COLOMBIA: Remote Workers Must Apply for a Visa

Dec 21, 2019 | Global

In Colombia, the immigration law establishes that foreign individuals who work remotely and enter into a local agreement must apply for a visa, regardless of whether they enter Colombia physically.

Likewise and according to Decree 1067 of 2015, any natural or legal person who joins, employs, or admits a foreign individual through any modality, especially a labor, cooperative, or civil relationship that generates a profit, must demand a visa that allows the activity, occupation, or trade declared in the visa application.

Moreover, all foreigners who provide any type of service through local contracts must be registered in the platforms of Migration Colombia (SIRE) and the Ministry of Labor (RUTEC) to comply fully with the current immigration regulations. Additionally, they need to register their visas and issue the foreigners an ID card, which are processed in Colombia.

Our Advice

Employers who are considering sending employees to Colombia are encouraged to contact a Wolfsdorf Rosenthal immigration attorney or email the WR Global Immigration team at for case specific advice.

This article is provided by Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). ABIL is an alliance of select, influential global law firms who have been chosen to join forces in advancing best practices and stellar outcomes for their immigration clients. WR Immigration is a founding member of ABIL.

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