IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Colombia has published a new immigration law that overhauls visa categories and establishes new qualifying criteria.
What does the change mean? The law creates three main visa categories – Visitor (V), Migrant (M) and Resident (R) – and contains important changes to required proofs or documentation that employers should begin to prepare for.
Migrant Work Visas
BAL Analysis: Employers should work with their BAL professional to prepare for the change in visa categories for new recruits and for those renewing their visas and permits after October. BAL is seeking clarification from authorities on a few commonly used visa subcategories, in particular whether the visitor visa category will cover technical assistance work (currently the TP-13 visa) and whether individuals may continue to rely on visitor visas when performing temporary services without a local contract (or whether the law will require an employment contract with a Colombian employer). BAL will report additional details and clarifications on the new law as they become available.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Colombia. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
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