What is the change? Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) offices in Mexico City and the State of Mexico (Estado de Mexico) have announced their offices will remain closed until Feb. 1. The offices had been closed for the holidays and the closures were extended because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current “red light” status in these two jurisdictions.

  • Implementation time frame: INM offices in Mexico City and the State of Mexico will remain closed until Feb. 1.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals with immigration processes before the INM in these jurisdictions.
  • Impact on processing: The closures will create longer wait times for applications being processed in Mexico City or the State of Mexico.
  • Next Steps: Those with plans to travel abroad during this time period are encouraged to work with their Deloitte point of contact to check if an Exit/Reentry permit is required and, if so, if it is possible to obtain one at this time.

Background: Immigration offices in Mexico initially closed from Dec. 25 to Jan. 4 because of the holidays. These closures were extended until Jan. 10 because of COVID-19 and then were extended again. Officials recently announced the office would remain closed until Feb. 1.

Analysis & Comments: The INM offices in Mexico City and State of Mexico have not announced contingencies for those with urgent immigration needs. It is possible the closure will be extended yet again due to COVID-19 conditions. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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