Immigrating from Mexico to The United States

Learn the various pathways of immigration to The United States, including family-sponsorship and employment.

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Interested in Immigrating to the US from Mexico?

Mexicans immigrating to the United States may choose to do so for a variety of reasons, including economic opportunity and the prospect of being closer to family already in the US. Although immigration to the US from Mexico has declined in recent years, the majority of Mexican immigrants still choose to settle in the United States and, as of 2015, make up 26.9 percent of the US immigrant population with 11,643,000 individuals.
 
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Mexican Community in the US

The largest number of Mexican emigrants haveinsettled in California, Texas, and Illinois, these areas having significant Mexican communities. Because of their proximity, Mexico and the United States have shared a long history of immigration. Thus, Mexican culture and the Spanish language have had a great impact in the US, and can be seen in various communities. These cultural and linguistic influences along with Mexican American communities already in the US provide a community network for incoming immigrants.

Immigration Process

To become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, one must obtain a Green Card . Most immigrants will do so through employment , through family sponsorship , or by being an immediate relative of a US citizen, the latter being most common among Mexican immigrants.

Useful Resources for Mexican Immigrants in the US
  • The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting Latino participation in the American political and socio-economic sphere, promoting social change, and providing better educational opportunities. http://maldef.org/
  • The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI) is a non-profit organization aiming to develop “the next generation of Hispanic leaders” in the US, offering educational and leadership development programs to foster an educated and civically active Hispanic community.
  • Unidos US is a nonpartisan organization that works to create opportunities for Latinos, serving in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights, immigration, economic opportunity, education, health, and housing.
  • The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is an organization with the mission of “foster[ing] Hispanic economic development and creat[ing] sustainable prosperity for the benefit of the American society.” It works to promote the economic growth of Hispanic-owned businesses that contribute to the American economy.
  • “21 Latino Organizations You Need to Know” provides a list of organizations serving the entire Hispanic community in the United States, including some of those listed above.
  • The US Embassy and Consulates in Mexico provides information on the immigration process, how to apply for a visa, as well as determining which visa is best for individual cases.