Friday, September 29, 2023

The abolition of the visa requirement would be close

Obtaining an American visa is the dream of many Colombians who want to enter this territory, whether in search of a new job, educational opportunities or simply for tourism.

However, for many it is a lengthy process, since it is no secret to anyone that the diplomatic mission of this country is strict in selecting citizens who will receive a permit.

Will they abolish an American visa for Colombia?

The aim is for the country to have a program similar to Chile’s that allows its citizens to travel to the United States without this document, provided they are admitted in the electronic travel authorization system.

The Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Luis Gilberto Murillo, has been appointed to this task and has been holding various discussions with immigration officials and various representatives for several months to advance this process.

The diplomat held a meeting this Thursday with five senior officials: Julie Stufft, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Services; Adam Hunter, deputy assistant secretary for immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security; David Chloe, deputy assistant secretary for the Western Hemisphere at the Department of Homeland Security; Holly Holzer, Senior Coordinator for Immigration Affairs and Wendy Ryde, Consul General of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota.

This meeting is a starting point for starting discussions on visa waiver. In fact, Murillo emphasized that after four years the phase of consular relations between the two countries has been resumed.

Specifically, issues such as legal options for migration through mechanisms such as non-immigrant visas, access to inaccessible categories of temporary visas, in addition to validating titles of Colombians in the United States, cooperation to support compatriots were discussed. and the family reunification program recently opened by this nation.

“During this meeting, issues of mutual interest were addressed, particularly migration issues from a different perspective to enable human migration and safe and supportive mobility,” the official commented on X.

What is currently needed to obtain an American visa in Colombia?

Remember that you will definitely need a Colombian passport to apply in Colombia. Without this it is impossible to move the process forward.

Then you must take into account that the consular officer will analyze your profile and in particular the risk to that country that you are there illegally. So the more rooted you are in your country of origin, the calmer the US government will be.

Rootedness can be seen in how much property you own in Colombia, what you do on the land, what you do for a living, and even which family members you live with in your home. This will tell them how likely you are to give up your life to move to a new place.

Remember that you must bring all possible documents to the interview because although they are not mandatory, the consular officer may ask you to verify the information.

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