Red tape for ESL teachers in Mexico
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Mexico is a great destination for ESL teaching: it has beautiful beaches, wonderful cuisine, and lots of cultural activities and festivals.
Mexico also has a rich ancient history ‘bequeathed’ to it by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Here is a brief guide about how to deal with red-tape if you are applying to teach in Mexico.
ESL teachers would normally apply for the “Visitor Authorized to Conduct Lucrative Activities Visa” (VACLA), which is valid for 180 days and can be extended for up to five years: once you have obtained an ESL post, you will be able to teach for a continuous period of 180 days and then renew it for a further 180 days. Succinctly, a VACLA visa will allow you to work for up to 180 days for a Mexican ESL school, but approval will be required from the Instituto Nacional de Migración (Inicio), and the VACLA visa must be obtained prior to entering Mexico. ESL teachers should not travel to Mexico hoping to get a VACLA visa: the application has to be done at the Mexican embassy or consulate in your country; it is no longer possible to apply for a visa in Mexico: visit http://mexico.embassyhomepage.com/ (Incidentally, this is not the easiest of sites to navigate).
When applying for your visa, you will also be required to prove that you have $1,000 Mexican dollars in your bank account. You should also contact the embassy before applying so as to ensure that you have all the necessary documents. However, before you rush to apply for a visa – first make sure that you have secured a job. Once your ESL school has made you a job offer, you should submit a copy of their letter of confirmation of employment along with a “proof of registry” document: this is a confirmation that the school has the legal right to hire foreign nationals.
Here is a list of some of the additional documents (make several photocopies of all documents) that you will require for the VACLA visa application process: 1. A passport 2. Passport size photographs (taken by a professional photographer) 3. A letter from your bank (bearing the bank’s letterhead) that states there is at least $1,000 Mexican dollars in your account 4. Bank statements covering the last six months’ transactions 5. A completed visa application form 6. Visa application fee – which must be in cash 7. Birth certificate 8. TEFL qualification(s) WARNING Over the past two years, Mexico has introduced new immigration rules, and visas procedures; thus, you should ignore information on websites dated before November 2012. As this article is only a brief guide – keep up to date by checking with the Mexican embassy in your country.
ESL teachers would normally apply for the “Visitor Authorized to Conduct Lucrative Activities Visa” (VACLA), which is valid for 180 days and can be extended for up to five years: once you have obtained an ESL post, you will be able to teach for a continuous period of 180 days and then renew it for a further 180 days. Succinctly, a VACLA visa will allow you to work for up to 180 days for a Mexican ESL school, but approval will be required from the Instituto Nacional de Migración (Inicio), and the VACLA visa must be obtained prior to entering Mexico. ESL teachers should not travel to Mexico hoping to get a VACLA visa: the application has to be done at the Mexican embassy or consulate in your country; it is no longer possible to apply for a visa in Mexico: visit http://mexico.embassyhomepage.com/ (Incidentally, this is not the easiest of sites to navigate). When applying for your visa, you will also be required to prove that you have $1,000 Mexican dollars in your bank account. You should also contact the embassy before applying so as to ensure that you have all the necessary documents. However, before you rush to apply for a visa – first make sure that you have secured a job.
Once your ESL school has made you a job offer, you should submit a copy of their letter of confirmation of employment along with a “proof of registry” document: this is a confirmation that the school has the legal right to hire foreign nationals. Here is a list of some of the additional documents (make several photocopies of all documents) that you will require for the VACLA visa application process: 1. A passport 2. Passport size photographs (taken by a professional photographer) 3. A letter from your bank (bearing the bank’s letterhead) that states there is at least $1,000 Mexican dollars in your account 4. Bank statements covering the last six months’ transactions 5. A completed visa application form 6. Visa application fee – which must be in cash 7. Birth certificate 8. TEFL qualification(s)
WARNING Over the past two years, Mexico has introduced new immigration rules, and visas procedures; thus, you should ignore information on websites dated before November 2012. As this article is only a brief guide – keep up to date by checking with the Mexican embassy in your country.
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- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.