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General Visitors (Non-Lucrative visa)

A visitor visa allows you to stay in Mexico for a period of up to 180 days, provided that you are not carrying out any paid activities. This includes tourism, volunteering, studying courses shorter than 6 months, transit, and attending business meetings, among others, as long as you are absolutely sure that no monetary earnings will be derived from your activities in 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.

 

Do I need a Visitor Visa?

Filipino passport holders do require a visa to enter Mexico as non luctative activities, such tourists, seaferer, transit, business, for a period of less than 180 days.


Citizens of the countries listed on this link do not require a Mexican visitor visa to enter Mexico for business, tourism, short studies (under 6 months) or transit: https://www.inm.gob.mx/gobmx/word/index.php/paises-no-requieren-visa-para-mexico/ .


You can check the list of the countries that do require a Mexican visitor visa on this link:
https://www.inm.gob.mx/gobmx/word/index.php/paises-requieren-visa-para-mexico/ .


If you are a Permanent Resident of the following countries, you do not need a visitor visa to enter Mexico as a tourist/visitor, as long as you can provide proof of your permanent residence:

•    Canada
•    United States
•    United Kingdom
•    Japan
•    Any country of the Schengen Space
•    Any country from the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia and Peru)


If you currently hold a valid multiple entry valid multiple entry visa from Canada, the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or any of the countries that make up the Schengen Area, as long as you do not stay in Mexico for more than 180 days nor work in Mexico, and that your visa is valid during your entire stay in Mexico.


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


If the exemptions do not apply, you will need to apply for a Mexican Visitor Visa.

 

 

Requirements

1.    Visa application form, which you can request at: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.
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 or working , as proof that you are legally residing in the Philippines, in case of non filipino citizens.

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

5.    ONE of the following documents:
o    Bank statements of the last three months, counting backwards from the day of the appointment (for example, if the appointment is on March 15th, the statements have to cover at least from December 15th to March 15th). The average monthly balance must be over 300 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $42,510.00 MXN, equivalent to approximately 114,000.00 PHP) for each and every one of the last three months.


If the bank statements were issued electronically, they must be printed by you and stamped by the issuing bank. If you have multiple bank accounts, please print and stamp the bank statements of all the accounts that will support your visa application. If you do not have a printed and stamped version of your statements, they will not be taken into consideration in the assessment process, even if you have electronic access to them.


o    Payment slips of the last three months AND a letter of your employer stating that you’ve been working for that particular company or at least one year. The monthly income must be over 100 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $14,170.00 MXN, equivalent to approximately 38,000.00 PHP). You must also show bank statements showing the transfer of the salary into your account. If the bank statements were issued electronically, they must be printed by you and stamped by the issuing bank.


o    If you are currently studying in the Philippines, proof of enrollment at a university/school AND a document showing that you have a steady job, a pension or a scholarship, including your monthly income of the last three months (salary, allowances, pension or scholarship). The monthly income for students must be over 60 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $8,502.00 MXN, equivalent to approximately 23,000.00 PHP), for every month.


o    Ownership of real state property in the Philippines for a minimum of two years AND a letter of your employer stating that you’ve been working for that particular company for a minimum of two years.


o    Ownership of real state property in the Philippines for a minimum of two years AND an official document stating the ownership or your participation in a business/company for at least two years.


o    If you are invited by an organization, public or private institution in Mexico, you will need to show the following:
-    An invitation letter for an event or a non-remunerated activity. The letter must state your name and nationality, name of the organization or institution, official registry number of the organization, objective of the organization, details of the activity or project intended in Mexico, as well as the estimated duration or dates of the planned activities. It also has to specify the commitment of the organization to cover for your expenses whilst in Mexico. A copy of official ID with signature and photograph of the person signing the letter will be required.
-    In order to show that the organization that invited you has the financial solvency to cover your expenses, it is necessary to present a proof of investments or bank statements of the organization with a monthly average of 1,000 of minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $141,700.00) MXN, equivalent to $378,000.00 PHP) during the last 12 months. Public and private institutions that are part of National Education System (i.e. schools and universities), won’t need to provide proof of financial solvency.
-    Proof of professional skills, experience, abilities or necessary knowledge to perform the activities that you have been invited for.


o    If you have been accepted to study a short course in Mexico (under 180 days):
-    Acceptance letter from any institution from the National Education System, to attend a course, study, research project, academic or professional program, for a term of 180 days or shorter. The letter must have the Institution’s letterhead and specify the following details of the applicant: full name and nationality, level and study program, name of the course you’ve been accepted to, estimated duration or dates of the academic activities as well as the cost of the course and the official registration number of the academic institution.
-    Proof of financial solvency to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses. You will need to show proof of investments or bank statements with a monthly average income of 150 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $21,255 MXN equivalent to 57,000.00 PHP approximately) during the last 3 months. Or documents showing that you have a steady job, a pension or a scholarship (for example, payslips), that shows a monthly income of at least 100 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (totalling $14,170.00 MXN, equivalent to approximately 38,000.00 PHP) in each and every one of the last three months. If the applicant is under 25 years old, the financial solvency, can be accredited the parents, or legal tutor, by presenting also the birth certificate of the applicant. You can also present the academic institution’s letter that states that you have been granted with a scholarship or a letter from your financial institution that confirms you have the requested founds.


o    If you are travelling for a humanitarian cause, scientific research or recollection of samples in national territory, or to participate in an event sponsored by the Mexican Federal Government, please send an email to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. to know the specific requirements for your visa.


