Visa Reciprocity Revisions for Certain Work Visas

Mexico City, April 26, 2021 – The Governments of Mexico and the United States continue to work together to facilitate regular, safe, and productive travel that strengthens ties between our two countries.  In that spirit, we are pleased to announce a change in the visa reciprocity standards for certain work visas for Mexican citizens and work permits for U.S. citizens.

U.S. citizens are now eligible to obtain work permits valid for up to four years, eliminating the need to renew work permits annually.  The Employer initiates the work permit request with the National Migration Institute, and once authorized, U.S. citizens must apply for a work visa (visa de visitante con actividades lucrativas) at a Mexican Embassy or the nearest Consulate.  Within 30 days of arrival to 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.

Mexican citizens are now also eligible to apply for E-1, E-2, and L-1 and L-2 visas valid for up to 48 months; and H-1B and H-4 visas valid for up to 36 months.  Mexican applicants can request E-1, E-2, H-1B, H-4, and L non-immigrant visas at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate near them with a validity that reflects the reciprocity fee payment.