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General visitors (non-lucrative visa: Tourist/Transit/Business)

The visitor visa allows you to stay in Mexico for a period of up to 180 days, without permission to carry out any paid activities.

Visas are processed exclusively at the Embassy of Mexico at G.C. Corporate Plaza, 150 Legazpi Street, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.

The physical presence of the applicant is an absolute requirement to carry out the consular interview.


Requirements:

Please read carefully the below requirements and present all the documents in an envelope to the consular officer the day of your appointment.

1.    Visa application form duly filled and signed (double sided printed).
Download it here
2.    Passport with a minimum validity of six months.
3.    Visa application fee.
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4.    One recent color photo (passport size, white background, no digital retouch, the face must be uncovered without glasses or any other accessory/decoration).
5.    Copy of valid filipino visa, in case of non Filipino citizen.
6.    One of the following documents:

A.    Last three months’ bank statements and a letter from the bank specifying the     account opening date and financial balance. These documents must be issued on the same month as the scheduled appointment and must be duly signed and stamped by the bank.

B.    Payment slips of the last three months and an employer’s letter addressed to the Embassy of Mexico, issued on letterhead paper stating the applicant’s position, period of employment, monthly and annual salary, the company’s contact details and the name and position of the person who signs it. You must also provide the bank statements showing the transfer salary into your account (they must be duly signed and stamped by the bank).

C.    Proof of enrollment at a University/School if you are currently studying in the Philippines, and a document showing that you have a steady job, a pension or a scholarship, including your monthly income of the last three months.

D.    If you are invited by a public or private organization in Mexico, you will need to show the following documents:
-   Original invitation letter to attend an event or a non-remunerated activity for a term of 180 days or less. The letter must be issued in letterhead paper and state the name and nationality of applicant, name of the organization and official registry number in Mexico, name of a contact person who is a representative of the organization, objective of the organization, detailed program to carry out in Mexico, starting and termination dates of the activities. It has also specify the commitment of the organization to cover the expenses during the stay in Mexico. A photocopy of an official ID with photo and signature of the person who signs the letter is required.
-    To prove that the organization has the financial solvency to cover the expenses, it is required to present the organization’s bank stamens during the last 12 months.
-    Proof of professional skills, experience, abilities or knowledge to perform the activities you have been invited for.

E.    If you are accepted to study a short course (less than 180 days) you must present the following documents:
-    Acceptance letter from a National Education System institution, issued in letterhead paper stating the name and details of the course, name and nationality of the applicant, name of institution and registry name in Mexico, name of a contact person who is the representative of the institution, grade of the course (graduate, undergraduate or others), starting and termination dates of the course, tuition cost and specify the commitment of the institution to cover the expenses while staying in Mexico. A photocopy of an official ID with photo and signature of the person who signs the letter is required.
-    Proof of financial solvency to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses. It is required to present the bank statements of the last 3 months or proof of steady job, pension or scholarship showing a monthly income. If the applicant is under 25 years old, the financial solvency can be accredited by the parents or legal tutor. It is allowed to present the academic institution’s letter stating that you have been granted with a scholarship.


Important information:

All the appointments must be scheduled, without exception, via MEXITEL (https://mexitel.sre.gob.mx). Appointments cannot be processed directly by the Embassy.

Please be advised that Mexitel allocates slots on first come first served basis. If the visa option you want to apply for is not available, it means that all appointments are currently booked.

The applicant is responsible to provide all the above-mentioned requirements on the day of interview.

The Embassy reserves the right to request additional information/documents.

The visa does not guarantee the entry into Mexico. The final decision is subject to approval by the migratory authority at the point of entry.

We strongly advised not to make any travel arrangement until a decision on your visa has been made. The Embassy will not be responsible for any flight tickets purchased.



Payment:

The payment is made in cash the day of your appointment.

Payment is not refundable, regardless of the visa application result.

Consular fees change on a monthly basis.



Exceptions:

Holders of any multiple entry valid U.S.A., Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, Schengen area visa do not need a Mexican visa to travel on business, tourism or transit purposes for less than 180 days, as long as the visa is valid during the entire stay in Mexico.

Permanent residents of U.S.A., Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, any Schengen area country and any country of the Pacific Alliance do not need a visa to enter to Mexico as long as they can provide proof of permanent residence.

If you are a business person within the APEC region (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and have an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC), you don’t need a visa to enter to Mexico as a visitor/business for up to three months.

If the exceptions do not apply you, you will need a visa to travel to Mexico.

In all cases, please be advised that immigration authorities have the right to grant or deny the entry into Mexico.



Safety measures:

-    Arrive few minutes before your appointment.
-    Wearing a mask and face shield is mandatory.
-    Temperature will be taken at the Embassy’s entrance. If your temperature is over than 38ºC access will be denied.
-    Bring your own stationery (pen, pencil, etc.).
-    Companions are not allowed.

