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  • Article: E-1 & E-2 Visa Processing Changes in Mexico – New Centralized Processing Locations. By Avi Friedman, Esq.

    E-1 & E-2 Visa Processing Changes in Mexico – New Centralized Processing Locations

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    The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City recently announced major changes to the E visa application process.  According to the Embassy, increases in overall visa applications created challenges in efficiently processing E visa applications in Mexico City.

    As of July 07, 2015, all E Visa applications in Mexico will be processed as follows:

    • E-1 treaty trader visa applications will be handled by the U.S. Consulates in Monterrey and Tijuana.  If the E-1 biometrics appointment is scheduled at an ASC in Tijuana or Monterrey, the applicant will drop off the supporting documentation at the ASC appointment.  E-1 visa applicants at other ASCs must mail their supporting documentation directly to the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana or Monterrey.
    • E-2 treaty investor visa applications will be handled by the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez. If the E-2 biometrics appointment is scheduled at the ASC in Ciudad Juarez, the applicant will drop off the supporting documentation at the ASC appointment. Applicants at other ASCs must mail their supporting documentation directly to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez.

    Third Country Nationals (TCNs) residing in the United States can continue to apply to renew their E visas (and any other category except B-1/B-2 or H-2).  TCNs are generally not permitted to apply for their first non-immigrant visa at a consular post in Mexico.

    For more information regarding the transition of E-2 investor visa applications to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez and E-1 treaty trader visas to the U.S. Consulates in Monterrey and Tijuana, please contact our office and also review the following links:

    1. How to Apply for an E1 or E2 Visa. http://mexico.usembassy.gov/visas/non-immigrant-visas/visa-categories/investor-visas-e/how-to-apply-for-an-e1-or-e2-visa.html
    2. E New Rules Application Sheet 2015. http://goo.gl/g3Kq4O

      This post originally appeared on Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group. Reprinted with permission.


      About The Author

      Avi Friedman, Esq. Avi Friedman, a senior attorney with the firm, was named the 2014 Los Angeles Immigration Law "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News-Best Lawyers®. He was also listed in the 2015 Who's Who Legal rankings for his excellent in-person attorney/client representation at U.S. consular posts in Canada and Mexico. Mr. Friedman is serving his fifth term on the AILA Department of State Liaison Committee (2014-2016 and 2007-2010). He is currently serving his eleventh term as the Consular Affairs Liaison for the Southern California Chapter of AILA. He has authored numerous articles for AILA including: several chapters for the "Visa Processing Guide"; Third-Country National (TCN) and Consular Processing of Non-immigrant Visa Applications in Mexico and Canada: Practice Advisory; Nonimmigrant Waivers of Inadmissibility under INA 212(d)(3); "DOs" and "DON'Ts" for Attorneys Representing Visa Applicants (and for Consular Officers, too!); Nonimmigrant Visa Processing In Canada or Mexico Remains The Best Option for Third Country Nationals; and NIV Consular Processing - Truth and Consequences. He is also a frequent speaker on consular/visa issues and waivers at AILA and NAFSA conferences. Mr. Friedman continues to assist applicants with non-immigrant visa applications at U.S. consular posts worldwide. He focuses on in-person attorney/client representation at U.S. consular posts in Canada and Mexico. He also handles family-based immigrant petitions, naturalization applications, investor visa applications, and J-1 Waivers and immigrant and non-immigrant petitions for international medical graduate physicians.


      The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW.COM.

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