PANAMA – Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit

Effective 24 April 2019, the Ministry of Labour has introduced some changes to the work permit for nationals of so-called ‘friendly nations’ (paises amigos).

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PANAMA – Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit

This alert was prepared with information provided by Morgan & Morgan.

COSTA RICA – Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules

Effective 5 May 2019, certain applicants for permanent residence may no longer use the “Special Windows for Accredited Companies”, but must instead submit their application via the “Regular Windows”.

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COSTA RICA – Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules

This news alert was prepared using information provided by ARA LAW Attorneys.

COLOMBIA – Venezuelan Nationals Can Enter with Expired Passports

Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allow entry, transit and departure of Venezuelan nationals holding expired or soon-to-expire passports.

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This alert was prepared with information provided by Brigard Urrutia.

ARGENTINA – Ten-Year Police Clearance Certificates Now Required for Immigration Applications

Effective 6 March 2019, the immigration authorities have published a new regulation requiring police clearance certificates submitted in support of immigration applications to include the applicant’s criminal record for the ten years prior to the certificate’s issuance.

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ARGENTINA – Ten-Year Police Clearance Certificates Now Required for Immigration Applications

This alert was prepared with information provided by Labs Relocation Services, CSM and Newland Chase.

COLOMBIA – Mercosur Visa Suspended for Chilean Nationals

Effective immediately, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will no longer grant migrant visas to Chilean nationals on the basis of the Mercosur Agreement. This is understood to be a reciprocal measure, as Chile does not allow Colombian nationals to obtain residence on the basis of the Mercosur Agreement.

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Tannus & Asociados and Brigard Urrutia.

COLOMBIA – New Labour Ministry Registration Required for all Foreign Workers [UPDATED]

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).

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This news alert was prepared using information provided by Tannus & Asociados and Brigard Urrutia.