at an educational institution belonging to the National Educational System in Mexico, must apply in person for a Temporary Student Resident Visa at the Consular Office closest to their place of residence.


  1. Visa application form printed on one page, double-sided, properly completed and signed.
  2. Valid passport or travel and identity document, original and a photocopy of the page containing the photograph and personal data.
  3. Original and a photocopy of the migratory document accrediting your legal stay in Canada (only for applicants who are not Canadian citizens).
  4. One photograph measuring 3.9 cm x 3.1 cm, face uncovered, no eyeglasses, frontal view, in colour and with white background.
  5. Payment of fees in cash for the processing of the visa application.
  6. Present supporting documents to accredit your studies.
    1. Original and a photocopy of the letter of acceptance from the institution where the applicant intends to study. This letter must include:
      1. Full name of the interested party.
      2. Level, degree and area of study that will be pursued.
      3. Name of the course to which the applicant has been accepted.
      4. Start and end dates of the course.
      5. Cost of school fees.
      6. Contact data for the educational institution
    2. Proof of economic solvency to cover the amount of enrolment, food and board during the applicant’s stay in national territory, which could be:
      1. Original and a photocopy of documents showing that the applicant has a job, pension or scholarship (original letter from the educational institution proving the awarding of the scholarship), with tax-free monthly income greater than $907.00 Canadian dollars during the past three months, or
      2. Original and a photocopy of bank account statements showing sufficient resources to support the applicant in Mexico, from the interested party or his/her parents in the case of applicants under the age of 25. These bank accounts or investments must show a minimum average monthly balance of $9,067.00 Canadian dollars during the past three months.

Important Note:

Issuance of the visa is subject to the outcome of the interview.

If all requirements are met a visa will be issued, valid for one single entry. Once applicants have entered 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.

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.
Students receiving a scholarship from the Mexican government do not need to prove economic solvency. The Consular Office can issue the corresponding visa upon receiving authorization from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.