• Abogado Adalberto Pérez

How many Africans have obtained a Humanitarian Card from the INM to travel freely through Mexico?

According to the most recent update of the immigration bulletin of the Ministry of the Interior, the Mexican government granted 31,893 Visa Cards for Humanitarian Reason to migrants from Africa, Asia, Europe and America, during the period from January to month August 2019 ... However, it only granted 66 Visa Cards for Humanitarian Reason to African migrants, which represents 0.20% of the total humanitarian cards granted to migrants from all over the world who arrived illegally in Mexico ... In others words, of every thousand Visa Cards for Humanitarian Reason that the Mexican government grants, only TWO HUMANITARIAN CARDS will be granted to some African migrant ... To assess the proportion of the above, the National Migration Institute (INM) arrested 5,286 Africans who Illegally entered the Mexican Republic, between the month of January and the month of August of the year 2019 ...

The Representation Office of the National Institute of Migration (INM) in Chiapas, the Mexican state where hundreds of African migrants are currently stranded, has delivered only 11 humanitarian cards during the period from January to August of this year ... INM in Baja California and Mexico City have delivered 12 and 9 humanitarian cards, respectively, to African migrants during the year 2019 ...


If your application for a Humanitarian Reason Visa Card is denied, you will be arrested when you present to sign in the Migration Control Book and will be deported on the first available flight, unless you get the representation of an immigration lawyer who stops that deportation through a federal court trial ...


The INM is required by law to respond to the request for a Visa Card for Humanitarian Reason within a maximum period of 30 days, either approving or denying it ... In practice, the INM does not respect the terms of the law and repeatedly violates the Constitutional rights of migrants, either mistreating them in immigration prisons, or withholding their passports, or not giving them notifications in the appropriate time to defend themselves, among other serious incidents ...


Mexican law provides eleven ways for a migrant to travel legally through Mexico ... If the migrant does not qualify for a Visa Card for Humanitarian Reason, then an Immigration lawyer can take advantage of the violations of constitutional rights that the INM makes, and sue Federal judge that the Mexican government gives the foreigner some other immigration document that allows him to freely transit through Mexico, and leave the country whenever he wishes.


SOME TIPS FOR THE MIGRANT COMMUNITY:

  1. You should always consult an Immigration Lawyer before starting any immigration procedure, as only an expert can indicate the appropriate strategy to solve your case ...

  2. Mexican law allows migrants to represent themselves before the National Migration Institute (INM) or before the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR) ... However, this option is not always recommended ... The truth is that Hiring an Immigration Lawyer is the key, in most cases, to avoid unnecessary delays and problems that can result in deportation ...

  3. Mexican law states that only professionally licensed lawyers can represent foreigners in their immigration processes ... Hiring an immigration lawyer may seem like a heavy expense, but it really is an investment in your future ... Do not choose an immigration lawyer just because it is the one that charges you cheaper ... Do not deal with alleged activists or corrupt officials, who will scam you with the promise of immigration documents ...

  4. In immigration matters, cheap is almost always expensive, as happened recently to fifty Cubans stranded in Tapachula, who were scammed with USD$40,000 by an agent of the National Institute of Migration (INM), who promised them to obtain Humanitarian Visas, illegally, without passing by the immigration procedure ...

The purpose of this blog is to provide you with only general information ... This information should never be considered by the reader as a legal consultation for any particular person, case or circumstance ... Due to the complexity of Migration Law, you should always consult a lawyer specialized in immigration laws before starting any immigration procedure ...


In Arevalo & Meyers: Immigration Lawyers L.L.P. We are lawyers specialized in Migration Law, Mexican Migration Law, Loi sur l’immigration au Canada, and U.S. Immigration Law; We are licensed to represent our clients in Mexico, Canada and the United States, and with our professional assistance we can guide you through the process to properly resolve your case ...

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