Immigration LawVisaCreation of a New Complementary Special Permit for Venezuelan Nationals

By: Rodrigo Tannus Serrano

On July 3, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs created a new alternative for Venezuelan nationals, the Complementary Special Permit (PECP).


New Complementary Special Permit

Resolution 3548 of 2019 has created a new permit that will allow Venezuelan nationals to remain in the national territory for ninety (90) calendar days that may be renewed for equal periods, but without exceeding a term of two (2) years.

The PECP shall be issued by the Colombian Migration Special Administrative Unit, with the power of discretion and authority, with prior authorization from the Advisory Commission for the Determination of Refugee Status (CONARE) with the condition of having requested recognition of refugee status between August 19, 2015 and December 31, 2018 and comply with the other provisions in force for the issuance of this permit.


Labor and Migration Perspective

The Resolution states that all Venezuelan nationals carrying PECP may carry out any type of lawful activity in the country. Likewise, any natural or juridical person who wishes to hire foreign nationals holders of this permit, must make the corresponding notifications to the migratory authority through the SIRE platform.

As we can see, Colombia continues with the initiative to keep generating migratory benefits for this population, generating flexible measures in order to facilitate and regularize the entry of Venezuelan nationals.

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