What is the change? Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) has announced that immigration offices will be closed starting on Dec. 25 and will reopen for business Jan. 4, 2021.

What does the change mean? All immigration services will be paused during this time. Employers and employees with pending immigration applications should expect delays during the holidays.

  • Implementation time frame: INM offices will be closed from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, 2021.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and permits could be delayed.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals working or living in Mexico or their employers could be impacted by the closures.
  • Impact on processing: The holiday closures could create longer wait times for any applications being processed by INM.
  • Business impact: Employees and companies need to prepare for possible delays to impact start dates or other time lines.

Background: Immigration offices in Mexico traditionally close for a two-week period during the holidays. This year, offices will be closed for a shorter period of time.

Analysis & Comments: Anyone with pending matters before the INM should file applications as soon as possible in order to minimize the impact of any delays that could result from holiday closures.

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