If you are considering moving to Mexico, the first step is to visit one of the Mexican consulates closest to you. Whether you’re planning to work, retire, further your education, or just visit Mexico, at some point, you’ll be required to visit the consulate in person. You may not know how frustrating it can be to place a call or schedule an appointment with the Mexican consulate.
If you haven’t traveled before, you may not know who a consulate is. A consulate is an outpost of the government’s main representative in a foreign country. The Mexican Consulate is an official arm of the Mexican government, with offices in the U.S and other parts of the world.
Suppose you’re a US citizen planning on traveling down to Mexico or have loved ones that are nationals of Mexico. In that case, you can visit the Mexican Consulate for assistance with obtaining a visa, passport, birth certificate, and other related services.
If you want to apply for temporary or permanent residency in Mexico, you may be required to have an appointment at a Mexican consulate. Have you ever wondered how to book an appointment for your Mexican visa with a Mexican Consulate? No need to worry; that’s what this article is all about.
In this post, I’ll tell you how to book an appointment at a Mexican consulate and what documents you need to bring.
What Does The Mexican Consulate Do?
Its responsibilities revolve around supporting Mexican citizens who live or travel abroad. Its principal responsibilities are to protect and defend Mexicans’ rights and interests. It is also responsible for strengthening links between the Mexican, Mexican-American, and Latino communities, among other things.
Moreover, the Mexico Consulate provides consular protection and assistance with human rights, immigration, educational opportunities, emergencies, health guidance, criminal, work, administrative, and family matters. They provide services for legal issues, passport loss, birth or death of a family member while overseas, medical situations, and more. However, their primary function is to protect Mexican citizens outside the country.
The consulate can also issue documents such as Mexican identification cards (for those not eligible for a state identification card), Mexican passports, and official stamps. The consulate can also notarize legal documents for use in Mexico and offer information on Mexicans’ protection in the United States.
For uninsured individuals seeking low- or no-cost health care in their area, several offices provide additional health resources and/or referrals. Some consulates have formed partnerships with local health clinics to provide health services within the consulate facility.
How to Book an Appointment at a Mexican Consulate
As we mentioned, most Mexican immigration applications typically require an appointment at a Mexican consulate. If you don’t know how to proceed, follow the guidelines below to contact your preferred consulate or use the newly improved Mexitel online appointment service.
Below are the two ways to book an appointment with the Mexican consulate:
- Direct Contact.
You may be able to book an appointment by email, phone, or in person, depending on the Mexican consulate you choose. To begin, a simple Google search for Mexican consulate + location will yield the contact information for your local consulate. Additionally, you can use this embassy-worldwide.com webpage instead: https://www.embassy-worldwide.com.
If you cannot book directly, you must go through the next step, and this is done on the Mexitel website.
MEXITEL is a website designed to schedule appointments at all Mexican consulates worldwide for visa applications and other consular matters. To access Mexitel’s online system, click on this link.
How Can I Use Mexitel to Book an Appointment?
1. Prepare yourself
You will need to know your passport information, your availability, the procedure name, and the consulate location before entering the MEXITEL portal.
2. Register with Mexitel
Select your language in the right-hand corner above the form once you’ve arrived at the MEXITEL website (Idioma in Spanish), while EN is the English code. (Please note that the translation is incomplete, and many words on the site are still in Spanish.) After that, choose ‘create an account.’
At this point, you must submit your full name, nationality, date of birth, passport number, phone number, email address, and parents’ surnames. If you don’t have a second surname (segundo apellido), you don’t have to enter one. The country code for a Mexican phone number is +52. You must also create a password containing at least one number, one uppercase and one lowercase letter, and one non-alphanumeric character that is between 12 and 45 characters long.
You will get a confirmation email at the email address you provided when your account has been created. Validate your account by clicking the link on that page, then, you can access the appointment booking portal.
3. Schedule an appointment
To make an appointment, go to the MEXITEL portal and log in with your account information. The next screen will ask for information about your chosen consulate, the type of procedure (e.g., visa), and your personal information. When you click SCHEDULE, a form with several steps will appear.
The first step is to choose a country, state, and specific office. Once more, you will have to provide personal information, including your full name, dates of birth, nationality, gender, civil status, and birth country. If you don’t have a CURP number, select the ‘Agregar manualmente‘ (manual entry) option from the drop-down menu.
In the next steps, you will be asked if you already have a Mexican passport or consular number. Typically, the response will be no. Now, proceed to the next step. Select ‘Verify‘ and ‘Continuar‘ after that.
After this, you must confirm this process (trámite). Click ‘Visa’ for residency. Check ahead of time to see if your consulate offers this visa service.
Select ‘sin permiso de INM‘ under Tipo de Trámite. This indicates that you have not yet obtained authorization from the Mexican immigration service. Residente temporal for temporary residence or Residente permanente for permanent residency are the trámite options under Sub tipo.
Now, you must indicate if the applicant is disabled (discapacitado) – select yes or no, or naturalized – yes or no. If the applicant is disabled, you should indicate if they need assistance.
You’ll then provide your contact information one more, including an emergency contact with an email address.
Finally, a calendar will appear with the available appointments. It is imperative to note that in some consulates and even during busy periods of the year, you may have to wait till the beginning of the month to see the availability for that month.
Upon completion of the form, you will receive a confirmation by email. Print the document and bring it along with other required documents on the appointed day.
What are the Requirements?
The requirements may vary depending on the consulate. For instance, if you want to apply as a temporary resident as an investor in Mexico, the consulate in Paris will not accept your financial records as the consulates do in Canada and the United States.
All Mexican consulates require applicants to come with their passports with at least six months of validity before the expiration date. Also, they would bring a passport-size color picture, one original and one photocopy of a valid ID (ID card, driver’s license), a complete application, which can be downloaded from the consulate website, and 36 USD in cash.
For US and Canada consulates, you must prove your financial solvency or investments in Mexico, including properties you own, businesses, or corporations. For financial solvency, you will present documents showing your economic solvency, such as:
- Original and one copy (notarized in many cases) of investments along with savings account statements in the last twelve (12) months or
- Original and one copy (notarized) of your bank account statements or pay stubs in the last six (6) months.
In some consulates like Denver, you’ll be required to come with a letter written in Spanish requesting Mexican residency. In the letter, you must indicate the address, town, or city where you plan to reside in Mexico and your travel date. Also, you must state that you are aware that the visa doesn’t permit you to receive income in Mexico.
The consulates typically require an average monthly balance of a given sum of funds for the previous twelve months or proof showing a determined monthly income.
Notably, these financial requirements may differ between consulates, and fluctuations may occur due to the exchange rate. Generally, if you are looking for temporary residency in Mexico, you will prove you have investments or present your savings account statement of over 25,000 USD from the previous twelve months. Also, the monthly income must be more than 1,500 USD plus 500 USD for each dependent.
The consulates in Canada and the United States will accept property ownership in Mexico territory valued at over 150,000 USD or ownership in a Mexican company with at least 90,000 USD invested in shares or properties, including real estate property acquired in the name of the company.
For permanent residency, the financial requirement is 100,000 USD in savings or investments or 2500 USD of salary or pension per month.
As you can see, the process is relatively straightforward and will have you on your way to securing a Mexican passport in no time. While the process may seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before if you take one step at a time and ask what each form is for as you complete it, things will go smoothly, and you’ll be on your way in no time.
We hope this guide has quickly helped you book an appointment at a Mexican consular office.