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Student Visa


Student Visa

If you have been accepted to study at a Mexican institution for a course longer than six months, you will need to apply for a Temporary Resident Student Visa.

All visas are processed at the Mexican Embassy in Makati, Metro Manila (G.C. Coroporate Plaza, 150 Legazpi Street, Makati, Philippines). The physical presence of the applicant at the Embassy is an absolute requirement.

Temporary Resident Student Visas are valid for six months and include one entry. Once you enter Mexico, you will need to exchange your visa for a temporary resident student card at the National Migration Institute (INM) within the first month after your arrival. This card will allow you to stay in the country for more than six months and includes multiple entries into Mexico.

Important: Filipino passport holders do need a visa to undertake studies for under 180 days in Mexico.

 


Requirements

1.    An application form duly completed [download it here]
2.    Current passport with a minimum validity left of six months.
3.    One passport size photograph with white background and visible facial traits (i.e. hair not covering the face).
4.    Copy of valid filipino visa (for non-filipino citizens), as proof that you are legally residing in the Philippines. NOTE: All applicants must be legally in the Philippines at the moment of applying for a Mexican visa.
5.    For applicants under 18 years of age, birth certificate and official IDs of the parents or legal guardians.
6.    Original and a photocopy of the letter of acceptance from the institution where the applicant intends to study. This letter MUST include:

o    Full name of the applicant.

o    Level, degree and area of study that will be pursued.

o    Name of the course to which the applicant has been accepted.

o    Start and end dates of the course.

o    Cost of school fees/tuition, specifying clearly if the tuition will be waived or if there will be any financial assistance offered.

o    Contact information for the educational institution.

7.    ONE of the following supporting documents:

Either:

o    Proof of regular, steady income for each and every single one of the past three months, counting backwards from the date of the appointment (or the most recent possible), of at least 100 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $14,170.00 MXN, equivalent to approximately $790.00 USD after taxes). Income has to be substantiated by presenting payslips/scholarship payments and bank statements that match the deposit of that income into your bank account.

OR

o    Bank or financial statements showing an average monthly balance of at least 1000 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $141,700.00MXN, equivalent to approximately $7,900.00USD) in savings or investments for each and every single month over the past three months, counting backwards from the date of the appointment (or the most recent possible). The statements must be stamped by the issuing bank/financial institution and show the monthly balance of each and every month. If the statements are issued by a bank or financial institution outside of the Philippines, you must include an official letter in English or Spanish from the issuing institution stating the equivalent of your savings/investments in USD or Mexican Pesos and providing contact details of a representative that can confirm the validity of the statements.


OR

o    Documents showing that the applicant has received a scholarship to undertake his/her studies in Mexico. An original letter from the educational institution proving the awarding of the scholarship is needed. The amount of the scholarship must be quantifiable (shown in PHP or Mexican Pesos), and be clearly stated.
 
Important: If the applicant is under 25 years old, financial solvency can be accounted for by his/her parents by providing the documents mentioned on A) or B) and the birth certificate of the applicant.

Only official, original bank statements are accepted. If they are provided in electronic form, they need to be printed and stamped by the bank. Online transactions listings are generally not accepted as proof of financial solvency, unless they have been printed and certified (stamped) by the relevant bank. The original statements or the electronic statements certified (stamped) by the bank will need to be provided at the interview at the Embassy.

Documents that are not in either Spanish or English need to be accompanied by a certified translation into Spanish. Furthermore, any official documents that are not issued by the Philippines authorities need to be legalized/apostilled.

 




How to apply

1.    Choose a date and time for an appointment via MEXITEL: LINK-MEXITEL. NOTE: you can change the language of MEXITEL by clicking on the flags on the upper right corner. If more than one person will apply for the visa, each applicant must have their own appointment.

2.    On the day of the appointment, you will be required to appear before the Embassy of Mexico with your passport, visa application form (with the passport sized photo affixed to it) and all supporting documents (original and copy) for a consular interview. There is no visa processing done online or through post.

NOTE: The original passport, complete visa application form, photograph and all other supporting documents must be brought to the embassy on the day of the appointment.

3.    On the day of the appointment, the biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) will be taken, the visa fee will be paid and the consular interview will be held. After the consular interview, the applicant will leave all documentation at the embassy, including their passport, for processing.


4.    Within three days of the consular interview, you will be notified by phone or email if the visa will be granted. After the notification, the passports will be ready for collection at the embassy. If you cannot collect the passport in person, you can either give someone else a simple authorization letter (signed by you and them, and with a copy of their ID), under strict responsibility of the applicant.

 



Costs
•   Consular fees are updated every month and you are required to check the updated fee before your appointment.
•    Visa fees, regardless of whether the visa is issued or denied, must be paid on the day of the appointment.
•    Visa fees will have to be paid by in exact cash on the day of the appointment. Card payments are not accepted.

