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Effective March 6, 2017, Applicants for an Immigrant Visa from the country of Mexico will be required to obtain a police clearance letter. The requirement applies to Applicants who are age 18 or older and who have resided in Mexico for more than six months since the age of 18.

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Applicants who have not yet submitted their packet of required documentation to the National Visa Center (NVC) will be required to submit the police clearance letter at that time.

For Applicants who have already sent all required documentation to the NVC when the update was enacted, the NVC may move forward with processing but require the Applicant to bring the police clearance letter to their consulate appointment (AILA Doc. No. 17041846).

More information about consular processing can be found at the consulate website here.

Lauren Wallis is an immigration attorney at Brewer & Lormand, PLLC. She works out of the firm’s Dallas office and defends individuals against deportation before the Immigration Court in Dallas, Texas. She also handles SIJS, VAWA, U Visas, Military PIP, Applications for Residency, Citizenship, Adjustments of Status, DACA, TPS, and Asylum