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What is the change? A resolution has been passed that establishes a temporary procedure for the National Registry to include a note of validity on the birth certificate of children of Venezuelan nationals who do not meet the requirements of domicile.
What does the change mean? The resolution, which is valid for two years, allows children born in Colombia as of Aug. 19, 2015 of Venezuelan parents to obtain a special stamp on their birth certificate that reads “valid to demonstrate nationality.” The procedure will help prove the nationality of children who do not meet domicile requirements in Colombia.
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 entry requirements for Venezuelans with expired passports.
Analysis & Comments: The most recent change creates a temporary procedure for dependent children of Venezuelan nationals who are not Colombian citizens and are not eligible for a dependent residence permit. By issuing a note of validity, authorities can prove the citizenship of the child and register them within the national registry. Venezuelan nationals with affected children will need to obtain the stamp in Colombia as it will not be issued at foreign consulates.
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