Welcome to the Visas Department of the Consulate General of México in San Francisco

(Requirements at the bottom tab)

General Information:

  • Effective March 1st 2010, all visitors traveling to Mexico either by air, land or sea are required to present a valid (non-expired) Passport or Travel Document from their country to enter Mexico.
  • With the purpose of facilitating and promoting travel to Mexico, effective May 2016 all those foreign nationals, regardless of their nationality, visiting Mexico for tourism, business or transit are NOT required to obtain a Mexican visa IF they hold a valid (non-expired) Visa or Permanent Residence of any of this countries: United States of America, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom or Schengen area (European Union).
  • Traveling by cruise. Foreigners of any country traveling to Mexico by cruise on leisure trips visiting Mexican maritime ports, are NOT required to obtain a visa or consular stamp. The passenger must carry its valid passport.

US Residents: If your United States visa stamped on your passport already expired but you have an official document proving your legal status in USA, you must apply for a Mexican visa (I-797 A Forms, Advance Parole Forms, I-20 OR DS-2019 Forms won’t be accepted to entering Mexico), unless you have a valid Visa for any of the countries listed above (Canada, Japan, United Kingdom or Schengen area).

  • No appointment is required to apply for Visa. Applicants should apply in person Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
  • Further questions email: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. Diplomatic and Official visas.
  • Contact the Visas Department at the Mexican Consulate.

Aplication form: English and Español

Non-lucrative

Visa for visitors without authorization for lucrative activities

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are traveling to Mexico for vacations, transit, business, technical activities, artistic activities, scientific activities, sport activities, correspondent or journalist, ministers of religion.

  • You will be in Mexico for up to 180 days.

  • You don´t have a work authorization.

Requirements:

  • Apply at this Consulate General in person

  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español (click here)

  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions

  • Valid US visa for multiple entries and one photocopy

  • Valid I-94 and/or I-20 or J-1 or I-797A Form in original and one photocopy

  • One photo passport size (size 1.5 x 1.3/4 inches), in color, no glasses

  • Proof of address in USA (leasing, bills with magnetic band issued by US Postal Service, etc)

  • Original financial records (last six months of your bank statements in US Dollars, last six months of pay stubs, employment letter specifying your position and salary and the last six months of international credit card statements. You can also submit original and official documents proving the ownership of a property/company/business and one photocopy of them

  • If a company/organization in Mexico is sponsoring or inviting the foreign national, the applicant can submit an original invitation letter* from them (the invitation must have a letterhead, address and signed in ink. Scanned or pdf versions won´t be accepted)

  • Payment or Consular fee (see fee tab) (only cash or money order)

If you can probe that you are an international traveler, Mexican citizen´s spouse or international freight cargo driver ask for the Long-Term Visitor Visa (Visa de Larga Duración, in Spanish).

NOTE:
To apply, minors (under 18 years old) must be accompanied by parents (or legal guardian) and to submit original and official documentation proving filiation (relationship between parents and child) or legal status as a legal guardian.

*Invitation Letter

  • Original Invitation Letter from the company/organization based in Mexico must be addressed to the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco requesting the visa and specifying:

    • Exact purpose or activity and length of time for the trip to Mexico

    • How your expenses will be covered

    • Applicant´s full name

    • Registration number of the company/organization, plus address, complete name and contact information of the company/organization

    • Copy of ID of the person who signed the invitation letter

Lucrative

Visa for visitors with authorization for lucrative activities

  • If the purpose of entering into Mexico is working there and you will receive a salary or payment (lucrative activities), you will have to apply for a prior authorization to the National Immigration Institute in Mexico. In that case, you will receive an authorization number (NUT number).

    As soon as the NUT authorization has been issued you must be in contact with this Consulate in order to schedule one appointment and to process a visa. Once you make the appointment you only will have 10 days for the interview and the issuance of your visa.

  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español (click here)

Adoption

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are traveling to Mexico in order to complete the legal process to adopt a child

  • You have received a report to be matched with a child (informe de adoptabilidad o pre-asignación) Issued by the “State System for the Full Development of the Family” (SIstema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, -DIF-)

Requirements:

  • Apply at this Consulate General in person

  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español (click here)

  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions

  • One photo passport size(size 1.5 x 1.3/4 inches), in color, no glasses

  • Report to be matched with a child (informe de adoptabilidad o pre-asignación) Issued by the “State System for the Full Development of the Family” (Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, -DIF-). Original and 1 copy

  • Letter of acceptance and that you will continue processing a child´s adoption (issued by the Central Authority in Mexico). Original and 1 copy

  • Payment or Consular fee (see fee tab) (only cash or money order)

Temporary

 

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are traveling to Mexico for retirement, investments, professional activities, technical activities, artistic activities, scientific activities, and sport activities or as a minister of religion

  • You will be in Mexico more than 180 days

  • You don´t have a work authorization

Requirements:

