In the News at ABIL

Posted on: May 28th, 2019
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Siskind Susser is excited to announce that Lynn Susser was recently elected to ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers. ABIL is comprised of over 20 lawyers from top tier immigration practices with years of expertise and a comprehensive understanding of immigration law. For more information on ABIL, including a map of ABIL attorneys worldwide, visit their website.
The following articles are excerpts from ABIL’s monthly Immigration Insider, available here on their website.


ABIL Global: Corporate Immigration for U.S. Citizens to Colombia

 Colombia has been facilitating migration processes in recent years to encourage individuals from different countries to do business and make investments in Colombia. With the increase of foreigners, Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has created immigration statuses to allow them to stay and/or engage in various types of activities.

U.S. nationals may enter Colombia with an entry and stay permit (PIP), which is granted for 90 days and may be extended for another 90 days. This permit is obtained upon entering Colombia and is granted to those foreign individuals who wish to attend conferences or meetings, assist in trainings, participate in job interviews, or provide urgent technical assistance.

When the activities to be performed in Colombia take longer than 180 days or require specific conditions such as concluding a local contract, U.S. nationals may request a visa, which will authorize the person to enter and remain for up to 2 or 3 years in the national territory depending on the type of visa. When a visa is required for a stay of more than 180 days and the activities to be performed are business-related, the foreign national can opt for a business visitor visa. If the foreign national will be working in Colombia, a local contract likely will be required to obtain a migrant work visa. A foreign individual interested in obtaining an investment visa must make a foreign direct investment of 100 to 600 times the Colombian monthly legal minimum wage, which means approximately $26,000 to $174,000 USD.


OFLC Approves CW-1 Program Survey From CNMI Governor

The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) recently received and approved a CW-1 wage survey from the governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) covering 84 occupations. OFLC approved the governor’s survey and started issuing CW-1 prevailing wage determinations on May 9, 2019, using the survey wages for occupations covered by the governor’s survey.

Details: OFLC announcement (May 9, 2019),; CW-1 program page,


This newsletter was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (, of which Lynn Susser is an active member.

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