COLOMBIA – MERCOSUR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE VISA (TP-15) NOW AVAILABLE TO NON-MERCOSUR DEPENDENTS


COLOMBIA – MERCOSUR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE VISA (TP-15) NOW AVAILABLE TO NON-MERCOSUR DEPENDENTS

Mercosur is a South American customs union and trading block which includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela as full members; Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as associate members; and Guyana and Suriname as observers. The Mercosur Temporary Residence Visa, also known as the TP-15, was enacted on May 21, 2014 by the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This visa may be issued for up to two (2) years to nationals of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

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COLOMBIA – MERCOSUR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE VISA (TP‐15)  
NOW AVAILABLE TO NON‐MERCOSUR DEPENDENTS  
 
Mercosur is a South American customs union and trading block which includes Argentina, Brazil, 
Paraguay,  Uruguay  and  Venezuela  as  full  members;  Bolivia,  Chile,  Colombia,  Ecuador  and  Peru  as 
associate members; and Guyana and Suriname as observers. The Mercosur Temporary Residence Visa, 
also known as the TP‐15, was enacted on May 21, 2014 by the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
This visa may be issued for up to two (2) years to nationals of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, 
Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. Eligibility for the TP‐15 visa has been suspended for Venezuelan nationals. 
Holders of  the TP‐15 visa may undertake business, educational, or work activities  for any employer  in 
Colombia. The visa may be applied for upon arrival  into Colombia or abroad at a Colombian consulate 
prior to travel.  
  
A  recent amendment  to  the  regulations now allows non‐Mercosur national  spouses, parents, 
and children under 25 years of age to obtain TP‐15 dependent visas. Although the TP‐15 dependent visa 
does not confer work authorization, non‐Mercosur family members may reside in Colombia and engage 
in  educational  activities.  Prior  to  this  amendment,  Mercosur  nationals  were  not  eligible  to  sponsor 
dependent  visas,  and  non‐Mercosur  dependents  were  required  to  qualify  independently  under  a 
separate visa category. 
  
As  a  reminder,  all  foreign  nationals who  obtain  visas  issued  valid  for  greater  than  three  (3) 
months  must  register  with  the  Special  Colombian  Migration  Administrative  Unit  within  fifteen  (15) 
calendar days from their initial entry into the country or from the issuance of the visa, whichever is later. 
  
As  always,  Foster will  continue  to monitor  global  immigration  regulations,  requirements,  and 
procedures and will provide future updates via our firm’s website at www.fosterglobal.com.

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