IMPORTANT: Documents that are neither in Spanish nor in 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 your appointment via MEXITEL: LINK-MEXITEL. You can select the language of MEXITEL on the upper right corner of the website.
2.    On the day of the appointment, you will be required to appear before the Mexican Embassy with your passport, visa application form and supporting documents 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.


NOTE: The original passport, application, photograph and all supporting documents will have to be brought to the embassy on the day of the appointment.


3.    On the day of the appointment the documents will be reviewed, the biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) will be taken and there will be a consular interview. If the documents are complete and the consular interview is successful, the visa will be issued within 24 hours of the appointment. If further verification is required, the process can take up to 10 working days.

 


Consular Fees

•   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.
•    On the day of the appointment the documents will be reviewed, the biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) will be taken and there will be a consular interview. If the documents are complete and the consular interview is successful, the visa will be issued within 24 hours of the appointment. If further verification is required, the process can take up to 10 working days.

 


Important 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 bring it with you on the day of your appointment.
•    Submitting 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 tourist visa application at least ONE month ahead of your planned travel date.
•    If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please do so via the MEXITEL booking system, so that it becomes available for another person.
•    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 or other costs incurred before your visa has been approved.
•    If you are visiting Mexico sponsored by a Mexican public or private institution, please contact the Consular Section (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) to learn the requirements for your visa.

 

 


Frequently asked questions (FAQ)


Do I need an appointment to apply for visas?
Yes. It is essential that you make an appointment for all visa applications.


Can I provide proof of economic solvency for someone else’s visa application?
You can only provide proof of economic solvency for yourself, your spouse and/or your children under 18 years old. If you are currently holding or applying for a Mexican visitor visa, your spouse/children will need to include as part of their visa applications either the marriage certificate (for spouses) or birth certificate (for children), along with the rest of the supporting documents, including the bank statements or payslips under your name for the last three months (read the Requirements section)


My family and I would like to visit Mexico. Do all members of the family need to come to the embassy?
Yes. All applicants must submit their original documentation in person. If the applicant is under 18 years of age, he or she must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and present their birth certificate.


Documents that are neither in Spanish nor in English need to be accompanied by a certified translation into Spanish. Furthermore, any official documents that are not issued by the filipino authorities need to be legalized/apostilled.


Can I work in Mexico on a visitor visa?
No. You cannot work in Mexico on a visitor visa.


Are there any additional requirements to enter Mexico as a tourist?
No fixed amount of money or return ticket is needed to enter Mexico. However, be aware that upon your entrance, immigration officers might ask to provide evidence that you have a) enough money to support yourself during your stay, and that there is b) sufficient reason to believe that you will leave the country, if entering as a tourist.


Ultimately, it is the decision of the immigration officer to allow or refuse entrance to Mexico, even if you carry a valid visa.


I need to cancel or change my appointment. How can I do it?
Just log in to the MEXITEL booking system, select “Scheduled appointments” and then select to either cancel (red button) or reschedule (blue button) the appointment. You can find a guide on how to use MEXITEL on the Embassy’s website.


What is the FMM and do I need it prior to my travel to Mexico?
The Multiple Migratory Form (FMM) is a document completed by every foreigner entering Mexico that serves as a proof of their legal stay in the country.


If you are travelling by air, it will be given to you by the airline when entering the country. It can also be obtained at the counters of the airport, before passing through Migration. If you are entering by land, it will be given to you at the point of entry.


You will need to keep the FMM with you during your stay in Mexico and give it back when leaving the country, either to the airline (when leaving by air) or to the Migration authorities (when leaving by land).


If you are entering by land, when you fill your FMM you will be required to pay $500 pesos for the migratory fee. If you are entering by air, the cost is already included in your flight ticket.


Although you will receive a FMM upon entry into Mexico, you can also fill out and print the electronic FMM up to 30 days prior to your travel into Mexico: Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM) .


What should I do if I lose my FMM?
You should contact the nearest office of the National Migration Institute (INAMI) to request a replacement form. More information here (in Spanish): Expedición de documento migratorio por reposición .


Can I extend or renew my visitor visa?
No, visitor visas cannot be extended or renewed without leaving the country at the end of the 180-day period.


Can I convert my visitor visa to a work visa while in Mexico?
No. You must first find a Mexican employer that is willing to sponsor your temporary residence visa (with work permit) application at the National Institute of Migration (INM). The employer must request the visa from INM on your behalf. You can remain in the country during processing but once it is accepted by the INAMI, you will have to leave the country, obtain your visa at any Mexican embassy or consulate, and return to the country with the temporary resident work visa on your passport.


If I want to conduct business in Mexico, do I need a business visa?
If you are a business person within the APEC region (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and have an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC), you do not need a visa to enter Mexico as a visitor/business for up to three months.


My passport is about to expire. Can I apply for a visa?
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after date of entry in Mexico. This applies for all visas, including visitor visas, temporary/permanent resident visas and student visas.


How can I apply for a transit visa?
There are no transit visas for Mexico. If you have a flight with a layover in Mexico, you will need to either a) have a valid Mexican visa b) hold a passport issued by a country listed here or c) comply with one of the exceptions to enter Mexico without a visitor visa.

 

 


For more information, please contact:
Consular Section
Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines
G.C. Corporate Plaza
150 legazpi Street
Makati
+63 8812-2211
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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.    Visa application form, which can be requested at: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.
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
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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.    Visa application form, which can be requested by e-mail at: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.
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
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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.    Visa application form, which can be requested at: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.
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
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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.    Visa application, which can be requested by e-mail at: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.
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 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
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