After more than 5 months of the suspension from Migración Colombia services, due to the pandemic, the activities of their offices are finally gradually resuming under the guidelines of Resolution 2223.
With the Resolution 2223 of 2020, after September 21, the gradual reactivation of the following services begins:
1. Foreign ID Card (Cédula de Extranjería)
2. Foreigner Registration
3. Certificate of Migratory Movements
5. Extension of Temporary Permits of Permanence
Personal appointments will be scheduled previously through the Migration system https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/agendarsucita. People without appointment WON’T be attended in the immigration office. This following all the biosafety protocols and guarantee the well-being of the entity’s officials and users.
Foreigners will have a timeframe that runs from September 21, 2020, to December 15, 2020, to make a gradual transition, achieve the organized and progressive scheduling of appointments, as well as the completion of the pending procedures with immigration authorities.
Regarding the Temporary Permits of Permanence, the previous term does NOT apply, but they will be ruled by the following guidelines:
• The counting of time in the national territory is resumed for foreigners who have Permit to Enter and Stay (PIP), which are tourism stamps.
• Foreigners with Entry and Permanence Permits whose expiration has occurred during the Health Emergency, will have one (1) month from next October 1 to renew their permit (PTP), process a visa, or voluntarily leave the country without generating any immigration offense.
There will be no immigration fines or sanctions for visa expiration, entry permit, extension, visa registration, and processing of the Cédula de Extranjería which occurred during the mandatory isolation decreed by the National Government. However, those foreigners who do not carry out the immigration processes that are pending within the terms established in this resolution 2223 will incur a cause of immigration violation and will be charged with the respective sanctions.
Here are some examples to help you understand better:
If James entered Colombia with a 90-day tourism permit, and his first 90 days expired during the State of Emergency, what should he do?
James will have one month from October 1, to request the extension of stay (acquire another 90 days of tourism), apply for a Colombian visa type V, M, or R, or leave the country without paying any fine.
Cédula de Extranjería
If Elizabeth got a Colombian visa during quarantine and she currently has her electronic visa, what is the next step to complete her application correctly?
Elizabeth will have from September 21 to December 15, to request an appointment at Migración Colombia to register her electronic visa and request the issuance of her Cédula de Extranjería. Remember that the Cédula de Extranjería is an obligation for all foreigners who have a valid visa for more than 3 months.
What about foreigners who had already requested the tourism extension before the start of the quarantine to complete their 180 days of tourism allowed in Colombia this year?
Unfortunately, Resolution 2223 is ambiguous about foreigners with expired tourist visa extensions during the quarantine. They may be limited to being in Colombia until the end of October, that is, in case they do not get a visa from another category, they must legally leave the country. Besides, we don’t have confirmation yet if foreigners leaving the country can return this year with a tourism stamp. Although this would be normal if they still had tourism days available for this 2020.
However, in case we have different news or changes to this information, we will update this article accordingly and share the news with you.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND! As they are just resuming their services and their digital platform, we recommend to wait for a while until Migración Colombia services are normalized, and they can attend and carry out the procedures correctly.
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