Mexico – Covid-19 – Immigration update

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Update: April 9th, 2020

Resident immigration requirements temporarily suspended

What is the change?

The Immigration Office in Mexico (INM) has suspended immigration requirements for residents until April 30 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key points

  • Deadlines, steps and requirements for residence permit holders are suspended until April 30.
  • Renewals for residence permits expiring between April 1 and April 30 may be filed until May 4.
  • For residents, the deadline of 10 business days to fulfill all additional INM requirements requested from April 1 till April 30 will begin counting on May 4, allowing till May 15 to complete requirements.
  • The 10-business-day deadline for companies and non-resident foreign nationals entering Mexico on a visa is extended till April 13.

The INM has closed its offices from April 6-10, and any appointments scheduled during this closure must be rescheduled from April 13. The suspension of deadlines and requirements only applies to temporary and permanent residents.

Employers must continue to complete immigration-related requirements with the 10-business-day limit, and foreign nationals entering Mexico on a visa must complete post-arrival registration within 30 days.

Update: March 26th, 2020

Additional immigration services reductions

What is the change?

The Mexican government recently announced additional changes to immigration services to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Key points

  • For fingerprinting, the number of opportunities to have this procedure completed is capped at 100 each day. Additionally, groups entering immigration spaces for fingerprint registration are now limited to 20 at a time. Fingerprint registration opportunities are available from about 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. with lines forming at 7:00 a.m.
  • For application filings, the number of opportunities has also been reduced to 100 each day. Groups entering for application filings are now limited to 20 individuals as well. Application filing opportunities follow the same schedule: from about 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. with lines forming at 7:00 a.m.
  • Most of the opportunities have been taken by 9:00 am, so arriving before that time is recommended in order to submit fingerprint registrations and application filings.
  • The new restrictions are in effect until April 17, 2020.
  • Staff reductions and the new restrictions will result in processing delays and prolonged waiting periods, for the time being.

The new immigration services restrictions will impact the movement of people into Mexico. Employers should account for affected travelers and rearrange travel schedules accordingly. Significant delays may occur for consular and in-country processing.

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