At a Glance
The Colombian Ministry of Education has published a resolution that reduces processing times and simplifies requirements for foreign nationals applying for validation of their foreign university degrees. Foreign nationals with validated university degrees or degrees from accredited institutions will also benefit from new exemptions from administrative requirements. Affected applicants should benefit from the elimination of administrative hurdles involved in obtaining documents from universities or institutions, and significantly reduced document gathering and government processing timeframes. The situation
The Colombian Ministry of Education has published a resolution that reduces processing times and simplifies requirements for foreign nationals applying for validation of their foreign university degrees, which many foreign nationals must submit in addition to a visa application.
A closer look
Generally, affected applicants should benefit from the elimination of the administrative hurdles of obtaining documents from universities or institutions, and significantly reduced document gathering timeframes. Additional impacts specific to each application are below:
Type of application and new rule Impact Applications with degrees from accredited institutions.
Foreign nationals with degrees from an institution that has received accreditation or recognition from a public or private entity no longer need to submit a syllabus or academic certificates containing course description, methodology, duration, academic credits per class, etc., in support of their application. They can submit only their apostilled or legalized Bachelor's degree diploma and transcripts instead. It is still uncertain which criteria or documentation the Ministry will use to determine whether an institution is accredited. Reduced processing time. The Ministry of Education will adjudicate accredited institution applications within 60 days from the date of filing. Fewer renewals. Affected foreign nationals will obtain their permanent degree validation license much sooner, instead of having to renew their temporary professional permit multiple times. This will reduce administrative hurdles and costs to employers and foreign nationals. Applications with degrees with administrative precedent.
Foreign nationals with degrees from the same institution and with the same academic program as a degree that has been validated by the Ministry of Education...