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).
The PEP may be granted only to Venezuelan nationals who meet the following conditions, established in Resolution 5797 of 2017:
- Having entered the national territory with a regular immigration status and through an authorised immigration border checkpoint;
- Not having national or international criminal records;
- Not having a current deportation or expulsion order.The PEP will not be granted to Venezuelans who entered Colombia with a border mobility card (a system of registration introduced in 2017 with the aim of regularising heightened border traffic); nor to those who have been issued special residence permit (PEP) prior to this extension; nor those who hold the special permit for permanence issued by reason of the Administrative Registry of Venezuelan Migrants (PEP-RAMV).
- The PEP will be granted for a period of ninety calendar days, and it may be renewed automatically without submitting a request, for ninety days at a time, without exceeding a maximum of two years. After this period, PEP holders must obtain a visa.
- Extension of the PEP may be denied, at the discretion of the immigration authority, if for example there is improper use of the permit, if there has been an infraction of the legal system, or if the foreigner exits Colombia and stays abroad for a term longer than ninety calendar days.
- Current PEP holders cannot request a new PEP.
- The PEP does not replace the passport as a travel document. It must be presented (if required) to the Colombian authorities along with the passport or the national identity document and it will be used as an identification document for Venezuelan nationals in Colombia.
- Individuals or companies that hire or receive a PEP holder are required to file reports about the foreigner's activities in Colombia to the immigration authority through the SIRE system.
- Applicants may apply online at migracioncolombia.gov.co.
Employers of Venezuelan nationals in Colombia should ensure that the employees are authorised to work with either a work visa, a PIP-7 entry and stay permit, or a PEP Special Stay permit.
Employers of Venezuelan nationals in Colombia should consult with their Newland Chase immigration specialist to ensure immigration compliance.
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