Mexico to begin requiring visas for Venezuelans amid migration surge

Mexico City – Mexico announced Thursday that travel visas will be required for Venezuelans starting January 21, after the number of migrants attempting to cross the U.S. border increased.

When the new rules were released, the Home Office said the decision was based on a ten-fold increase in the number of Venezuelan citizens arriving in Mexico in recent years who wanted to travel “irregularly to a third country,” a clear indication of the United States’ conditions.

Last year, the administration of US President Joe Biden offered temporary legal residence to several hundred thousand Venezuelans who fled their country’s economic and political crisis.

On December 11, Mexico suspended a 17-year-old program that allowed Brazilian citizens to enter without a visa. The move came after Mexico saw an increase in Brazilian migrants traveling to Mexico to reach the United States.

Migrants, mostly from Central America, Haiti and Cuba, often cross Mexico in hopes of reaching the US border. Mexico has largely helped the US government reduce the flow of electricity.

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