Mexican visa law still hampering Liga MX clubs

A tweak to Mexican laws on work visas has caused clubs to struggle to get their new players registered correctly during the winter.
A recently tweaked Mexican law that requires foreigners to obtain a work visa before arriving in country continues to wreak havoc on Liga MX teams who signed foreign players over the winter.

As of Monday, only five of 20 new Liga MX international signings had been cleared to play the Clausura 2013.

Among those still in limbo is blockbuster Cruz Azul signing Teofilo Gutierrez, who arrived from Colombia without having performed the proper paperwork.

The law, changed in Nov. 2012, requires foreign players to obtain their work visa outside Mexican territory. Several clubs apparently overlooked the change, though the Liga MX allowed four players to participate in the first round of games earlier this months without the proper visa.

Among those to play without the adequate paperwork were Colombian Jherson Cordoba of San Luis and Argentine Nicolas Larrivey of Atlante, as well as two of Queretaro’s new signings.

The FMF then ruled all foreign players without visas ineligible for the second round of games over the weekend, sending teams such as Atlas, Cruz Azul, Queretaro and Santos into a scramble to send the players abroad to acquire the visas.

With the procedure now clarified, all teams are expected to have their foreigners properly registered for the upcoming weekend’s round of games.

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