Foreigners who wish to travel to Mexico in the aim of carrying out procedures to adopt a child and are nationals or residents of a country that belongs to the Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, or a country with which Mexico has an agreement on this topic, must apply in person for a Visitor Visa to conduct Adoption Proceedings 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 proving the applicant’s legal status 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, with white background.
  5. Original and a photocopy of the Adoptability Report or pre-assignment issued by the National System for Integrated Family Development [Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF)], including information on the identity of the child.
  6. and a photocopy of the document showing acceptance of the assignment of the child and continuation of the adoption proceedings. The document must be issued by the competent authority in the corresponding province, and must mention the interest of the authority and the applicants in continuing with the adoption process.
  7. Payment of the fees in cash for the processing of the visa application.

Important Note:

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

In compliance with all requirements a visa will be issued, valid for one single entry. Once the applicant has entered Mexican territory, s/he must, within the first 30 calendar days, apply to the the National Migration Institute for a visitor card for adoption purposes. With this document, the foreigner may remain in Mexico until the final adoption ruling is pronounced, and, where applicable, the birth certificate is inscribed in the Civil Registry, and the applicant obtains the child’s Mexican passport and other necessary documents to travel to the adoptive parent’s country of residence.

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.