We get quite a few questions from readers about the laws, rules, requirements and procedures to lawfully work in Mexico. We normally just answer them on an individual basis instead of writing a dedicated article because the answer will change based on a variety of factors. For example:
Is the person applying outside of Mexico after having received a job offer from a person or company inside Mexico?
Is the person already in Mexico as a temporary resident without a work permit but now wants to change that status to be able to work?
Is the person a citizen of Belize or Guatamala and he or she wants a special permit to work in the states of Tabasco, Quintana Roo or Chiapas? Yep, that’s really a thing.
The list of factors to consider goes on, but I think you get the point — it can get complicated. And don’t get me started on the procedures for businesses to hire these folks. They have some hoops to jump through too before they can hire foreign workers.
This week the Mexican government came out with a new 27-page comprehensive guide explaining the procedures for both workers and employers. I downloaded it this morning and read it cover to cover while enjoying my morning coffee. I have to say, they really did a good job on this thing.
Some folks will be disappointed to learn that the guide is currently only available in Spanish. Of course if you plan to live and work in Mexico, you should probably be working on your español anyway.
You can download the guide here: