E2 Visa Mexico Processing Changes for each Consulate

In order to keep up with a continual rise in applications for the various visas that are available to Mexican nationals, the United States Embassy is no longer processing non-immigrant “E type” visa applications at its Applicant Service Center in Mexico City. This change in process is not to deter visa applicants for E-1 and E2 visas, the procedural change was simply due to the overall number in visa applications and the time it takes to process them. The US Embassy in Mexico recognizes that E1 treaty trader visa and E2 treaty investor visa applicants are an integral part of the U.S. economy and were created to encourage trade and investment between the U.S. and other countries and grant foreign individuals who intend to engage in substantial trade or invest money into a new or existing U.S. The US Embassy in Mexico feels that this change in process will provide visa applicants with a more efficient manner of processing of these particular visa applications.

E2 Visa Mexico

The official US Embassy website states that “Treaty Trader visas (E-1) and Treaty Investor visas (E-2) are non-immigrant visas for nationals of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of friendship, commerce, and navigation who wish to go to the United States for one of two purposes: to carry on substantial trade, principally between the United States and the treaty country (E-1); or to develop and direct the operations of an enterprise in which the national has invested or is in the process of investing a substantial amount of capital (E-2).” Click the link for a complete list of E2 Treaty Countries and E-1 Treaty Countries. The graphic below summarizes the number of E2 visa approvals for Mexican nationals in 2019.


As of July 7, 2015, E1 Visas are now processed by the US Consulate in both Monterrey and Tijuana, and E2 Visas are processed in the US Consulate located in Ciudad Juarez. The application process may be started online and completed applications and supporting documents will then be mailed to the respective Consulate.

E2 Visa Approval Rates for Mexico

Of all the Latin American countries, Mexico has the highest number of E2 visa applicants. In 2018 the US Consulate in Mexico issued 1,978 E2 visas to Mexican non-immigrant entrepreneurs who either created or purchased a business or franchise in the United States through the E2 treaty investor visa program. This benefits the U.S. economy greatly by providing valuable investment and many jobs for U.S. workers.

The graph below displays the latest 5-year summary of E2 visa approval rates for Mexican nationals. It includes the percentage increase or decrease in the number of E2 visas issued per year. Each E2 visa application requires a comprehensive and professionally written 5-year US immigration business plan.

E2 Visa Mexico Approvals

The US Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico is located at:

Prolongación Ave. Alfonso Reyes #150
Col. Valle del Poniente
Santa Catarina, Nuevo León
Mexico 66196
+52 814 770 2470
+52 818 526 2111

The US Consulate General in Tijuana, Mexico is located at:

Paseo De Las Culturas S/N
Mesa de Otay
22425 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
+52 664 977 2000
+52 664 231 7808

The US Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico is located at:

Paseo de la Victoria #3650
Fracc. Partido Senecú
Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico C.P. 32543
+52 656 344 3003