 



Validity
•    Temporary Resident Visas with work permit have a validity of six months from the day they are issued.
•    Upon arrival in Mexico, the Temporary Resident Student Visas must be exchanged within the first 30 days at the National Migration Institute (INM) for a temporary resident card. More information here (in Spanish): Expedición de documento migratorio por canje .




Additional information to take into consideration

•    Meeting the minimum requirements to apply for the Temporary Resident Student Visa does not guarantee that the visa will be approved. Further information might be requested by the consular agent in charge of processing your application.

•    Due to high demand, we advise you to start your visa application at least ONE month ahead of your planned travel date.

•    We strongly advise NOT to make any travel arrangements until a decision on your visa has been made. The embassy will not take any responsibility for any plane tickets purchased before your visa has been approved.

•    Once you arrive in Mexico, you must present your visa at the National Migration Institute (INM) within the first 30 days of arrival, in order to receive a temporary resident student card. More information here (in Spanish): Expedición de documento migratorio por canje.

•    If you are considering taking your household items with you (furniture, clothing, other articles for personal use) and you are granted a Temporary Resident Visa, you will be eligible to apply for a certificate for the exemption of taxes on the household goods (menaje de casa).



Familiar Unity
•    Spouses and children of holders of Temporary Resident Student Visa/card of Mexico, can apply for a Temporary Resident Visa on the basis of familiar unity.

 


Frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Do I need an appointment to apply for the visa?

Yes. It is essential that you make an appointment for all visa applications.

I have been accepted to a short course (less than 6 months). Do I need to apply for a temporary resident student visa?

No. If you are a filipino passport holder, you can study in Mexico for up to six months by entering Mexico on your valid filipino Passport and valid mexican tourist visa. If you have a different nationality, you might need to apply for a Mexican Visitor Visa.  

Do Temporary Resident Student Visas allow me to work in Mexico?

No. However, you may apply for a work permit at the National Migration Institute (INM) once you are in Mexico. You can read more information here (in Spanish): Obtención de permiso de trabajo.

 


For more information, please contact:
Consular Section
Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines
G.C. Corporate Plaza
150 legazpi Street
Makati
+63 8812-2211, +63 8812-2212, +63 8812-2213
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Temporary Resident Visa


Temporary Resident Visa

A temporary resident visa is the first step if you want to stay in Mexico more than 180 days and less than 4 years.

The visa is valid for six months and includes one entry. Once you arrive in Mexico, you must present your Temporary Resident Visa at the National Migration Institute (INM) within the first 30 days of arrival, in order to receive a Temporary Resident Card which will allow you to stay in the country for up to four years, depending on your circumstances.

A temporary resident visa does NOT allow the visa holder to work in Mexico (receive payment of compensation from any Mexican person, company or entity in exchange for their services), unless a working permit has been previously authorized by the INM.

However, under normal circumstances it is possible to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa and apply for a working permit once in Mexico, but be advised, no work is possible until Mexican immigration authorities have granted the working permit, regardless of the visa held by the applicant.

All visas are processed at the Mexican Embassy in Makati, Metro Manila (G.C. Coroporate Plaza, 150 Legazpi Street, Makati, Philippines). The physical presence of the applicant at the Embassy is an absolute requirement.




Requirements

1.    An application form duly completed [download it here]
2.    Current passport with a minimum validity left of six months.
3.    One passport size photograph with white background and visible facial traits (i.e. hair not covering the face).
4.    Copy of valid filipino visa, either stamped or card (for non-filipino citizens), as proof that you are legally residing in the Philippines. NOTE: All applicants must be legally in the Philippines at the moment of applying for a Mexican visa.
5.    For applicants under 18 years of age, birth certificate and official IDs of the parents or legal guardians.


ONE of the following supporting documents (sections A to F):

A) Proof of economic solvency.

Either:
o    Bank or financial statements showing an average monthly balance of 5,000 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $708,500.00MXN, equivalent to approximately $40,000.00 USD) in savings or investments for each and every single month over the past twelve months, counting backwards from the application lodgement date. The statements must be stamped by the issuing bank/financial institution and show the monthly balance of each and every month. If the statements are issued by a bank or financial institution outside of the Philippines, you must include an official letter in English or Spanish from the issuing institution stating the equivalent of your savings/investments in PHP or Mexican Pesos and providing contact details of a representative that can confirm the validity of the statements.

AND/OR

o    Proof or regular, steady income for each and every single one of the past six months, counting backwards from the application lodgement date, of 300 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $42,510.00 MXN, approximately $2,400.00 USD). Income has to be substantiated by presenting payment slips and bank statements that match the amounts indicated. The bank statements must be stamped by the issuing bank.


