COLOMBIA | Colombian government adopts exceptional measure to mitigate the risk of having stateless children
Colombia and Venezuela have broken their diplomatic relationship many times during the last decade, and since February 2019, the Venezuelan consulates in Colombia have been closed. The latter has caused many children whose parents are Venezuelan citizens not domiciled in Colombia (i.e., not holding a migrant or resident visa), lack of a civil registry.
In August 2019, the Colombian government adopted an exceptional measure to regulate the immigration situation of children born in Colombia from 19 August 2015 who lack civil registration in Venezuela.
In this regard, the Colombian government will grant Colombian citizenship to children born in Colombia between 19 August 2015 and 19 August 2021, as long as during such period the child's parents do not hold a migrant or resident visa and demonstrate that they only hold Venezuelan citizenship.
This measure will open a new window for Venezuelan citizens under irregular permanence to become resident visa holders for being parents of a Colombian citizen. With the resident visa, these Venezuelan citizens will obtain a broad work permit in Colombia and may eventually become Colombian citizens as well.