In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive explanation of the implications and requirements for individuals who obtained their resident visa to stay in Colombia before the new rule came into force. Whether you are directly affected or simply curious about immigration regulations, this information will prove valuable. Let’s dive in!
Maintaining visa validity:
One of the key points to note is that if you currently hold a Resident Visa issued before the implementation of the new resolution (Res 5477, 2022), there is good news for you. Your visa will continue to remain valid without any immediate expiration or cancellation. This ensures that you can continue enjoying the benefits and privileges associated with your current visa status.
Accumulation of time for Residency for Migrant visa:
For those who had visas allowing the accumulation of time for residency under the previous regulations, there is a provision under the new norm. The time accumulated under your previous visa will now count towards the calculation of time under the new regulation. However, it is important to fulfill a specific requirement. At the time of applying for a Resident Visa, you must have accumulated a minimum of two years of effective presence in the national territory under your previous visa(s). This provision aims to facilitate a smooth transition to the new regulations.
Transferring Permanent Resident Visas:
Please note an important requirement if you currently possess a valid Permanent Resident (R) visa that was issued under the previous regulations. You must initiate the process of transferring your visa within two (2) years from the date of this resolution’s entry into force, before October 21, 2024. We recommend performing this procedure at least 60 days prior to the due date. This ensures compliance with the updated regulations and facilitates the simplification of the visa process. It is recommended to initiate the transfer process within the specified timeframe to avoid potential complications.Seeking guidance and assistance:
We understand that navigating immigration regulations can be complex and daunting. If you have any questions or require further assistance regarding the updated transitional regime, we encourage you to reach out to our firm. We will be able to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information to address your concerns.
As the landscape of immigration regulations evolves, it is essential to remain informed and comprehend how these changes may affect you. Recent modifications to the transitional regime for holders of Visas aim to provide clarity and facilitate a seamless transition to the new regulations. Remember, if you obtained your Resident visa before the new rule went into effect, it will remain valid, but you must complete the visa transfer procedure by October 21, 2024.
We hope this blog post has shed light on the important aspects of the transitional regime for Resident Visa holders. By staying informed and taking the necessary steps, you can ensure a seamless transition and continue to enjoy the privileges and opportunities that come with your visa status in Colombia.
Thank you for reading, and should you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to reach out. Stay tuned for more informative updates!