  
B) Familiar Unity. Proof of family bonds to a Mexican citizen or a temporary/permanent/student temporary resident of Mexico (holding a Mexican resident visa or card).

o    Original and copy of the official ID of the Mexican citizen or temporary/permanent/student temporary resident of Mexico (Mexican passport for Mexicans, Mexican resident card/visa for residents of Mexico). The Mexican citizen or resident of Mexico must also be physically present at the embassy on the day of the appointment. If the Mexican citizen or resident of Mexico is in Mexico, they can request the visa at the National Migration Institute (more information here: Visa por unidad familiar and here Preguntas frecuentes para solicitar visa por unidad familiar).

o    ONE of the following (depending on your situation):

•    For spouses: original and a photocopy of the legal marriage certificate, common-law certificate or equivalent, issued by the appropriate Mexican or filipino authority. If the marriage took place in a different country, it must be apostilled or legalized by the correspondent authority in that country and have a certified translation into Spanish or English.

•    For parents: If the applicant is the parent of the Mexican citizen or temporary/permanent/student temporary resident of Mexico, original and copy of the birth certificate of the Mexican citizen or resident of Mexico. If the document was not issued in Mexico or the Philippines, it must be apostilled or legalized by the corresponding authority and have a certified translation into Spanish or English. For parents of Mexican citizens, only the Mexican birth certificate will be accepted.

•    For underage children: If the applicant is a minor and the son/daughter of the Mexican citizen or resident of Mexico: original and copy of the birth certificate of the applicant. If the document was not issued in the Philippines, it must be apostilled or legalized by the corresponding authority and have a certified translation into Spanish or English.

•    For underage children of spouses: If the applicant is the underage son/daughter of the spouse of the Mexican citizen or permanent resident/temporary resident/temporary student resident and is under his legal guardianship: birth certificate of the applicant and marriage certificate of the spouse of the Mexican permanent resident.

o    Proof of economic solvency to cover the expenses of each and every family member: Either:

•    Investments. Statements issued by a bank and/or financial institution showing an average monthly balance of at least 100 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $14,170.00 MXN, equivalent to approximately $780.99 USD or 38,000.99 PHP) per family member for each and every single one of the past twelve months.

AND/OR

•    Income. Proof of regular, steady income for each and every single one of the past six months, counting backwards from the date of the application, of at least 100 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $14,170.00 MXN, equivalent to approximately $790.00 USD or 38,000.00 PHP) per family member.



C) Scientific investigation in Mexican Waters

If you will be applying for a Temporary Resident Visa to conduct scientific research in Mexican waters, you will need to provide the following:

o    Copy of the written letter by which the diplomatic representation in Mexico of the national or resident country, confirms that the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores - SRE) has received the authorization by the national authorities for the scientific/research activities in Mexican waters. The written letter must contain the following information:

•    Full name and nationality of the applicant.
•    Name of the organization or public institution inviting the applicant.
•    Information about the activities or projects in which the applicant will participate.
•    Estimated length or approximate end date of the activity.


   
D) Invitation of an organization or a public or private institution.

If you will be applying for a Temporary Resident Visa by invitation of an organization or public or private institution, you will need to provide the following:

o    Original of the invitation letter of an organization or of a public or private institution to participate in an unpaid activity in Mexico. The letter must contain the following information:
•   Full name and nationality of the applicant.
•   Name of the organization or public institution inviting the applicant.
•   Full address, contact information, official registration number (if applicable), and purpose or corporate name of the organization or institution.
•   Information about the activities or projects in which the applicant will participate.
•   Estimated duration or approximate date of completion of the activities in which the applicant will participate.
•    The binding responsibility of the inviting institution to cover the living expenses of the applicant during his/her stay in Mexico and ensuring that the applicant will return to his/her country of origin or residence upon completion of the activity.
•    Copy of the official photo ID (which must include the signature) of the person who signs the responsive letter.

o    Original documents providing proof that the applicant has the experience, capacity, skills or knowledge necessary to carry out the activity for which he/she is invited.

o    If the inviting organization will cover the applicant’s living expenses, proof of economic solvency from the inviting organization or institution. Original and copy of bank statements from the inviting organization/institution showing a monthly average amount of at least 10, 000 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $1,417,000.00 MXN, equivalent to approximately
$79,000.00 USD ), on each and every month of the last twelve months. NOTE: Public and private institutions belonging to the National Education System (for example, universities) do not need to show proof of economic solvency.

o    If the inviting institution will not cover the applicant’s living expenses, proof of economic solvency from the applicant, either by:

•    Original and photocopy of proof of investments or bank statements of the applicant with monthly average balance of at least 5,000 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $708,500.00 MXN, equivalent to approximately $40,000.00 USD) for each and every one of the last twelve months.

AND/OR

•    Original and photocopy of documents that demonstrate that the visa applicant has employment or pension with monthly income (after taxes) greater than 200 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $28,340.00 MXN, approximately $1,600.00 USD) for each and every single one of the past six months.