  • Apply at this Consulate General in person

  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español(click here)

  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions

  • Valid US visa for multiple entries and one photocopy

  • Valid I-94 and/or I-20 or J-1 or I-797A Form in original and one photocopy

  • One photo passport size, no glasses

  • Original financial records (last twelve months of your bank statements in US Dollars, last twelve months of pay stubs, employment letter specifying your position and salary and the last twelve months of international credit card statements. You can also submit official documents proving the ownership of a property/company/business) and one photocopy of them or a yearly social security statement

  • If a company/organization/association in Mexico is sponsoring or inviting the foreign national, the applicant can submit an original invitation letter* from them (the invitation must have a letterhead, address and signed in ink. Scanned or pdf versions won’t be accepted). Ministers of religion should submit original letter of “anuencia” (consent) of the Ministry of the Interior (Secretaría de Gobernación) from Mexico

  • Payment or Consular fee (see fee tab) (only cash or money order)

Invitation Letter

  • Original Invitation Letter from the company/organization/association based in Mexico must be addressed to the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco requesting the visa and specifying:

    • Exact purpose or activity and length of time for the trip to Mexico

    • How your expenses will be covered

    • Applicant´s full name

    • Registration number of the company/organization, plus address, complete name and contact information of the company/organization

    • Copy of ID of the person who signed the invitation letter

Students

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are traveling to study in Mexico

  • You don´t have a work authorization

Requirements:

  • Apply at this Consulate General in person

  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español (click here)

  • One photo passport size (size 1.5 x 1.3/4 inches), in color, no glasses

  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions

  • Valid US visa for multiple entries; at least with 3 months of validity at the time of your filing and one photocopy

  • Valid I-94 in original and one photocopy

  • Original Acceptance letter from the School/Institution/University must include:

    Applicant’s full name

    Family name and given name as shown at the national passport

    Level of Study/Degree

    Specifying degree or type of diploma

    Field/program of study

    General academic or subject areas

    Name of Program/Studies/Course

    Specific name of the course/program or studies Exchange program, Internship, etc

    Length of program

    Date a program begins and date of completion

    Tuition fee

    Total fees required, including tuition and homestay if applicable

    Full Name of the Institution and additional information

    The letter must include name of the institution, institution´s mailing address, telephone, fax number, e-mail, Web site, and name of contact

    Others

    The letter must be issued with letterhead; address and signature in ink of institution Representative

  • Economic Solvency

    • Last twelve months of Bank Statements, last twelve months of international credit cards statements probing to have a permanent income for at least $ 727.00 US dollars or a letter proving to have a scholarship or other financial assistance.

    Sponsor by parents or legal guardian (for students under 25 years old):

    • Original Letter from parents stating that they will be sending their son or daughter the amount of, at least $727.00.00 US dollars per month, besides tuition (Affidavit of support)

    • ID copy of parents (valid passports) and Applicant’s birth certificate (original and copy)

    • Other proof of economic solvency, including last three months of Bank Statements, last three months of international credit cards statements, and Employment Letter stating position and salary per month, proving to have a permanent monthly income for at least 727.00 US dollars

  • Payment or Consular fee (see fee tab) (only cash or money order)

Permanent residence

This type of visa is for you if:

  • You are moving to Mexico to be there indefinitely

  • You don´t have a work authorization

Requirements:

  • Apply at this Consulate General in person

  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español (click here)

  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions

  • Valid US visa for multiple entries and one photocopy

  • Valid I-94 and/or I-20 or J-1 or I-797A Form in original and one photocopy

  • One photo passport size (size 1.5 x 1.3/4 inches), in color, no glasses

  • Original financial records (last twelve months of your bank statements in US Dollars, last twelve months of pay stubs, employment letter specifying your position and salary and the last twelve months of international credit card statements. Yearly social security statement and one copy. You can also submit official documents proving the ownership of a property/company/business) and one photocopy of them

  • Payment or Consular fee (see fee tab) (only cash or money order)

Diplomatic

Requirements:

  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español (click here)

  • Valid passport in original and one photocopy of the pages containing personal information, photograph of bearer and expiration date/extensions

  • Valid US visa for multiple entries

  • Valid and original I-94 Form and one photocopy

  • One photo passport size (size 1.5 x 1.3/4 inches), in color, no glasses

  • Original verbal or diplomatic note requesting a visa

    • Specify purpose, place and duration of the trip (Conference, meeting, or event) to attend in Mexico

Import permit

Temporary Import Permit for Equipment

In order to obtain a Temporary Import Permit for Equipment it is necessary to submit 2 original letters with same content from the company or employer of the individual responsible for the equipment, requesting the permit and complying with the following:

  • Declare purpose of the trip.

  • State the location where the equipment will be used.

  • List the names of the individuals responsible for the equipment.

