‘Migración Colombia’ (Colombia’s Migratory office) reported that during the first month of phase two of the Temporary Protection Statute, more than 230,000 Venezuelan migrants have successfully completed their Biometric Registry.
The Director General of Migration Colombia, Juan Francisco Espinosa, stressed that despite the fact that some ‘Puntos Visibles’ that had been defined had to be transferred to other locations considering security, connectivity and user-friendliness issues. The process continues to advance accordingly as planned.
“The average attention has been quite good, mainly in cities such as Bogotá, Barranquilla, Medellín and Cali, which makes us think that the goal of having more than 800 thousand Venezuelan migrants identified by the end of this year will be possible,” said Mr. Espinosa Palacios.
Likewise, the head of the immigration authority highlighted that the Biometric Registry is carried out in approximately 5 minutes. This has allowed an efficient process to be carried out in the attention of Venezuelan citizens that has benefited more than 13% of the Venezuelan migrants between the first and second phase who are now in Colombia.
The Director recalled that after the Biometric process, the Colombian immigration authority has 90 days to study the request made by the foreign citizen, validate background information in different databases and then decide whether or not to grant it.
The Temporary Protection Permit is a plastic identification document that will allow Venezuelan migrants to identify themselves within Colombian territory and remain legally in Colombia for a period of 10 years.
For the Biometric Registry, only those who arrive with a prior appointment, managed on the web through the site https://www.migracioncolombia.gov.co/visibles, will be attended.