E) Ownership of real estate in Mexico.

o    Original and copy of Public Deed granted before a Notary Public that proves that the applicant is the owner of a real estate in Mexico. The value of the real estate must exceed the equivalent of 40,000 days of minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $5,668,000.00 MXN equivalent to approximately $315,000.00 USD).



F) Investor.
ONE of the following:

o    Proof of participation in the capital stock of a Mexican legal entity. Official document (Deed or policy) of the Mexican legal entity (company), granted before a Notary Public, or document duly certified by the administrative body or competent Mexican institution, stating that:
•    The applicant participates in the capital stock of that Mexican legal entity (company), AND;
•    That the investment effectively disbursed by the applicant for his/her participation in the Mexican legal entity exceeds the equivalent of 20,000 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $2,834,000.00 MXN equivalent to approximately $158,000.00 USD). This statement must be accredited by presenting the contract for the sale of shares or social parties, contract of transfer of assets or rights in favor of the Mexican legal entity or document issued by this entity that proves the amount contributed by way of the participation in the capital stock, in original and copy;

o    Proof of the ownership of personal property or fixed assets in Mexico in favor of the foreign legal entity, used for economic or business purposes, with a value that exceeds 20,000 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $2,834,000.00 MXN equivalent to approximately $158,000.00 USD) in original and copy;

o    Proof of the development of economic or business activities in Mexico. The supporting documents may include contracts, service orders, invoices, receipts, business plans, licenses or permits, or proof issued by the Mexican Institute of Social Security that proves that the legal entity (company) in Mexico is an employer of at least three workers, in original and copy.

IMPORTANT: Documents that are not in either Spanish or English need to be accompanied by a certified translation into Spanish. Furthermore, any official documents that are not issued by Mexican or filipino authorities need to be legalized/apostilled.

 

 



How to apply

1.    Choose a date and time for an appointment via MEXITEL: LINK-MEXITEL . NOTE: you can change the language of MEXITEL by clicking on the flags on the upper right corner. If more than one person will apply for the visa, each applicant must have their own appointment.

2.    On the day of the appointment, you will be required to appear before the Embassy of Mexico with your passport, visa application form (with the passport sized photo affixed to it) and all supporting documents (original and copy) for a consular interview. There is no visa processing done online or through post. If the applicant is a minor, the parents will need to appear as well, showing the minor’s birth certificate and their official IDs.
NOTE: The original passport, complete visa application form, photograph and all other supporting documents must be brought to the embassy on the day of the appointment.

3.    On the day of the appointment, the biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) will be taken, the visa fee will be paid and the consular interview will be held. After the Consular interview, the applicant will leave all documentation at the embassy, including their passport, for processing.

4.    Within five days of the consular interview, you will be notified by phone or email if the visa will be granted. After the notification, the passports will be ready for collection at the embassy. If you cannot collect the passport in person, you can either give someone else a simple authorization letter (signed by you and them and with a copy of their ID), under strict responsibility of the applicant.

 


Costs
•    Consular fees are updated every month and you are required to check the updated fee before your appointment.
•    Visa fees, regardless of whether the visa is issued or denied, must be paid on the day of the appointment.
•    Visa fees will have to be paid in exact cash on the day of the appointment. Card payments are not accepted.

 



Validity
•    Temporary Resident Visas with work permit have a validity of six months from the day they are issued.
•    Upon arrival in Mexico, the Temporary Resident Visas must be exchanged within the first 30 days at the National Migration Institute (INM) for a Temporary Resident Card. More information here (in Spanish): Expedición de documento migratorio por canje





Additional information to take into consideration

•    The requirements shown above are the minimum requirements to apply for a visa. It is strongly advised that if you have further evidence to support your visa application, you carry it with you on the day of your appointment.

•    Presenting the minimum requirements of the visa application does not mean that the visa will be approved. Further information might be requested by the Consular agent in charge of processing your application.

•    Due to high demand, we advise that you start your visa application at least ONE month ahead of your planned travel date.

•    We strongly advise NOT to make any travel arrangements until a decision on your visa has been made. The embassy will not take any responsibility for any plane tickets purchased before your visa has been approved.

•    If you are considering taking your household items with you (furniture, clothing, other articles for personal use) and you are granted a temporary resident visa, you will be eligible to apply for a certificate for the exemption of taxes on the household (menaje de casa). More information please contact at: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

 


Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do I need an appointment to apply for the visa?

Yes. It is essential that you make an appointment for all visa applications.


My family and I want to apply for temporary resident visas. Can we all apply by providing proof of economic solvency just under my name?

Yes. You will need to apply as the main applicant and comply with the economic solvency requirements (section A). Your family might apply as your dependants, by providing proof of their relationship to you. You must also bring all necessary documents to provide enough proof of economic solvency to cover their expenses (section B).


