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  2. Global HR Compliance
  3. Global PEO and payroll
  4. Work permit for hiring expats via PEO
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Immigration support for hiring expats in Mexico via PEO

Global expansion is often linked with foreign hiring. This may require knowing the labor code of a foreign country, in-country incorporation peculiarities or immigration procedure in case of expats hiring.
If you are already hiring or planning to onboard expatriates for your international projects in Mexico, there is a range of things that you need to consider:

  • HR compliance
  • How to get a work permit or visa so that foreigners are eligible to work in Mexico
  • Timelines to get a permit or visa
  • How to payroll expats after the permits have been received
  • Whether it makes sense to open and keep your own business entity to employ expats directly

A global PEO or Employer of Record solution with immigration support might be a viable alternative to direct hiring of expats on your own company in Mexico. This solution gives companies freedom from the need to keep the entity in the country while employing expats in full compliance with Mexican labor legislation. Immigration support is part of a PEO service that precedes the employment. As a PEO service provider, Acumen International can sponsor a work permit and then employ an expat in Mexico on the client’s behalf.

Note: having one provider that sponsors a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Mexico, minimizes risks of visa rejection and takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to work overseas.

Our ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for employer companies that want to transfer selected expats to Mexico or individuals whose employers are ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country. The service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel and willing to retain them by offering employee status and providing employee benefits.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit and employment of expats in Mexico. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Focus on your primary business goals and let us take care of the work permit and immigration in Mexico for you. Use our all-in-one solution:

  1. For long-term assignments in Mexico, allowing to payroll and manage expats with full legal compliance without a legal entity
  2. As an interim solution before incorporating in the country

Solution for global mobility of expats in Mexico

Acumen International will guide you through a grueling immigration procedure and will help you immediately onboard and payroll expats after they have received a work permit or visa. Use our global mobility and PEO solution to staff any international assignments in Mexico without the pitfalls and financial risks associated with hiring expatriate personnel there.

With our expertise in expats immigration and employment, we offer a comprehensive solution to ensure that your international employees get their work permits within the standard duration of the immigration service in Mexico. Learn more about the timelines requirements for getting a work permit in Mexico below.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Mexico takes from 1 to 2 months until entry to Mexico, and a further 1 month before the entire process is completed.

Major steps to get a work permit in Mexico

  1. Entry Permit Application
  2. Consular Visa Application
  3. Entry to Mexico
  4. Submit Temporary Residence Card Application
  5. Interview for Temporary Residence Card Application

Documents required for the work permit application in Mexico

Name Notes
Completed Permit application form
Copy of Passport (ID) Information Page Valid for 6 Months May require copies of all pages or just one with a photo – specify before applying (additionally: family members)
Passport (ID) valid for six months minimum For employee (additionally: family members)
2 color passport size photographs Minimum size 3.2 cm x 2.6 cm; maximum size 3.9 cm x 3.1 cm; white background, no eyeglasses (additionally: family members)
Signed letter of authorization from the Mexican Immigration Office with the NUT (Número Único de Trámite) number
Signed letter of the job offer from the company in Mexico Including job title, job description, and salary information
Signed letter of registration of the company or employer in Mexico For employer
Letter of Notification of Authorization of Visa received by the Mexican Company For employer
Photocopy of any former/valid Mexican Visa Additionally: family members
Proof of permanent/temporary residence Copy of Utility bills
Diploma/qualification certificates Notarized and Apostille approved copy
Birth Certificate Notarized and Apostille approved copy, (additionally: family members)
Marriage Certificate (if traveling with a spouse) Notarized and Apostille approved copy/ies
Airline ticket

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Mexico without having to set up your own business entity, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting a work permit by working with our local partners. We will organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the application progress.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Mexico.

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