The four full members of the Andean Community (CAN) have approved the Andean Migratory Statute, and it is intended to take effect on Aug. 13. The statute will provide reciprocal immigration benefits for Andean citizens, including temporary and permanent residency between the CAN member countries.

Key Points:

  • This new statute will facilitate free movement and residence pathways for Andean citizens through temporary and permanent residence pathways for CAN member countries.
  • The Andean Temporary Residency will authorize Andean citizens to stay for up to two years in the territory of a member country.
  • After holding the Andean Temporary Residency for two years, Andean citizens can apply for the Andean Permanent Residence which will authorize them to stay indefinitely in the territory of another CAN member country.
  • Andean citizens will have the right to work and perform any legal activity as nationals of the receiving countries as guided by the legal regulations of each country.
  • Andean citizens may enter any other member country as tourists by presenting their valid national identification documents.
  • Applications for these permits will be managed by the consular office of the destination country or by the appropriate immigration authority if the applicant is already located in the destination country.
  • According to the CAN Secretary General, Jorge Pedraza, the agreement is expected to take effect on Aug. 13.

Additional Information: The Andean Migratory Statute will be implemented under Resolution 2197, presented during the XXVI Ordinary Meeting of the Andean Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs with the participation of the Secretary General of the Andean Community and the Ministers of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Vice Minister of Bolivia.

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