Can I provide proof of economic solvency for someone else if I am not applying for a visa myself?

No. The economic solvency must be provided by either the applicant or someone who already has a Mexican temporary/permanent/student temporary resident visa or card.


At the moment I meet the minimum economic solvency requirements to apply for the temporary resident visa via investments/savings, but during some of the previous 12 months, I have not met the requirements. Can I still apply for a temporary resident visa if I have not met the minimum financial requirements for each and every one of the last 12 months?

No. If you are supporting your application by presenting proof of economic solvency, you must meet the minimum requirements for each and every single month without exception. Otherwise, the visa will not be issued.



I am married to a Mexican citizen; can I apply for a permanent resident visa?

No. Spouses of Mexican citizens can only apply for a temporary resident visa. However, if you have Mexican children you are eligible to apply for a permanent resident visa if they already have their Mexican birth certificates.


How can I apply for a work visa?

Temporary Resident Visas with work permit are requested by the employer in Mexico from the National Migration Institute (INM). More information here (in Spanish): Visa por oferta de empleo.

Temporary residents can also apply for a work permit while in Mexico. More information here (in Spanish): Obtención de permiso de trabajo.


I have a temporary resident card but it is expired. Can I renew it at the embassy?

No. Temporary/permanent resident cards can only be renewed at the National Migration Institute in Mexico.


I’m married to a Mexican citizen (or temporary/permanent/student temporary resident of Mexico) but he/she is in Mexico and can’t come with me to the embassy. How can I apply for the visa?

If your family member (Mexican national or permanent/temporary/student temporary resident of Mexico) is in Mexico, he/she can request your visa at the National Migration Institute. Once it is accepted, you will be able to attend to the consular interview at the embassy without them (contact the consular section of the embassy prior to making an appointment to verify if your details are correct).


For more information, please contact:
Consular Section
Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines
G.C. Corporate Plaza
150 legazpi Street
Makati
+63 8812-2211, +63 8812-2212, +63 8812-2213
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Temporary Resident Visa with work permit


Temporary Resident Visa with work permit

A temporary resident visa with work permit (work visa) will allow you to enter Mexico, receive a temporary resident card an undertake paid activities in the country.

All temporary resident visas with work permit must first be requested from the National Migration Institute (INM) directly by the employer in Mexico. Only employers registered with the INM can apply for a Work Visa. Individuals cannot apply directly for a work visa.

Once the INM has authorised the request and issued a Unique Processing Number (NUT), the applicant will have to contact the embassy or arrange an appointment for a consular interview. If the consular interview is successful, a temporary resident visa with work permit will be granted.

The visa is valid for six months and includes one entry. Once you arrive to Mexico, you must present your visa at the National Migration Institute (INM) within the first 30 days of arrival, in order to receive a Temporary Resident Card which will allow you to stay in the country for up to four years, depending on your contract and other circumstances.

All visas are processed at the Mexican Embassy in Makati, Metro Manila (G.C. Coroporate Plaza, 150 Legazpi Street, Makati, Philippines). The physical presence of the applicant at the Embassy is an absolute requirement.



Requirements

1.    An application form duly completed [download it here]
2.    Current passport with a minimum validity left of six months.
3.    One passport size photograph with white background and visible facial traits (i.e. hair not covering the face).
4.    Copy of valid filipino visa, either stamped or in card (for non-filipino  citizens), as proof that you are legally residing in the Philippines. NOTE: All applicants must be legally in the Philippines at the moment of applying for a Mexican visa.
5.    Unique Processing Number NUT confirmation letter (provided by the National Migration Institute INM).
6.    Documents that prove you have the skills/knowledge for the position you’ll be filling in Mexico (diplomas, certificates, CV, etc.).

IMPORTANT: Documents that are not in either Spanish or English need to be accompanied by a certified translation into Spanish. Furthermore, any official documents that are not issued by the Philippines or Mexican authorities need to be legalized/apostilled.





How to apply

1.    Choose a date and time for an appointment via MEXITEL: LINK-MEXITEL . NOTE: you can change the language of MEXITEL by clicking on the flags on the upper right corner. If more than one person will apply for the visa, each applicant must have their own appointment.

2.    On the day of the appointment, you will be required to appear before the Embassy of Mexico with your passport, visa application form (with the passport sized photo affixed to it) and all supporting documents (original and copy) for a consular interview. There is no visa processing done online or through post.

NOTE: The original passport, complete visa application form, photograph and all other supporting documents must be brought to the embassy on the day of the appointment.

3.    On the day of the appointment, the biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) will be taken, the visa fee will be paid and the consular interview will be held. After the consular interview, the applicant will leave all documentation at the embassy, including their passport, for processing.

