Work Visa for Canadians in Mexico

Are you going to Mexico for training or working purpose? you should read this post


Canada is a champion in foreign direct investment in Mexico and every year sends a substantial number of its nationals to Mexico to conduct training and working roles. This post is about work visa for Canadians in Mexico.

Canadian companies have an important presence in Mexico; from mining and energy industries, to financial and automotive sectors. According to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, more than 100,000 direct jobs are generated by Canadian employers like MagnaScotia Bank, and Bombardier. In addition, according to the Mexico´s Ministry of Economy, more than 75% of the mining exploration concessions are held by Canadian companies. Other sectors offer remarkable conditions for Canadians to setup operations in Mexico; for example, agroindustries, clean teach, IT.

Does a Canadian need a work visa for Mexico?

This is a good question asked by Canadian clients considering doing business in Mexico. As a general rule, all foreign nationals, including Canadians, conducting paid activities in Mexico must obtain a work visa; this requirement encompasses training and working roles.

A Canadian must obtain a work visa if:

The applicant will spend more than 180 days conducting business, technical or training activities in Mexico and the source of income is generated in Mexico, e.g. a Mexican corporation.

What is the difference between a business visitor and a foreign worker?

A Canadian could be considered a business visitor if the following criteria is fulfilled:

The applicant will spend less than 180 days within Mexico. The applicant works for a non-Mexican employer, e.g. a Canadian company, and the source of payment comes from Canada.

Does a Canadian business visitor need a Work Visa?

As a general rule, if a Canadian is considered a business visitor by the Mexican immigration authority, no work visa shall be needed.

My name is Luis Guillermo Cruz Rico , a dually-qualified lawyer in Mexico and Canada, authorized to practice law In both ends of North America;  with a combined experience of more than 21 years practicing law in  both countries I am able to provide  an unique understanding and command of two different legal systems, cultures and languages;

I am a Barrister and Solicitor and foreign legal consultant for Mexico in Ontario and lawyer in good standing in that country with experience in cross-border litigation, including assisting Canadian companies to setting up operations and transfer of management teams to Mexico

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