VENEZUELA: New Police Clearance and Power of Attorney Requirements

September 9, 2019

Police Clearance Certificate

Effective immediately, the Autonomous Identification and Foreigners Service (SAIME) now requires TR-L work visa authorisation applicants to submit a police clearance certificate (PCC) from their country of residence.

A PCC was already sometimes required for the subsequent consular TR-L visa application, depending on the consulate of application.

The police clearance certificate must have been issued no more than three months before the date of application and must be apostilled and subsequently translated into Spanish. 

Power of Attorney

The Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs now requires Powers of Attorney provided by applicants abroad, authorising third-party representatives in Venezuela to obtain legalization or apostille of documents on their behalf, to be authenticated by a Venezuelan consulate and then apostilled.

Previously, a power of attorney could be authenticated before any public notary abroad.

Our Advice

Companies and their foreign national employees who may be affected by these changes are encouraged to contact their Newland Chase immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

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