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What is the change? Colombia has created the Supplementary Special Permanent Program (PECP) for Venezuelan nationals.
What does the change mean? Venezuelan nationals who have requested recognition of refugee status in Colombia between August 19, 2015, and December 31, 2018, are eligible for the 90-day work and residence permit. The PECP is extendable for equal 90-day periods, without exceeding the term of two years.
To be eligible for the PECP, applicants must meet the following qualifications:
Otherwise, individuals that have been denied asylum between Aug. 19, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2018 are not eligible for the PECP.
Background: The Venezuelan crisis has led many governments to adjust their immigration regimes to account for the influx of Venezuelan migrants entering their countries. Colombia, in particular, has allowed Venezuelan nationals to obtain special stay permits and has eased the validation process for higher education degrees from Venezuela. The most recent change allows Venezuelans who have applied, but have not been granted refugee status, to apply for a 90-day work and residence permit.
Analysis & Comments: The change is good news for Venezuelan nationals who entered Colombia between Aug. 2015 and Dec. 2018 and have not been granted, refugee status. While the application period is officially open from now until Sept.5, the application form is not yet available, and the application period may be extended to account for this delay.
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