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COLOMBIA – Venezuelans Can Apply for a Mercosur Visa

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombia has announced that Venezuelan nationals can apply for a Mercosur Visa. Recently, this privilege was also extended to citizens of Paraguay and Uruguay.

What is the Mercosur Visa?

The Mercosur Immigration Agreement enables foreign nationals from signatories with a reciprocal arrangement (Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay and now Venezuela) to obtain a temporary residence visa in Colombia for a period of two years with work and/or study permission during their stay.

The visa can be obtained post-arrival or in Colombian consulates abroad. It is not tied to a particular employer, and the holder may be employed locally, on short-term transfer from an employer abroad or self-employed.

Action Items

  • Note that Venezuelan nationals may now apply for a Mercosur Visa in Colombia.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Godoy Cordoba Abogados and Brigard & Urrutia Abogados.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.