Anyone who is a foreigner in any country is bound to feel some amount of uneasiness, particularly when they are faced with a legal problem, conflict with the local citizens or altercation with legal processes or authorities. The same holds true for foreigners in Mexico. Read on as we give the basic information about your rights while in Mexico, along with what to expect with your foreign status.
The Immigration Law states that the immigration policy of Mexico is to secure full respect for the human rights of domestic, migrants and foreign, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, immigration status and nationality. Special attention is given to vulnerable groups like seniors, teenagers, children, women and indigenous. Should the foreigner be accused or found guilty of any unlawful act, their undocumented immigration should not create any prejudice.
For those who have any interest in Mexico, whether it is an investment, business or family in the country, the state should also guarantee that the acquired rights of immigrants is recognized. Free transit throughout the country is guaranteed equal to any national, as well as access to education, medical and other public services, regardless of their immigration status. Civil actions cannot also be denied by authorities, particularly in marriages and granting of wills.
One specific right of a foreigner that is not exactly well known among Mexican authorities is that an interpreter should be provider for them if they cannot speak or understand Spanish. And should there be any legal judicial processes against a foreigner, authorities have to inform the foreigner of any international agreements or treaties when it comes to the transfer of prisoners, along with any other piece of information that may benefit them.
Now, what are the main obligations of foreigners during their stay in the Mexico? The law states that immigrants should comply with these obligations: protect their immigration status documents; show documents proving their identity and immigration status when needed; give personal data when requested by authorities; and other obligations stated in the Constitution, Act, Regulations and other pertinent provisions.
We hope that the concepts we showed above has given you a clearer view of the most common doubts of foreigners in Mexico. Keep them in mind as they will come in handy on your next trip to Mexico. If you have any specific case or particular question, do not hesitate to consult an immigration expert or the Mexican immigration authorities.