In North America, there is no greater movement of people than between the United States and Mexico. Thousands of people cross into the United States from Mexico each week, and while U.S. officials have streamlined the process to the highest degree possible, there are still important steps Mexican citizens must take to enter the United States legally on a visa.
Mexican visitors must first decide which type of visa they are applying for. Visas can be issued for business, tourism, students, NAFTA professionals, investors and several other types of circumstances.
Once you have determined the reason for your visit, you must complete a Form DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Application Form application online. After you complete it, print the confirmation page with the barcode.
Check Your Eligibility
Once you have this page in hand, contact the U.S. Embassy or one of the consulates in Mexico to schedule an interview. You can make an appointment online here or by phone at any of the following local phone numbers in Mexico:
Ciudad Juárez: 656-2123773
Guadalajara:33-85261444 / 33-46241978
Check Your Eligibility
Matamoros:899-1714632 / 868-8126118
México, D.F. :55-85263111 / 55-11634677
Monterrey:81-85262111 / 81-46242508
Nuevo Laredo: 867- 962 1787/ 899-1714633
Piedras Negras: 878-7839092
San Luis Potosí: 444-2402448
San Martin Texmelucan De Labastida: 248-4623439
There is also a local telephone number from the USA: 703-439-2310.
You will need to pay the application fee which can be done online or through a Call Center and will range from $16 to $205 depending on your age and circumstances.
Mexican citizens who want to renew their visa may or may not have to go through an interview. If you’ve been refused on a previous renewal, or your visa was cancelled, lost, or stolen, you will need to appear for an interview.
On the other hand, if you are an applicant who is under six years old or over 80 years old and you are in good standing without any deportations, a criminal record or other similar circumstances, your interview may be waived. Also, certain classifications of visas that have expired in the preceding 48 months may be eligible for the Interview Waiver Program.
In cases where the interview is waived, applicants only need to come to the Applicant Service Center known as the Centro de Atencion a Solcitantes.
If you are required to come to an interview, you will need to bring a valid passport, the Form DS-160 confirmation page, Banamex or Santander visa application receipts showing you paid your fees, and other documents directly related to your specific type of application. Relatives and other third parties are not allowed to attend the interview with the applicant due to security issues. Also, all electronic devices such as cellphones, laptops or cameras are not allowed as well.
Upon arrival, your application will be reviewed, your fingerprints will be checked and verified, and an official will interview you and make a decision regarding your application for the visa.
You will be notified when and where you will be able to pick up your visa. In many cases, this has already been pre-determined when an applicant calls to set their appointment interview.