In the past few years Colombia has faced a migratory crisis caused by the political and economic situation in Venezuela which has led to thousands of Venezuelans to travel to Colombia to seek better opportunities.

Many of these Venezuelans have not been able to work in Colombia due to their lack of the required immigration permits. As a result, two years ago, Colombia's immigration authority (Migration Colombia) implemented the Special Permanence Permit (PEP for its acronym in Spanish) as a transitioning mechanism for regularizing the immigration situation of Venezuelans and granting temporary job permits. Such permits were granted for a two-year period, which will expire between July and September 2019.

On May 29, 2019, Migration Colombia's Director officially announced that a new resolution will be released to extend the the duration of these permits so holders may renew them for an additional two-year period.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are joining forces to seek additional mechanisms to address this crisis. They are currently working to introduce a new permit aiming to facilitate the formalization of employment of these Venezuelans.