4.    Within five days of the consular interview, you will be notified by phone or email if the visa will be granted. After the notification, the passports will be ready for collection at the embassy. If you cannot collect the passport in person, you can either give someone else a simple authorization letter (signed by you and them, and with a copy of their ID) or leave a self-addressed prepaid Registered Post or Express Post “signature on delivery” envelope at the embassy, which will be used to send your passport back, under strict responsibility of the applicant.





Costs
•    Consular fees are updated every month and you are required to check the updated fee before your appointment.
•    The visa fee, regardless of whether the visa is issued or denied, must be paid on the day of the appointment.
•    Visa fees will have to be paid in exact cash on the day of the appointment. Card payments are not accepted.




Validity
•    Temporary Resident Visas with work permit have a validity of six months from the day they are issued.
•    Upon arrival in Mexico, the Temporary Resident Visas must be exchanged within the first 30 days at the National Migration Institute (INM) for a Temporary Resident Card. More information here (in Spanish): Expedición de documento migratorio por canje




Additional information to take into consideration

•    If you already have an application pending resolution with the INM, or an application pending for a visitor visa with permission to perform renumerated activities, you cannot apply for a Temporary Resident Visa with work permit.

•    If the consular interview is unsuccessful, the visa will be sent back to the INM for reconsideration. Therefore, it is strongly advised that if you have further evidence to support your skills and knowledge, you carry it with you on the day of your appointment.

•    Presenting the minimum requirements of the visa application does not guarantee that the visa will be approved. Further information might be requested by the Consular agent in charge of processing your application.

•    Due to high demand, we advise that you start your visa application at least ONE month ahead of your planned travel date.

•    We strongly advise NOT to make any travel arrangements until a decision on your visa has been made. The embassy will not take any responsibility for any plane tickets purchased before your visa has been approved.

•    If you are considering taking your household items with you (furniture, clothing, other articles for personal use) and you are granted a temporary resident visa, you will be eligible to apply for a certificate for the exemption of taxes on the household goods (menaje de casa). More information please e-mail to: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.

 

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do I need an appointment to apply for the visa?


Yes. It is essential that you make an appointment for all visa applications.


I received a job offer from a company in Mexico and I want to go with my spouse and/or children. What kind of visa should my family apply for?

Your family will need to apply for Temporary Resident Visas as your dependants. They will need to provide proof of their relationship to you and proof of economic solvency to cover their expenses.


If I do not currently have a job offer, can I apply for a Work Visa while in Mexico?
Only temporary residents in Mexico can apply for a work permit while in Mexico. More information here (in Spanish): Obtención de permiso de trabajo .

If you are not a temporary resident of Mexico, you will need to apply to a Temporary Resident Visa from outside of Mexico.


I’m married to a Mexican citizen (or temporary/permanent/student temporary resident of Mexico). Can I apply for a Temporary Resident Visa with work permit?

No. As the spouse of a Mexican citizen or temporary/permanent resident, you may apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (more information on the “Temporary Resident Visa Section of this website”).

Once you are already a temporary resident in Mexico, you can apply for a work permit at the National Migration Institute (INM). More information here (in Spanish): Obtención de permiso de trabajo.



For more information, please contact:
Consular Section
Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines
G.C. Corporate Plaza
150 legazpi Street
Makati
+63 8812-2211, +63 8812-2212, +63 8812-2213
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Permanent Resident Visa


Permanent Resident Visa


A Permanent Resident Visa is only available for people that want to live more than 4 consecutive years in Mexico and have already retired, or are blood-related (child, parent or sibling) to a Mexican citizen or a permanent resident of Mexico.
 

All visas are processed at the Mexican Embassy in Makati, Metro Manila (G.C. Coroporate Plaza, 150 Legazpi Street, Makati, Philippines). The physical presence of the applicant at the Embassy is an absolute requirement.




Requirements

1.    An application form duly completed [download it here]
2.    Original current passport and a color copy
3.    One passport size photograph with white background and visible facial traits (i.e. hair not covering the face).
4.    Copy of valid filipino visa, (for non-filipino citizens), as proof that you are legally residing in the Philippines.

NOTE: All applicants must be legally in the Philippines at the moment of applying for a Mexican visa.

5.    For retirees:

o    Proof of economic solvency by investments or income.

•    Investments. Statements issued by a bank and/or financial institution showing an average monthly balance of at least 20,000 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $2,834,000.00 MXN, equal to approximately 158,000.00 USD or 7’558,000.00 PHP) for each and every single month over the past twelve months, counting backwards from the date of the application.

AND/OR

•    Income. Proof of regular, steady income for each and every single one of the past six months, counting backwards from the date of the application, of at least 500 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $70,850.00 MXN, equal to approximately $3,950.00 USD or 189,000.00 PHP after taxes). Income has to be substantiated by presenting payment slips and bank statements that match the amounts indicated.


