The governments of Mexico and the United States continue to work together to facilitate regular, safe, and productive travel that strengthens ties between our countries. U.S. citizens are now eligible to obtain Mexican work permits valid for up to four years, eliminating the need to renew work permits annually.
The process of obtaining a Mexican work permit normally begins with applying for a work visa. Prospective employers in Mexico submit an application for a temporary residency visa with permission to work to the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM). Once INM approves the application, U.S. citizens must request a consular interview at the Mexican Embassy or the nearest Mexican Consulate in the United States. If the interview is favorable, the visa will be issued. Within 30 days of arrival in Mexico, the U.S. citizen should exchange the work visa for a work permit. The duration of the work permit will be based on the employer’s request and the length of the employee’s contract. More information on obtaining work permits and work visas in Mexico is available here in English only.
U.S. citizens currently residing in Mexico whose work contracts are extended by their employers can renew their temporary residence card in Mexico. However, it must be done within 30 days prior to the expiration of your temporary residence card and you will need to present proof of employment continuity. Please check the INM website for additional information.
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For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call (558) 526 2561 from Mexico or 011-844-528-6611 from the United States.
State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
Follow the U.S. Embassy in Mexico on Facebook and Twitter.
Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Mexico.
Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
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