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Immigration


15 February 2019

MEXICO: New policy requires legal representative to be present during the renewal of the employer registration certificate 

Companies registered in Mexico are required to renew their employer registration certificate (Constancia de Inscripción del Empleador), issued by the National Immigration Institute (INM), annually.

The former process required employers to present their tax return receipt for the previous year and to keep their old registration certificate on file. Mexico’s new government, however, has opted to make it mandatory for the employer’s legal representative to also appear during the renewal appointment.  

Duties of the legal representative during the appointment include:

  • Confirming that the business is operating locally
  • Presenting a list with all the foreign national hires registered with the company
  • Presenting information related to the legal entity

How does this affect the client?

  • Failing to renew the corporate registration certificate within 30 days after tax filing will result in the inability to sponsor foreign national hires until a new certificate is issued. As such, employers should plan ahead and file their tax in time in order not to exceed the expiry date of their old corporate registration certificate: April 1st.
  • Employers should familiarise their legal representative with the new procedure and its requirements, in order to avoid problems and delays during the appointment.
  • As the new process is lengthier, employers and (new) foreign national hires should be prepared for delayed visa applications as employers wait for the renewed employer registration certificate to be issued.

 

  

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