ANNOUNCEMENT 29 Dec 2010In December 2010, the government of Colombia announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Fragomen, Global Client Alert of 21 January 2011: http://www.fragomen.com/newsresources/xprNewsDetailFrag.aspx?xpST=GlobalAlerts&news=1076
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, news item of 19 January 2011: https://www.balglobal.com/News/News/Details/tabid/1136/id/415/language/en-US/COLOMBIA--Certificate-of-Proportionality-Requirement-Eliminated-for-Temporary-Work-Visa-Applications.aspx
Brigard & Urrutia law firm, (see Law 1429 of 29 December 2010): http://www.internationalexperts.com/index.php/research/item/immigrating-to-colombia
Colombian-Chilean Trade Chamber, news item of 31 January 2011 (in Spanish): http://www.colombochilena.com/noticias/el-certificado-de-proporcionalidad-y-variacion-fueron-eliminados/
On 29 December 2010, the government released Law 1429 simplifying the visa application process. According to the law firm Fragomen, foreign nationals applying for Colombian temporary worker visas (TWV) are no longer required to submit a Certificate of Proportionality with their applications.
Certificates of Proportionality are attestations issued by the Ministry of Labor that confirm at least 80% of the potential employer's workforce conists of Colombian nationals. Obtaining a Certificate of Proportionality was one of the more time-consuming parts of the TWV application process, historically taking up to 15 days to process, though recent efforts by the Ministry had reduced the time to approximately 5 days.
The measure took effect with its publication in the Official Gazette of 29 December 2010.