Global Migration Digest

January 2014 (Vol. 2, No. 2)

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Global Migration Digest Vol. 2 Issue 2 American Immigration Lawyers Association www.aila.org SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 17-18, 2014 u The 2014 AILA Global Migration Forum Learn and network with us on June 17-18 in Boston! Our conference panels will look at economic migration, point out opportunities in economic free zones, and speak to global immigration innovation in the age of compliance. More information coming soon! YOUR GLOBAL MIGRATION SECTION RESOURCES: Webpage Tools & Resources Message Center Newsletter Archive 2013 Forum Recording Section Listserve Colombian Business and Temporary Visas by Luis A. Pinilla, Esq. C olombia has chosen not to request visas for American citizens, Canadian citizens, and most of the citizens of the EU countries who come to Colombia for pleasure. This means that, for the purpose of visiting Colombia, the only document the traveler would have to show when entering Colombia is her passport and a return ticket. If a visa is required, the applicant must apply for the respective kind of visa at the closest Colombian consular post to her country. the kinds of visas was recently reformed and the Decree 834 of April 24th 2013, Resolution 5707 of November 5th 2008, and the Resolution 4700 of November 25th 2009 now regulate it.  Classification Due to recent improvements in economic and security conditions, Colombia has become a place to work for many foreigners, especially in areas related to the energy industry (oil and Gas) and other kind of services. The two categories of business/ temporary visas that are currently available to foreign nationals seeking to work or live in Colombia are: • Business (NE) • Temporary (TP) In Colombia, the law regulating Each of these categories contains various subcategories as explained below. Business (NE) Visas Business visas allow the beneficiary to stay in Colombia for a certain period of time. The beneficiary is not deemed to be domiciled in Colombia and must not be employed with a Colombian entity. These are the most common types of business visas for merchants, entrepreneurs and executives: NE 1: Available to the foreigner who wishes to CONTINUED on pg.2 >> u ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS: Global Corporate Relocation 3 Italy Update 4 India's Labor Market Testing 6 www.aila.org 1

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