Government announced opportunities for Colombians who returned to the country after living abroad for three years

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Registering in the Single Return Registry (RUR) is the first step for those Colombians who return from abroad and wish to take advantage of the benefits and incentives that they provide the Return Law and the Comprehensive Migration Policy

Government gave I was introduced to opportunities for Colombians who returned to the country after living abroad for three years

Dozens of Colombians return to the country every day after living great experiences abroad. REUTERS/Luisa González

Are you a Colombian who returned to the country after living abroad for at least three years? This interests you, since the Colombian State has benefits and incentives for you, through the Return Law (Law 1565 of 2012) and the Comprehensive Migration Policy (Law 2136 of 2021). You just need to meet some requirements and register in the Unique Registry of Returnees (RUR).

With the purpose of helping you in your stabilization in Colombia, once you have returned from abroad, the Law contemplates some opportunities that you can access for free.

Among the benefits is not paying taxes for the transfer of household items and professional instruments (up to certain amounts), not paying fines for the processing of the military ID, monetization of resources and receiving guidance on the programs and services that Colombian entities launched with the purpose of supporting him in the return.

“To access these benefits and incentives, you must meet several requirements, including being Colombian of legal age, proving that you have been abroad for at least three years, not having current convictions abroad or in Colombia, not having been sentenced for crimes against the public administration and register in the Unique Registry of Returnees (RUR). The latter is a digital form through which you request to be a beneficiary of the law and allows you to receive a certificate that accredits you as a returnee, which is valid for two years,” reported the Directorate of Immigration, Consular and Citizen Service of the Foreign Ministry.

To fill out the form, you must go to www.colombianosune.com, then enter all the information requested and attach the documents that prove your stay abroad.

If you need personalized guidance, you can go to a Referencing Center and Opportunity for Return (Crore), which are located in fourteen departments of the country: Antioquia, Atlántico, Arauca, Bolívar, Cesar, Cundinamarca, La Guajira, Magdalena, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Santander, Quindío, Valle del Cauca and Vichada.

<b>About the #[email protected] campaign</b>

The Government launched the campaign “#[email protected], which seeks to encourage the RUR and inform about the benefits and incentives granted by law to the returned population .

The strategy is led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Directorate of Immigration, Consular Affairs and Citizen Services and its Internal Group of Trabajo Colombia Nos Une, in partnership with the IOM Fund for Development, applied by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Colombia.

With the purpose of providing clear and complete information on the benefits and incentives granted by law to Colombians returned from abroad and how to access them, the page www.colombianosune.com/soyretornado was created where users can find video tutorials, audios, infographics and other multimedia resources that make it easier their return and stabilization process.

“Currently, a total of 47,000 Colombians are registered in the Single Registry of Returnees (RUR). /b>. With #[email protected] we seek to reach both Colombians who have returned to the country and those who are planning to return, so that they are aware of the benefits and incentives to which they are entitled and carry out the process in an agile and timely manner”, stated the Department of Immigration, Consular Affairs and Citizen Service of the Chancellery.