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Hot topics and recent news on the Colombia Free Trade Agreement :
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Topics of Interest:
Recent News and Developments on the Colombia FTA, Free Trade Agreement 150 Planned Activities for the FTA/TLC in Colombia and the United States TLC Stories Outline by the El Colombiano News Paper (El Colombiano Newspaper)
Signing of free trade by President Obama: (http://m.elcolombiano.com)
The United Fresh Produce Association 22,500 Jobs (
President Santos Names New Cabinet Members and Appoints FTA ZAR (http://m.elcolombiano.com)
Hernando José Gómez is the Colombia FTA ZAR.: (http://www.tlc.com.co/noticias.php?id_new=192)
The Time for Cacao (www.dinero.com)
Opportunites in the Textiles Sector (http://www.dinero.com)
UNATED STATES VISA LIST E1, E2 - Business Owner or Business Investors Visa H-1B - Work visas for well qualified managers or speicalized workers J1 - Worker and cultural exchange visas L1 - Worker Interchange Program
OFFICIAL AVERAGE VISA PROCESSING TIMES FOR THE UNITED STATES:
Select Service center Location and Look for Visa Form on List to see USCIS (United States Citizen and Immigration Services) processing time average.
Setting up your Corporation in Colombia
Incorporation, and getting licensed: All business licenses are issued by the Camara de Comercio (Chamber of Commerce) in the city which you will be doing business. The most popular types of corporations are the SAS, and SA corporations. If you are setting up a small mom and pop type business with 1 partner the Persona Natural, or Sole Proprietor business license is what you want. We have several lawyers on staff which can assist with setting up SAS and SA corporations.
First, setting up a bank account or wiring money to Colombia at a reasonable rate is dificult. Second, most banks will not let new comers open up accounts at banks without going through enormous amounts of bureaucracy and time. Rembember you have to convince the Colombians that your not laundering money, and any foreigner is considered guilty until proven innocent. The most difficult banks are BanColombia and Banco de Bogota. Requirements vary between banks.
A tip for wiring MONEY TO COLOMBIA: Expats find it very frustrating to get started. Investment accounts with brokerage firms in Colombia offer a faster solution and allow you to buid up credit in Colombia.