Migration and visa issues
DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR A STUDENT VISA?
In order to know if you need a visa for entering into Mexico, it will depend on your citizenship and amount of time you will be studying in Mexico. Verify which of the following three scenarios applies to you:
- If you will be studying for one semester in Mexico and your citizenship is on the list of countries that do not need a visa to enter Mexico, you will not need a visa.
- If you will be studying for one semester in Mexico and your citizenship is on the list of countries that need a visa to enter Mexico, you will need to apply for a “Visa de Visitante sin permiso para realizar actividades remuneradas”.
- If you will be studying for more than one semesters in Mexico, you will need to apply for a “Visa de Residente Temporal Estudiante”, regardless your citizenship.
In the case of needing a visa, the Student Mobility Office will provide you with the necessary documents to do so.
APPLYING FOR THE VISA:
If you belong to case 2) or 3), you will have to apply for your visa prior to your departure at the Mexican consulate in your home country.
In order to apply for a visa, you have to make an appointment at the, and hand in a special original letter addressed to the Mexican consulate there (together with some additional documents you will be asked for by the consulate). This letter certifies that you have been accepted as exchange student. It will be sent by IBERO to your home university together with the original letter of acceptance. The process of issuing a student visa takes several weeks. This is why it is important that IBERO receives the students' application form and documentation as soon as possible, so that we can send the letter for the Mexican consulate on time.
Please tell us in advance if you are planning to study for one or two semesters at IBERO, so that we can send you the adequate letter for the consulate!
Please read the corresponding section in the IBERO Study Guide in order to learn about the additional procedures when passing through migration control at the airport, and after your arrival.
In recent months, Mexican immigration authorities have shown very restrictive practices in the treatment of visiting students of foreign nationality. It is extremely important that at the time of entry into the country and at the time of going through the immigration control at the airport, you have at hand and in printed form all the documents that will be indicated to you by the IBERO exchange office.