MEXICO - New Quota and Point Grading Systems Delayed

  • Mexico
  • 02/15/2013
  • Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

The new quota system for work-related visas and the new point grading system for permanent resident status have been delayed from going into effect. Both systems are important facets of the new Mexican immigration law, and are being delayed because no official guidelines have been published yet.

The quota system: This will regulate the issuance of work-related visas. According to the law, the deadline for guideline publication was Dec. 31, 2012, and the quota system was to go into effect by Jan. 1. However, since guidelines have not been published, an updated launch date for the new system has not been announced.

The point grading system: Under this system, applicants will be assigned points based on education, work experience, and science and technology skills as well as international skills useful for conducting business in Mexico. Through this new program, foreign nationals can apply for permanent resident status while in Mexico; they no longer need to reside in the country for four years with a temporary resident visa or FM2/FM3 visa. Published guidelines are also pending for this system.

No further information is available on the launch date for these new systems. BAL will provide updates as they become available.

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