What is the change? Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) in Mexico City and the State of Mexico (Estado de Mexico) announced that immigration offices will remain closed until Feb. 7 because of the current COVID-19 “red light” status in these jurisdictions.

What does the change mean? All immigration services processed by these offices will be paused during the closure.

  • Implementation time frame: INM offices are shut down until Feb. 7.
  • Visas/permits affected: Any immigration petitions being processed by these offices will be impacted.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals working or living in Mexico or their employers who have ongoing immigration applications before the INM.
  • Business impact: Companies should anticipate delays in processing times with any pending applications housed in these locations.
  • Next steps: Individuals with travel plans abroad in the coming weeks should contact their Deloitte professional to inquire about exit/re-entry permits.

Background: Immigration offices in Mexico City and Estado de Mexico first closed its offices due to COVID-19 restrictions in January.

Analysis & Comments: Mexico City and Estado de Mexico are currently in “red light” status, as part of Mexico’s traffic light system for classifying risk level for COVID-19 spread. Red is the most severe and includes the most restrictions. The classifications are re-evaluated daily. Employers and individuals with pending matters with INM in Mexico City and Estado de Mexico should monitor the COVID-19 classification system. 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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