Migración Colombia recently issued the Resolution 3167 of 2019, which establishes important changes with respect to the types of single-entry permits to enter and remain temporarily in Colombia. The changes take effect on December 1, 2019. In this blog, I will discuss some of the main modifications that this Resolution establishes. Read our recent alert on this topic.
Redefining single entry permits in Colombia
Single entry permits are now classified into three different categories and will continue to be applicable for those unrestricted or restricted nationalities that have some type of exception. It is important to remember that these permits are granted exclusively to those foreign nationals who do not have the intention of permanently staying in Colombia and who will engage in non-profit activities; otherwise, the applicable visa type to the case must be processed.
Thus, Migración Colombia regrouped the old PIPs into three broad categories: (i) Tourism Permit (PT); (ii) Integration and Development Permit (PID); and (iii) Permission for Other Activities (POA). The allowed period of permanence will depend on each permit and activities to be carried out by the foreign national; however, the stay of the foreigner in the country may not exceed 180 calendar days per calendar year.
Tourism Permit (PT): It is the new tourism permit that allows foreign nationals to engage in activities such as medical treatments and attendance at cultural, scientific, sports, conventions or business events. Integration and Development Permit (PID): will be available to those foreign nationals who qualify under the international treaties and agreements signed by Colombia. Additionally, it will be granted to students who intend to attend non-formal academic programs or student practices, or to those who may qualify under an academic exchange agreement, or to those who will be trained in an art or trade. However, the duration of the course must be less than 180 days. Permit for Other Activities (POA): will be granted to those foreign nationals who urgently need to enter the country to provide specialized technical assistance that cannot be obtained in the country, or to perform artistic presentations on tours or mass events, among others. It is essential to mention that Migración Colombia expressly states that, at random, the immigration authority may request the presentation of physical or digital support documents or media that demonstrate or accredit the...