  • Include the company representative's signature (Person requesting the permit. Please note it may not be the same as that responsible for the equipment, nor the person transporting the equipment).

In addition, the following must accompany the letter:

  • A detailed list of the equipment (brand, model and/or serial number) and should all be printed in company letterhead, with one photocopy.

  • Two passport photocopies for the individual responsible for the equipment, as well as his/her Mexican Tourist Visa (if needed because of his/her nationality) and copies of the American visa or US Permanent Resident Card (if foreign national).

Check out the Sample Letter:

Household inventory service

Household Inventory permit

Requirements:

  • Fill out the Application form, English or Español

  • Valid passport with photocopies of all pages containing data.

  • Visitor with authorization for lucrative activities card, Temporal Residence card or Permanent Residence Card (original and 1 copy).

  • One photo passport size, no glasses.

  • Present the household goods inventory. It must be in Spanish and type written, with one original plus four photocopies.

  • First page must bear the name of the person who holds the authorization (Retiree Visa); the address in the U.S.A. and the length of time lived in that address, and the new address in Mexico.

  • The last page of the original list and each of the copies must be signed in original by the authorized person (Mexican card holder).

  • Payment or Consular fee (see fee tab) (only cash or money order)

Please bear in mind the following:

  • All electronic/electric appliances are to be fully described, including brand, model, and serial number.

  • Large furniture must be carefully described.

  • Smaller articles should be listed generally in its boxes, example:

    • 2 large boxes of shoes

    • 6 large boxes of clothes

    • 2 medium size boxes of linen

* Please leave a space at bottom of each page for official stamping

 

Check out the Model of the household goods inventory

Fees

Servicie provided

Fee
(USD)

Visas

Non-Lucrative

$36.00

Lucrative

$36.00

Conditions

Lucrative

$210.00

Consular documents

Visa for Funriture and personal goods

$127.00

FAQ

If I’m traveling to Mexico with children, what do I need to bring with me?
Translated and apostilled Letters of parental consent are required by the Mexican migratory authorities if minor is traveling alone or with a third person (no parents). Minors should travel with a valid passport.

The parental letter of consent must include picture, name, place and date of birth of the minor, as well as information about the parents (names, passport numbers and contact information and one copy of their ID). This letter must be presented for departure of a minor.

Do I need to apply for a Mexican visa if I’m traveling by cruise?
A foreigner of any country traveling to Mexico on leisure trips visiting Mexican maritime ports by cruise, are not required to obtain a visa or consular stamp. The passenger must carry its valid passport.

If I’m traveling in transit through Mexico, do I need to get a Mexican visa before my trip??
Yes, you do. Apply for a Mexican visa at the Mexican Consulates or Embassy. When traveling through Mexico by plane, in order to make a connection to travel to a third country.

You won’t need to obtain a visa before if the Airport counts with a specific area (zona estéril in Spanish) for this purpose (in that case you will be required to stay in the designated area of the airport, while waiting for your second flight). If the Airport doesn´t have this area you won´t be able to wait for your next trip without Mexican Visa.

What kind of products can bring with me traveling to Mexico?
For information about the allowed products that you can import to Mexico on your next trip, consult the following Web site of the Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA): http://www.senasica.gob.mx/?id=622(English version)

¿Qué tipo de productos pueden ser importados a México?
Para conocer con mayor precisión sobre los productos permitidos que usted puede importar a México en su próximo viaje, consulte la página de Internet del Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria (SENASICA): http://www.senasica.gob.mx/?id=622 (Spanish versión)

If I’m traveling with pets (cats and dogs), what do I need to bring with me?
You must present to the authority the Zoosanitary Certificate for Export (Health Certificate) in original and copy, issued by the corresponding Federal Authority in the country or issued by a Veterinarian, in both cases from the country of origin of the pet.

Certificates issued by the Veterinarian should count with printed headed note paper; valid license number code that accredits the veterinarian for the exercise of this profession (or equivalent,) which should be presented printed or photocopied, valid within a 10 days period from issued where the next should be notified:

  • Name and address of the exporter and importer, as well as the pet identification data and pet final destination;

  • Rabies vaccine, indicating vaccination date and time of its effectiveness. Animals under three months of age are exempt from this requirement.

  • It must indicate that the animals have been preventively treated against internal and external parasites within six months prior to their movement, therefore, stating that they are free from external parasites.

  • It must state that prior to exportation, the pet was found clinically healthy at examination.

If during the procedure of document review and verification, the Medical/Health Certificate does not indicate any of the above mentioned requirements, you may present the vaccination card or immunization record (original and copy,) which should include those requirements that need to be fulfilled; or you may contact a reliable private Veterinarian of your choice for the administering of the corresponding treatments, with charge to the importer.

For more details click: http://www.senasica.gob.mx/?Idioma=1&id=623 (Spanish version)