COLOMBIA: Changes to Degree Validation Process

November 12, 2019

The Ministry of National Education has issued a Resolution establishing or modifying the requirements and processing times of degree validation processes.

Among the changes, the Resolution introduces an online procedure for the legalization of Colombian documents required for work or studies abroad.

For the validation of law and accounting degrees obtained abroad, a certificate must be presented as evidence of the study of subjects of Colombian law. Similarly, for education and health science degrees, a certificate of professional practice must be presented in support of the validation process.

Once the application’s viability has been confirmed (up to 30 days) the formal verification process may begin.  Starting from the working day following fee payment, this may take up to 60 calendar days for the accreditation or recognition process; up to 120 days for the “administrative precedent” process; and up to 180 days for academic evaluation.


Foreign nationals intending to work in Colombia, and their employers, will need to take into account the new degree validation requirements and processing times.

Our Advice

Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact their Newland Chase immigration consultant for case-specific advice.

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