Nonimmigrant Visas

The Consular Sections of the U.S. Mission in Mexico are responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States.

Most applicants applying for a non-immigrant visa are temporary visitors coming to the United States for business or pleasure. “B-1” visas are issued to temporary visitors for business and short-term training; “B-2” visas are issued to temporary visitors for pleasure. Most Mexican nationals are issued a combined B-1/B-2 visa either in the form of a Border Crossing Card (BCC/mica) or a foil affixed to their Mexican passport (BBBCV/Laser Visa).

IMPORTANT NOTE: All Mission Mexico non-immigrant visa applicants (except those applying for H-2, E1, E2 or immigrant visas) can apply at the U.S. Embassy, Mexico City or one of Mission Mexico’s nine consulates.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa.

If you have had a visa in the past, you are considered a renewing applicant.  Many renewing applicants qualify to have their interview waived.  Qualified applicants only need to appear at the Applicant Service Center (Centro de Atencion a Solicitantes).  Among them are:

  • Applicants 6 years of age or under – Both parents are Mexican or third-country nationals residing in Mexico with immigration status (FM2 or FM3), and at least one parent holds a valid, full-validity visa.
  • Applicants 80 years of age or older – Mexican applicant or third-country national residing in Mexico with immigration status (FM2 or FM3) who is 80 years of age or older.  The applicant has never been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or had any other problems or difficulties with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when attempting to enter the United States.
  • Renewing applicants – Applicants who are Mexican or third-country nationals (residing in Mexico with FM2 or FM3 status) whose BCC, BBBCV, B1/B2, C1/D, F, H, I, J, L1, M, O, P, R and TN visas have expired within the last 12 months. The applicant MUST have the previous visa, and have never been arrested or convicted of a crime, deported from the United States, denied entry to the United States, or had any other problems or difficulties with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol when attempting to enter the United States.

The Visa Section reserves the right to interview any applicant.

If you were refused when renewing previously, if your visa was cancelled, or if your last visa was lost or stolen, you will need to appear for an interview.

The following situations may qualify you for an Emergency Appointment:

  • Medical emergency,
  • Death of an immediate family member,
  • Business emergency,
  • U Non-immigrant Visa applicants, or
  • Student visas F, M & J.

You may request an expedited appointment when you schedule your appointment at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-mx/niv. Once you are logged into your account, choose “expedited appointment” and follow the steps.

Carry with you to the Interview

  • Your valid passport and previously issued passports.
  • The DS-160 confirmation page with barcode.
  • The Banamex or Santander visa application fee receipts.
  • H, L, and other petition-based visa applicants may bring copies of the I-797, I-129 and other petition-related documents.
  • F & M students must bring the SEVIS receipt and I-120.
  • J exchange visitors must bring the SEVIS receipt and DS-2019.
  • Minors should bring one recent (within the past six months) passport size photograph 50mm X 50mm (2″ x 2″) with a white background.
  • Third country nationals with Mexican residency should bring their IFE with them.

NOTE:  The above documents may or may not be reviewed at the time of your interview

Arrival

We advise applicants to arrive no more than 15 minutes before your scheduled interview.  Contrary to myth, it is not necessary to book space at a local hotel or shop to wait for your appointed time.

Security

Due to security concerns and space limitations, U.S. consular sections do not permit interested parties such as friends, relatives, attorneys or business contacts to attend the visa interview with the applicant.

All U.S. Embassy and Consulates visitors and their personal belongings must pass through security screening before entering into the building.  For reasons of safety and security, visitors may not bring these prohibited items into the Embassy or Consulate:

  • Cellphones, computers, and other electronic devices,
  • Media devices such as CD’s, thumb drives, SD cards, headphones, speakers, etc.,
  • Cameras or video equipment,
  • Flashlights,
  • Lighters and matches,
  • Weapons or any item which can be used as a weapon,
  • Knives and other sharp objects,
  • Purses and bags larger than 18” x 18”, and
  • Liquids, gels, aerosols, oils, lotions, or powder (exceptions below).

The following items are permitted:

  • Medical devices (please declare prior to screening),
  • Small quantities of make-up,
  • Small quantities of baby formula, baby food, milk,
  • Small quantities of diapers,
  • Belts,
  • Watches,
  • Keys,
  • Non-liquid medications, and
  • Baby carriers and baby strollers that can be folded small enough to pass through an x-ray machine.

These lists are not all inclusive and security officials reserve the right to deny entry of items determined to be unsafe or a threat to security.

The TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the United States to engage in business activities at a professional level.

You may be eligible for TN nonimmigrant status, if:

  • You are a Mexican passport holder;
  • Your profession qualifies under the regulations (TN NAFTA Profession List);
  • The position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional;
  • You have a prearranged full-time or part-time job with a U.S. employer (but not self-employment – see documentation required below); and
  • You have the qualifications to practice in the profession in question.

Spouse and Children – Your spouse and unmarried, minor children (under the age of 21) may apply for TD visas to accompany you to the United States or join you later. You must be able to show your ability to financially support your family in the United States.

Please consider that along with the regular requirements to apply for a visa, TN/TD visa applicants must provide the following documentation:

  • Job letter to include detailed information about the company, position, and applicant;
  • Evidence of qualification for position stated in job letter:
    • College Degree (Cedula Profesional, or original university diploma or título);
    • High School Degree and proof of combined work experience as required for the specific job category;
    • State/Provincial License, other license, or membership in state/provincial bar as required for the specific job category; and/or
    • Possession of theoretical knowledge as required for the specific job category.
  • Birth certificate or marriage certificate (original or certified copy) if applying for a TD visa as a dependent of the primary TN beneficiary.

Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for more information or to begin your application for a TN/TD visa.

Do you want to work legally in the United States and earn money for you and your family?  The H-2 visa program makes it possible.  Applicants can work temporary jobs in agriculture, construction, forestry, and many other kinds of industries.  The H-2A visa is for temporary agricultural jobs, while the H-2B visa is for temporary non-agricultural jobs.

Please see our E Visa Treaty Trader (E1) visa and Treaty Investor (E2) visa sections for information. Additional information may be found at travel.state.gov.

*What is a Third-Country National (TCN)?

A Third-Country National is a citizen of a country other than Mexico who applies for a non-immigrant visa with their non-Mexican passport.

The following applicants may apply at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or the U.S. Consulates in Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Matamoros, Merida, Monterrey, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, or Tijuana:

  1. Mexican citizens applying with a Mexican passport may apply for their first visa or to renew a visa in any visa category.
  2. Third-Country Nationals* residing in Mexico with immigration status (FM2 or FM3) may apply for their first visa or to renew a visa in any visa category.
  3. Third-Country Nationals* residing in the United States may apply to renew a visa in any category except B1/B2 or H2.  NOTE – The applicant must apply to renew in the same visa category and cannot apply in a different category.
  4. Third-Country Nationals* who normally reside in a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country and who have lost or had their biometric passports stolen may apply in Mexico for a tourist (B1/B2) or transit (C) visa in order to return to their home country.
  5. Third-Country Nationals* who normally reside in a Non-Visa Waiver Program country and who have lost or had their visa stolen may apply in Mexico to renew their tourist (B1/B2) visa in order to return to their home country. Cuban nationals who reside in Cuba are also permitted to apply in Mexico.

Notice: Certain visa applicants may be subject to additional administrative processing. This administrative processing may last weeks, thus delaying visa delivery and the applicant’s return to the United States. Every effort will be made to expedite these procedures; however, it is not possible to guarantee completion of this process by a particular date.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Nonimmigrant Visas contact page for full information, or use our Contact Us form.