By Catalina Santos, Diana Monsalve, Firm: Brigard & Urrutia

Colombia has introduced new rules governing how the children of Venezuelan nationals born in Colombia can acquire Colombian nationality.

Law 1997 of 2019, the Congress modified the rules for acquiring Colombian nationality by birth set by Law 43 of 1993. Previously, the children of foreign parents born in Colombia could be registered as Colombians if, at the time of birth, their parents were domiciled in Colombia. Domicile is assessed based on residence accompanied by an intention of permanence.

Under Law 1997 of 2019, the domicile of Venezuelan people with either regular or irregular immigration status, or asylum seekers whose children were born in Colombia between 1 January 2015 and two years after the promulgation of this law will be presumed to be Colombia.