Colombia changes degree validation process

The degree validation process for foreign nationals holding a bachelor’s degree and looking to work in Colombia is set to become more complicated. 

Colombia changes degree validation process

The following changes will affect individuals who require their degree to be validated in order to work in Colombia:

  • Changes to the process steps: as of October 24, 2017, the Ministry of Education will conduct an initial review of the validation request and provide a statement within 30 days of receiving the degree validation documentation, to confirm the requirements have been met. This step replaces the previous process of obtaining a degree validation receipt, which took five  to eight working days.
  • Changes to document requirements: an apostilled academic certificate, translated into Spanish, will now be required. The certificate must be issued by a university and include specific information.
  • Changes to overall processing time: the processing time for the final degree validation resolution will be two to four months (previously this took eight to 12 months). 

Key Considerations

Individuals looking to work in Colombia should submit their request and documentation for the degree validation well in advance of their anticipated start date. Only as of October 24, 2017 will individuals be able to make use of the online system to validate their degree.

Source: This update was prepared using information from the Ministry of National Education, Colombia

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Roberta Carnaccini, Global Immigration Operations Director.