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Mexico APEC (ABTC) card for business people

(Mexico Economic Cooperation Forum Asia-Pacific )

The APEC card is applicable to Mexicans that accredit being a business person, and intend to enter to one of the APEC’s economies.

The benefit of this card is fast lanes in the documentation process when entering a member country.

  • Permanent ABTC card: when all participant economies approve the issuance of the card to the applicant.
  • Provisional ABTC card: issued only some economies have approved the card to the applicant.
  • ABTC card replacement: replacement for the ABTC card can be solicited if this has been stolen, lost or expired.

The ABTC card functions as a multi-visa document to enter the participant’s economies.


What do I need to apply for an ABTC card and on what grounds does it depends the authorization? 

Be a Mexican citizen, accredit at least 2 trips per year to the participant countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), submit your application and accredit the economic activities of the applicant.

Where can I apply for the ABTC card? 

At the INM offices.

To apply for this procedure, you must visit the INM offices in person and submit your request (Instituto Nacional de Migracion).

As it is not a convnetional procedure, we strongly recommend you to schedule your consultation with us today and our team will help you expedite the process and presenta ll the necessary documents in order to be authorized.

How long does it take?

In the best case scenario, with all paperwork filled up correctly and with all requirements met, it can take between 7 to 12 business days.

However, please be advised that in most cases with people that don’t have experience filling up this paperwork, can usually take 13 to 30 days.

HH Consultants strongly advises to consult an immigration specialist to avoid delaying your process.

If you would like for us to help you process your request, please schedule a consultation and our team will provide you with all the details.

How do I start my procedure?

By scheduling an appointment with one of our consultants, please keep in mind that H&H Consultants can always help you, in person or online.

We strongly advise you to consult with an expert before you start any immigration procedure, especially in this procedure, there are many ways for you to save money and improve your migratory history. 

What benefits do I get from the ABTC card?

This card works as a muti-visa, with which you are able to enter to participant countries of the APEC economy.

By this manner you don’t have to go through the visa applications process every time you need to travel to one of this countries and you have special access to fast lanes in different airports.

For how long is this card valid?

The ABTC card is valid for 5 years, which you are able to use as many times as needed.

HH has a wide experience in guiding business people through their immigration process, by making this kind of processes easier for your trip.

Can I apply for my ABTC card from abroad?

If you are citizen of a country that is member of APEC, you have to apply for your card at your home country.

For which you are not allowed to do it from abroad.

How much does it costs?

We know that every foreigner’s migratory situation may vary and that in some cases the migratory procedure can be in different stages.

Which is why the cost may also be different according to each case’s characteristics.

As a consequence, we evaluate every case with an initial interview (40dlls, that will be deducted from the total cost).

With the purpose of obtaining the most information possible, in order to determine if this type of procedure is the correct one.

If it is not the best option, we will let you know what will be the process that we need to follow.

Mexico Immigration Law

Article 83.
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Article 85.