With major changes in Mexican law that began in 2012 and 2013, people coming from outside Mexico to work here are finding it necessary to do more advance planning than in the past.
For some foreign workers in highly skilled jobs, especially in the technology sector, satisfying the complex new requirements of the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) is relatively easy because their specialized jobs are very much in demand. The bureaucratic process is handled by lawyers their companies hire expressly to deal with INM.
“They began the process while I was still in India,” said Benjamin Manoharan, a software consultant for a large Indian company. He consults for a New York bank, but is based in Mexico for time zone and economic reasons.
“Initially I got a one- or two-month visa to travel to Mexico from the Mexican embassy in India,” he recalled, noting that the procedures may vary, depending on a worker’s nationality or education and that company lawyers handle the process so well that he is not sure of the exact requirements.