What is the change? Bolivia’s General Directorate of Migration has introduced an online portal that allows applicants to perform many immigration procedures electronically. The portal has not gone live yet.

What does the change mean? The portal should ease procedures and allow applicants to request certain appointments with local migration authorities online, thereby avoiding having to appear in person and wait in line for visa and permit requests. However, the applications must still be filed in person.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing. The portal was introduced June 7, but is not yet in operation.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and permits at the General Directorate of Migration.
  • Who is affected: Applicants seeking immigration services at the General Directorate of Migration.
  • Business impact: The online system should improve processing and save time for applicants.
  • Next steps: Authorities are expected to release more information once the portal becomes operational.

BAL Analysis: Once implemented, the switch to online procedures for appointment requests, certifications and other tasks is expected to save foreign applicants time and allow them to pay government filing fees through a mobile app. Further regulations will clarify details on the system.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Bolivia. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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