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Temporary Protection Status in Colombia, a journey to regularisation

Temporary Protection Status in Colombia, a journey to regularisation

This photo series details the phases comprising the process to obtain a Temporary Protection Status in Colombia, which in this case concluded with a touching moment in the life of a Venezuelan refugee.
18 Julio 2022
Yohana is interviewed as part of the pre-registration process to regularize her status at a City Hall's Local Integration Centre in Barranquilla, Colombia.


The Colombian Government has reached the milestone of providing Temporary Protection Permits to more than 1 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants living in the country. In total, as many as 2.4 million are eligible to receive this document, which allows recipients to access fundamental rights and services including healthcare, education, and formal employment opportunities.

Yohana Bracamonte, a Venezuelan mother living in Barranquilla, on Colombia’s northern Caribbean coast, shares her journey to regularization.  

Phase 1 – Pre-registration for the TPS

Online pre-registration in the National Registry for Venezuelan Migrants (RUMV, Spanish), once the profiling exercise has been completed.

Phase 2 – Biometrics

Individual biometric data registration in the Colombia Migration system.

Phase 3 – Temporary Protection Permit (PPT)

Print and delivery of plastic documentation cards (Temporary Protection Permits)