Mexico City, January 7, 2013 — The United States Embassy is pleased to announce the expansion of its Business Facilitation Program (BFP) that allows access to expedited visa processing for employees of qualifying firms traveling to the U.S. on company business. The BFP will provide time-saving benefits for businesses whose employees need to travel to the U.S., and highlights the United States’ commitment to deepening trade and economic engagement with Mexico.
The BFP is open throughout Mexico and is available at all U.S. Consulates and the Embassy. The BFP requires interested firms to register with the U.S. Embassy’s or Consulates’ Consular Section.
Participating companies will benefit from access to our visa appointment system, allowing a company representative to schedule online visa application appointments in for a reserved appointment block. In addition, employees of participating companies will receive expedited processing and visa delivery for their approved applications.
All U.S. companies with a Mexican branch/affiliate/subsidiary may participate in the BFP. Mexican and non-U.S. companies with at least 100 employees are eligible to participate, as well as those with less than 100 employees, who obtain a recommendation from either the American Chamber of Commerce ("AmCham"), Camara de Comercio de Mexico ("CANACO"), or Asociación Nacional de Importadores y Exportadores de la República Mexicana ("ANIERM") certifying that the company has been a dues-paying member of the respective organization for at least three years
For further information on the program, please refer to the guidelines and application form on the U.S. Embassy’s website at http://mexico.usembassy.gov/visas/non-immigrant-visas/business-facilitation-program.html or at the appropriate U.S. Consulate’s website.