6.    For people related to a Mexican citizen.

•    Mexican birth certificate of the Mexican citizen, and:

•    Documents proving the family relationship between the applicant and the Mexican citizen:

           - If the applicant is the parent of a Mexican citizen: Mexican birth certificate of the son/daughter.

           - If the applicant is son/daughter of the spouse of a Mexican citizen: birth certificate of the applicant and marriage certificate between the parent and the Mexican citizen.

           - If the applicant is the sibling of a Mexican citizen: birth certificate of the applicant.

•    The physical presence of the Mexican citizen is required.

Important: The spouses of Mexican citizens, when they do not have Mexican children can apply for a Temporary Resident Visa, but cannot apply for a Permanent Resident Visa solely on the basis of marriage.



7.   For people related to a permanent resident of Mexico.

o    Mexican Permanent Resident Visa or permanent resident card.

o    Documents proving the family relationship between the applicant and the permanent resident:


          - If the applicant is the parent of a permanent resident: birth certificate of the son/daughter.

          - If the applicant is a minor and the son/daughter of the permanent resident: birth certificate of the applicant.

          - If the applicant is the underage sibling of a permanent resident and is under his/her legal guardianship: birth certificate of the applicant.


          - If the applicant is the underage son/daughter of the spouse of a permanent resident and is under his/her legal guardianship: birth certificate of the applicant and marriage certificate of the parent with the permanent resident citizen.


o    Proof of economic solvency to cover the expenses of each and every family member:
    • Proof of economic solvency by investments or income.

    - Investments. Statements issued by a bank and/or financial institution showing an average monthly balance of at least 100 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $14,170.00 MXN, equal to approximately $790.00 USD or 38,000.00 PHP), per family member for each and every single one of the past twelve months.

AND/OR

    - Income. Proof of regular, steady income for each and every single one of the past six months, counting backwards from the date of the application of at least 100 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $114,170.00 MXN, equal to approximately $790.00 USD or 38,000.00 PHP),) for each family member.

o    The physical presence of the permanent resident is required.

 

 



How to apply

1.    Choose a date and time for an appointment via MEXITEL: LINK-MEXITEL. NOTE: you can change the language of MEXITEL by clicking on the flags on the upper right corner. If more than one person will apply for the visa, each applicant must have their own appointment.
2.    On the day of the appointment, you will be required to present at the Embassy of Mexico with your passport, visa application form (with the passport sized photo affixed to it) and all supporting documents (original and copy) for a consular interview. There is no visa processing done online or through post. If the applicant is a minor, the parents will need to appear as well, showing the minor’s birth certificate and their official IDs.

NOTE: The original passport, complete visa application form, photograph and all other supporting documents must be brought to the embassy on the day of the appointment.

3.    On the day of the appointment, the biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) will be taken, the visa fee will be paid and the consular interview will be held. After the Consular interview, the applicant will leave all documentation at the embassy, including their passport, for processing.

4.    Within three days of the consular interview, you will be notified by phone or email if the visa will be granted. After the notification, the passports will be ready for collection at the embassy. If you cannot collect the passport in person, you can either give someone else a simple authorization letter (signed by you and them, and with a copy of their ID), under strict responsibility of the applicant.





Costs
•   Consular fees are updated every month and you are required to check the updated fee before your appointment.
•    Visa fees, regardless of whether the visa is issued or denied, must be paid on the day of the appointment.
•    Visa fees will have to be paid by cash on the day of the appointment. Card payments are not accepted.





Validity
•    Permanent resident visas have a validity of six months from the issue date.
•    Upon arrival in Mexico, the visa must be exchanged within the first 30 days at any office of the National Migration Institute (INM) for a permanent resident card. More information on the process, including requirements, costs, and the location of the National Migration Institute (INM) officers can be found here (in Spanish).





Additional information to take into consideration

•    Spouses of Mexican citizens or permanent residents can apply for a Temporary Resident Visa, as they cannot apply for a Permanent Resident Visa solely on the basis of marriage.

•    Submitting the required documents or having an appointment for the consular interview does not guarantee that the visa will be approved. Further information might be requested by the consular agent in charge of processing your application.

•    Due to high demand, we advise that you start your visa application at least six weeks ahead of your planned travel date.

•    We strongly advise NOT to make any travel arrangements until a decision on your visa has been made. The embassy will not take any responsibility for any plane tickets purchased before your visa has been approved.

•    ALL THE DOCUMENTS WILL HAVE TO BE PRESENTED IN ORIGINALS AND PHOTOCOPY ON THE DAY OF THE APPOINTMENT. Bank statements and other financial information will have to be presented in its original paper form (i.e. paper statements). If the original comes from an electronic statement or file, a printout certified by the financial institution (e.g. stamped) will have to be handed to the Embassy during the appointment.





For more information, please contact:
Consular Section
Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines
G.C. Corporate Plaza
150 legazpi Street
Makati
+63 8812-2211, +63 8812-2212, +63 8812-2213
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