On 11 March 2019, new legislative instruments, listing the skilled occupations that are relevant if applying for a number of skilled visas, came into effect.
On 9 October 2018, the Ministry of Labour issued Resolution 4388, creating and implementing the Single Registry of Foreign Workers in Colombia (“RUTEC”). The Ministry aims to use the registry to collect and control information about foreign workers, allowing it to monitor their current status and avoid abusive and illegal contracting practices.
[UPDATE] The Ministry has confirmed that the 120 days, within which companies must register their foreign national employees hired by 9 October 2018, should be counted from the date Resolution 4388 was published in the official journal (8 November 2018).
A new deadline has been established for Venezuelan nationals to obtain a Special Stay Permit (PEP) allowing them to stay and work in Colombia for up to two years.
Venezuelan nationals who entered Colombia by 17 December 2018 can now apply for a PEP within four months of 18 December 2018 (by April 2019).
Effective 13 December 2018, enhanced integrity regulations have come into effect, allowing the immigration department to publicly list companies which have failed to satisfy a sponsorship obligation.
Effective 16 May 2018, Resolution 1238 establishes stricter criteria for compliance with immigration obligations, and bigger penalties for non-compliance.
The Population and Immigration Authority of the Ministry of Interior has formally announced that, within the coming weeks, they will be conducting unannounced and extensive enforcement inspections at companies employing foreign workers and refugees.
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The National Institute of Migration (INM) has recently increased the number of immigration verification visits.