Peculiarities of moving on a work visa to Mexico

Mexico’s economy has been growing steadily over the past few years. Foreign investment has been growing, and the government is competently implementing reforms to improve competitiveness and create jobs. Also, the country’s economy is closely integrated with the U.S. and Canada in the form of a free trade agreement. Often, American entrepreneurs open businesses in Mexico and create new jobs for both locals and foreign job seekers. Obtaining a temporary residence permit in Mexico is easier and less costly precisely because of the work, however, living and working in this country involves many challenges.

Features of employment in Mexico

In Mexico, the labor force is now 50 million people and creates a large potentially workable competition in the local labor market. In addition, a large number of migrant workers from other Latin American countries of unskilled professions create competition in the service sector and take a large part in the shadow economy sector.

The income level of Mexicans is rather low, and there is a high rate of corruption and crime in the country. The economy is more dependent on the oil sector and external demand, integration trade. Unemployment in Mexico is 3-5%, and the legal and judicial sphere requires reforms.

To obtain a prestigious job for a foreign applicant, sufficient work experience, education and qualifications are required. Often foreign degrees and certificates require recognition. In general, vacancies in technical professions, some branches of Mexican industry, and the service sector are available for qualified workers. Tourism, electronics, IT sector, logistics are booming and local labor is unable to meet the demand for scarce positions due to the low level of education in the country.

It is recommended to start searching for a job in Mexico from the official website of the National Employment Service –, where in addition to jobs you can find a lot of useful information and recommendations for job seekers, including foreigners.

Language knowledge

The official language spoken by about ninety percent of the locals is Spanish. At a minimum, an advanced level of English is required for successful employment. However, in some fields, such as tourism, services or logistics, it is advisable to know Spanish for better communication and personal comfort.

Types of work visas to Mexico

FM2 Immigrant Visa. Suitable for foreigners planning long-term employment in Mexico with further registration of a permanent residence permit. Initially issued for one year with the right to extend for a maximum period of up to 4 years.

FM3 nonimmigrant visa. More common work visa among foreigners who do not associate their future with the country in the long term. Allows you to live and work in Mexico for a year with the possibility of extension up to 4 years.

In order to obtain a work visa in Mexico, you need to find a Mexican employer who will invite you to work. He, in turn, applies to the Mexican Migration Service to obtain a permit to hire a foreigner. Having received the permit, the employer sends it to the future employee, and he applies to the Mexican consulate, is interviewed and receives a work visa. Within 180 days, the worker must enter the country.

After moving to Mexico, you must apply to the migration service within 30 days to obtain a residence card for a maximum of 4 years and start working. Afterwards, it is necessary to obtain a permanent residence permit or leave the country.

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