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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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

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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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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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VENEZUELA – Embassy in Argentina Can Now Apostille Venezuelan Criminal Records Certificates

Effective immediately, the Venezuelan embassy in Argentina is now authorised to stamp an apostille seal on Venezuelan criminal records certificates.

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VENEZUELA – Embassy in Argentina Can Now Apostille Venezuelan Criminal Records Certificates

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MEXICO – Delays at Immigration Offices

As the new federal administration takes office in Mexico, major staff changes are taking place within the offices of the National Immigration institute (INM) around the country, affecting the processing times of submitted applications.

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MEXICO – Delays at Immigration Offices

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COLOMBIA – Longer Processing Times as All In-Country Visa Applications Must be Submitted Online

Effective 28 January 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that all in-country visa procedures must now be completed online. In-person visa applications at the Ministry will no longer be accepted.

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