May 27, 2021

Reciprocal Immigration Agreement – Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru (members of the Andean Community – Comunidad Andina, or CAN) have come to a regional agreement on an Andean Immigration Statute, offering reciprocal immigration benefits to their nationals, permanent residents, and their families. This will also impact eligible foreign nationals who could benefit from new nationality-based temporary and permanent residence categories in the member countries.

What will change?

With a planned effective date of August 13, 2021, the new Andean Immigration Statute is designed to offer greater regional integration within the member countries of CAN. Prior to that date, each country will be required to create and publish their new immigration regulations to implement the statute, which could vary between member countries.

The statute includes the following:

  • A new Andean Temporary Residence category – which will permit nationals and permanent residents of the member countries to live and work in another member country for up to two years without company sponsorship.
  • A new Andean Permanent Residence category – which will permit foreign nationals to apply for an Andean Permanent Residence Permit after having held a temporary residence permit for two years. This route will open permanent residence options in other Andean countries.
  • A special processing desk in each member country for Andean community nationals and their family members, which must be implemented within the next three years.
  • Free movement between member countries as tourists for Andean community nationals using their national identification documents.

For further information on the new reciprocal Andean community immigration statute, please contact contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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