E Visa Processing Changes Mexico
US consular operations in Mexico rank number four worldwide in E Visa (E-2 Investor Visa and E-1 Trader Visa) issuance. The E Visa program is critical to stimulate foreign direct investment in the US. To more efficiently process visas for E-2 investors and E-1 traders, the US Mission Mexico announces two changes in the application and renewal procedures for the E-2 Investor Visa and E-1 Trader Visa categories.
Centralization of E Visa Applications
To provide enhanced service and the most comprehensive review of all E Visa applications, beginning July 1, 2012, the US Mission Mexico will centralize all E Visa adjudications in Mexico at visa posts with significant experience in E visa processing that host large, trained staff members who can bring concentrated expertise to bear on the E Visa program. After July 1, 2012, all review of E Visa applications in Mexico will occur at the following three posts:
- US Embassy Mexico City;
- US Consulate General Monterrey; and,
- US Consulate General Tijuana.
Standardized E Visa Application Format
Secondly, to facilitate and to ensure an efficient, thorough and transparent review of all E visa applications, all submissions of documents in support of an E Visa application must be organized and presented in the standardized format as described for E-2 Investor Visa and E-1 Trader visa applications on the US Mission Mexico website.
E Visa applicants must continue to schedule appointments and fee payments through the US Mission online services and call center. E Visa applicants may continue to choose any one of the 14 Applicant Service Centers (ASC) throughout Mexico to provide required biometrics (digital photographs and fingerprints). The ASC will then schedule appointments for E Visa interviews in one of the three processing posts, Mexico City, Monterrey or Tijuana, based on the E Visa applicant’s preference and appointment availability. Documents in support of an E visa application may be submitted in person at the ACS in Mexico City, Monterrey or Tijuana or mailed directly to the visa section, which will conduct an interview and adjudicate the E visa.
E-1 Trader visas and E-2 Investor visas are nonimmigrant visas for nationals of a country with which the US maintains a treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation (which includes Mexico) who wish to go to the US for one of two purposes: to carry on substantial trade, principally between the US and the treaty country (E-1 Trader Visa); or to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which the national has invested or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital (E-2 Investor Visa).
For additional information about the E visa category, please visit the US Embassy Mexico website.