Mexico: Information on whether a parent who does not travel with their child must give consent for the child to leave the country; on the form that this consent takes and on whether the procedure is the same for the children of divorced or separated couples
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 August 1996|
|Citation / Document Symbol||MEX24736.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Mexico: Information on whether a parent who does not travel with their child must give consent for the child to leave the country; on the form that this consent takes and on whether the procedure is the same for the children of divorced or separated couples, 1 August 1996, MEX24736.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac2254.html [accessed 21 April 2015]|
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A representative of the Embassy of the United States of Mexico in Ottawa provided the following information in a 27 August 1996 telephone interview.
If a minor is travelling outside the country unaccompanied, an affidavit must be obtained that states that the child has the permission of both parents to travel alone. The affidavit must be in the possession of the child and be presented with the child's travel documents when the child is travelling.
If a child travels accompanied by a person who is not a parent, an affidavit must be obtained that names the third person and the minor, and states that the child has permission of both parents to travel under the accompaniment of the named third person. The affidavit must be presented with the travel documents of the person accompanying the child.
If one parent remains in Mexico while the other parent and child travel outside the country, the parent who does not travel must give permission in the form of an affidavit for the other parent and child to travel together, save the following exception: if one parent has been awarded full custody of a child, this parent does not need the permission of the other parent in order to travel alone with the child, but must travel with the original custody documents and present the custody documents together with their travel documents.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of the United States of Mexico, Ottawa. 27 August 1996. Telephone interview with representative.