WVNTR – When thinking of popular vacation spots around the world, Mexico easily comes to mind. Mexico welcomed 39.3 million foreign travelers in 2017. Mexico saw a record revenue from international tourism in 2017, netting $21.3 billion from the sector and up 8.3 percent from 2016, Tourism Minister Enrique de la Madrid.
The country is known for its breathtaking beaches, mountains, deserts, jungles and ancient ruins. Mexico City is the capital of Mexico. It is a country in North America (sharing border with the United States) covering almost two million square kilometres, with an estimated population of over 120 million. Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world.
Steps to applying for visa to Mexico:
In order to apply for Mexican visa, firstly, you need to request an appointment through the free online appointment scheduling system of the Government of Mexico.
Once you have booked your appointment, the system will generate a confirmation letter, which you must take with you to the Embassy on the day of your appointment.
The Mexican embassy strongly recommend that you request an appointment with plenty of time in advance in order to avoid any inconveniences.
Once your appointment has been confirmed, you will need to fulfill the following requirements. All documents are subject to verification and have to be presented in both in original and copy.
Visa Fees and other requirements:
1. Pay the required visa fees by adhering to the designated payment process as stated by the Mexican embassy in Nigeria.
2. Present personally the visa application form dully completed and signed, since your biometric information (picture and fingerprints) is required. It is not possible to present your documents via courier or a third party.
3. Present a valid passport, with at least 6 months left before its expiry date. If you are not a Nigerian citizen, you will also need to provide either evidence of your legal entry into Nigeria, or of your legal residence in the country.
4. Bring with you one (1) passport sized color picture, with the following characteristics: front face, without glasses, and a white background.
5. Provide evidence of adequate economic solvency by presenting any of the following documents:
- Documents accounting for an employment or pension allowance with a monthly income equivalent to minimum $500.00 USD, free of taxes, during the last 3 months, as well as proof of stable employment during the last year, or
- Investment documents or bank accounts in the name of the applicant with a minimum monthly average balance equivalent to $1,500.00 USD during the last 3 months, or
- Real estate property deed registered in the name of the applicant with at least 2 years (minimum) ownership and proof of stable employment for the last 2 years.
6. Appear in person at the embassy for consular interview.
Usually, if the above mentioned requirements are fulfilled and no force majeure impediment arises, in particular the availability of the internet service, the visa is issued the same day it’s requested at the embassy.
Applicants with a valid and open visa for the United States of America, of any type, can enter Mexico without the need of a Mexican visa, as well as those with visas issued by Canada, Japan, United Kingdom and the Schengen States. However, it is advised that you obtain a Mexican visa if you plan to travel frequently to Mexico.
At World Visa News & Travel Report, will deemed this a very good decision by the Mexican immigration authority – as a way to boost influx of tourist to the country.
Children under 18 years of age have to present their birth certificate and have to be accompanied by either both parents or their legal guardians, or present a notarized authorization from them to travel to Mexico, including copy of the identifications of the parents (applies also for minors travelling alone). When travelling with single parents, widows or divorcees, the corresponding documents should be presented.
Invitation letters. Applicants who are being invited by a public or private institution in order to participate in an event in Mexico will have to present, along with their visa application form, passport and passport-sized picture, an original letter in the institution’s letterhead with the following characteristics:
1. Applicant’s full name and nationality.
2. Name of the organization.
3. Official registration number, if applicable.
4. Objective/purpose of the institution.
5. Full address and contact details of the organization or institution.
6. Information about the activity or project in which the applicant will be involved. Said activity must be related to the objectives of the organization or institution.
7. Estimated duration or approximate date of completion of the activity.
8. The guarantee to take care of all the applicant’s expenses during his stay in Mexico and of his return to his country of origin or residence. In order to prove that they have the resources to comply with this, private institutions must present investment documents or bank accounts with a minimum monthly average balance equivalent to $5,000.00 USD during the last 12 months
9. Copy of an official identification with photograph and signature of the person signing the letter.
10. The documents which prove that the applicant has the experience, capacity, skills or knowledge necessary to carry out the activity for which he has been invited, in original and copy.
Visa applications for working permits have to be requested in Mexico by the prospective employer at any office of the National Migration Institute (Instituto Nacional de Migración – INM/INAMI) located along the country. Once the authorization has been issued, the prospective employee must come in person to the Embassy with a copy of such authorization in order to take part in a consular interview.