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Status of U.S. Consular Operations in Mexico in Light of COVID-19
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December 31, 2020

Updated:  November 3, 2021 
(Original date: May 28, 2020) 

U.S. citizens in need of 24/7 emergency assistance should call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1 (844) 528-6611 from the United States. 

Appointment availability is very limited due to physical distancing requirements in our offices and public waiting rooms.  Each applicant requires their own appointment.  The number of daily appointments at each location will fluctuate based on current health conditions and local government restrictions.  All visitors to the embassy and consulates age two and older must wear a mask. 

American Citizens Services/Passport Services:  

Please see our COVID-19 Information page for more information on COVID conditions, resources, and restrictions. 

Updated:  November 3, 2021

Location

Citizen Services
U.S. Passports Consular Reports
of Birth
Notary Services Loss of Nationality
CIUDAD JUAREZ 🟢 🟢 🟡 🔴
GUADALAJARA

  • Puerto Vallarta Consular Agency
🟢 🟢 🟡 🔴
HERMOSILLO

  • Mazatlán Consular Agency 
🟢 🟢 🟢 🟡
MATAMOROS 🟢 🟢 🟢 🔴
MERIDA

  • Cancun Consular Agency (no CRBA services)
  • Playa del Carmen Consular Agency (no CRBA services)
🟢 🟢 🟢 🔴
MEXICO CITY

  • Acapulco Consular Agency
  • Oaxaca Consular Agency
  • San Miguel de Allende
  • Consular Agency (no CRBA services)
🟢 🟢 🔴 🟡
MONTERREY 🟢 🟢 🟢 🔴
NOGALES 🟡 🟢 🟢 🔴
NUEVO LAREDO

  • Piedras Negras Consular Agency
🟢 🟢 🟢 🔴
TIJUANA

  • Cabo San Lucas Consular Agency (emergency services only)
🟢 🟢 🟢 🟢

 

Current Service Status
🟢  Full Routine and Emergency Services
🟡  Limited Routine and Emergency Services
🔴  Emergency Services Only

Routine appointments for passport and citizenship applications that require a personal interview (applicants under age 16, first-time adult passports, replacement for a lost or stolen passport, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad) and for notarial services are available on our website. Due to the limited number of appointments available, there may be no openings visible on the website. If no appointments are available when you first check the online calendar, please keep checking the calendar for newly released appointments and daily cancelations. We encourage applicants willing to travel to seek appointments wherever they are available.  At locations with emergency services only, appointments must be requested via email.  All appointments and openings are subject to change and cancellation based on local health conditions.

If you cannot find an open appointment and have urgent travel plans (within the next month) or another emergency need for a passport, please contact the location nearest you by email to request an emergency appointment.

Federal Benefits

For individuals residing in Mexico, please contact FBU.Mexico.City@ssa.govFBU.Guadalajara@ssa.gov, or FBU.Ciudad.Juarez@ssa.gov for any questions regarding Social Security numbers, Social Security benefits, or other federal benefits and we will make appropriate arrangements. Most services can be accomplished without in-person interviews.

Non-Immigrant Visas 

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico have resumed limited processing of nonimmigrant visas.  Applicants should expect a longer-than-normal wait time for this service and plan accordingly.  Applicants applying in the same visa class and whose previous visa expired within the last 48 months may be eligible for interview waiver.  Applicants may schedule a renewal appointment here.   

The U.S. Department of State has extended the validity of visa payments (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the paid fee.   

Current Visa Services

Updated:
June 23, 2021
Interview Waiver
and Renewals 
B1/B2
First Time 
Student Visas
(F, M, J) 
Work Visas
(H1B, L, TN) 
E1 and E2 H2 
Ciudad Juarez Yes No Yes Yes E2 only No
Guadalajara Yes No Yes Yes NoNo
Hermosillo Yes No Yes Yes NoYes 
Matamoros Yes No YesYes NoYes 
Merida Yes No Yes Yes NoNo
Mexico City Yes No Yes Yes E2 only No
Monterrey Yes No Yes Yes E1 only Yes
Nogales Yes No YesYesNoYes
Nuevo Laredo Yes No Yes Yes NoYes
Tijuana Yes No Yes Yes E1 only Yes

* Please note that all services listed above are very limited in availability, and applicants may experience significant delays for visa appointments.  

Expedited/Emergency Appointments: If applicants have an urgent need for travel, they may request an emergency appointment by following the guidance found here. 

Third Country Nationals:  Routine appointments for applicants not ordinarily resident in Mexico are not available at this time.  Any applicant currently residing in the United States who seeks to extend their legal stay should contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services here.  Additional information can be found here. 

Applicants entering the Embassy or Consulates must wear a face mask at all times and follow social distancing protocols.  Any applicant with symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, or fever must reschedule their interview by following the instructions here or by contacting us here.   

For questions about specific visa cases in progress, please contact us here. 

Immigrant Visas 

The U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez has resumed routine immigrant visa operations, scheduling thousands of socially distanced interviews each week in ALL immigrant visa categories. For more information or instructions on requesting an emergency appointment, please follow the guidance here.   

K-1 Fiancé(e) Visas:  K-1 applicants with cases at NVC are being scheduled for appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City in the order the cases were documentarily completed.  Those applicants should contact NVC with any questions.