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Mexico is consistently considered one of
the easiest global destinations for U.S.
employers needing to assign foreign talent
on short notice.
CHINA

Top Industries: Iron and steel, automotive, oil and
petrochemicals, information technology
Short-Term Option: China (M) Visa
Estimated Consular Processing Time (U.S.): 7 business days
Employers needing to temporarily assign a foreigner
to China to undertake, perhaps, emergency installation or repair work can rest assured the immigration
process itself will not thwart the needs of the business.
If the activities are expected to be completed within 90
days, the Chinese (M) visa will permit a wide array of
activities, including providing guidance, supervision,
or inspection for a bid-winning project in China, among
many other short-term activities.
The Chinese (M) visa is filed exclusively at the
Chinese Consulate or Embassy with jurisdiction over
the applicant's place of residence. In the U.S., there
are consulates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago,
Houston, and New York, in addition to the embassy
in Washington, D.C. Notably, the primary document
requirements consist of obtaining an invitation letter, a
valid passport, and proof of temporary accommodation.
This is an ideal strategy, due primarily to the fact
that the visa is issued in approximately seven business days and there are no limits on the number of
these visas an applicant can apply for (granted there
is no stay exceeding 90 days associated with each
approval). As a result, employers can use this visa
as an emergency option on more than one occasion
and have the ability to petition for a work permit
(longer-term) while the applicant is in-country on the
Chinese (M) visa.

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MEXICO

Top Industries: Tobacco, aerospace, petroleum, mining
Short-Term Option: No visa required for U.S. nationals
Estimated Consular Processing Time (U.S.):
Immediate/entry with passport
Mexico is consistently considered one of the easiest
global destinations for U.S. employers needing to
assign foreign talent on short notice. For starters, U.S.
nationals are not required to obtain pre-departure
business or employment visas to undertake a large
swath of activities that most other global destinations
would consider to be "work" necessitating work
authorizations and, often, labor market testing. If
a U.S. employer needs to send a U.S. national on a
last-minute assignment to Mexico, so long as the
temporary business visitor is remunerated only in the
U.S. (and not placed on the Mexican payroll), the process for entry can be incredibly straightforward. This
process applies, in some instances, to foreigners from
outside the U.S. holding U.S. work and residence
authorizations such as H-1B or L-1 visas.
A consular visa is not needed, and upon arrival
the applicant needs only to present (1) proof of
round-trip airfare (if arriving by air), (2) proof of
temporary accommodation not exceeding 180 days,
and (3) an invitation letter from the local Mexican
entity as evidence of the purpose and duration
of the visit. Interestingly, the requirement for an
invitation letter is not contemplated in the Mexican
immigration regulations, but it is recommended
and should be provided as a matter of custom.
There are cases in which applicants have been
granted admission without first obtaining this



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