Authorizations for Foreign Employees in Mexico

The FLL allows for the employment of foreign nationals in Mexico. Article 7 of the FLL states that “in every enterprise or establishment, the employer shall employ at least 90 per cent of Mexican workers.” This same provision states that with regard to categories of technicians and professionals, “the workers shall be Mexicans unless there are none in that particular specialty, in which case the employer may employ foreign workers temporarily, in a ratio not to exceed 10 per cent of those employed in that specialty.” There are two additional conditions in Article 7: (1) employers and foreign workers have a joint obligation to train Mexican workers in the specialty of the foreign workers; and (2) physicians working in enterprises must be Mexicans. The provisions of Article 7 of the FLL do not apply to directors, administrators, or general managers of enterprises.

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