Mexico: Site inspections increased

National Immigration Institute (INM) officials have stepped up the amount of on-site inspections to companies' registered addresses and this trend is expected to continue for the rest of the year, especially in high-volume jurisdictions like Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Villahermosa and San Luis Potosi.

Inspection Process

Inspections are conducted in the following two stages:

  • An INM official visits the corporate address (found on the Corporate Registration Certificate for employers sponsoring remunerated work visas); and
  • Employers are then given 24 hours’ notice for the inspection.

Officials reserve the right to request additional information outside of the foreign workers’ documents, including corporate documents, to corroborate that the business has an active operation in Mexico. 

The legal representative must be present at the inspection.

What This Means for Employers

Although these inspections are not considered a formal government audit, failure to comply with officials’ requests can trigger a formal audit.

Employers who have been notified of an inspection should contact their immigration professional to arrange for attorney representation during the inspection.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK