Joined: 10 Mar 2003
Location: Mexico City
|Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:38 am Post subject: Immigration Sponsorship - Employer Point of View
|Immigration and visas always being a topic, I thought I'd share my experiences and thoughts from the employer view. And Tretyakovskii asked me to describe this once it was done.
I incorporated this year and set about registering with immigration to be able to sponsor foreigners for work in Mexico as teachers. It's a relatively easy process if you've done everything correctly and costs nothing more than what you pay a lawyer to help.
Assuming you are already incorporated as a persona moral, the steps are:
1. Complete a simple registration with INM
2. Provide your acta constitutiva (incorporation documents)
3. Show you are up to date on your taxes
4. Provide a list of employees with their nationalities
There is some kind of ratio they want to see within your industry to make sure you aren't giving away jobs Mexicans can fill, but there are no guidelines given to you on this. I will guess that education and specifically, English education, gets an easier pass than say, bartending and entertainment.
The whole process takes 3 days to register. After that, you simply submit your job offers to INM via an online system and can start hiring foreigners.
Which I - or rather, my company - can now do!
This all got me wondering why there are so many schools that don't do it, or claim they can't. Even large players like Berlitz struggle with this.
I have to imagine that a lot of schools are not properly configured with SAT from the get go...being family-owned, perhaps they are registered incorrectly or with the wrong industry. Maybe the ratio is the problem, although I never see that among the largest international schools that will have over 50% foreign teachers on staff.
Maybe someone else here has some knowledge to share about their school. From here forward, when I walk into schools for a visit, I'll be pointing out how easy it is to do. Might be able to even turn a consulting business on getting them set up...