A quota for skilled and unskilled local workers took effect on June 13 for projects in the oil, mining and infrastructure sectors in the municipality of Barrancabermeja. This area is home to the largest oil refinery in the country. The quota has been implemented in response to an increase in immigration, and unemployment in Barrancabermeja, to protect the local workforce.

What is the quota?

  • Decree 173 is directed at public or private companies that develop projects in the oil industry, or mining and infrastructure projects with high social and economic impact. These companies must ensure that 100 percent of the non-skilled workforce are local, and at least 80 percent of the skilled workforce are local
  • These percentages do not include strategic positions, special projects, management positions in specialized markets, and industries or positions that, due to their nature, should not be published according to the regulations in the public employment system
  • Oil and mining are decreed to be activities of social and economic impact by nature, whereas infrastructure projects require the continuous and permanent hiring of an outstanding number of employees to qualify as being “of social and economic impact”
  • For employment in these sectors, workers must provide a “certificate of territoriality,” to prove their local residence

This summary was prepared using information obtained from Peregrine Immigration Management.

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 our Regional Immigration Manager, AMER, Fabiana Reyes: freyes@crownww.com.