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.

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 Martinrea Magna, Scotia 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 need a Work Visa as business visitor?

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

Since 2007, we have assisted Canadians, including companies and individuals, to deal with their immigration needs in accordance with the laws of Mexico, and addressing their questions on immigration law. Should you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me.

Guillermo Cruz Rico, FLC, LL.M.

Dually-qualified lawyer in Mexico and Canada

Devoted to assisting clients to navigate of both Mexican and Canadian law.