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Expat Advice: Working in Bogota, Colombia

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Bogota

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Automobiles, tourism, healthcare word of mouth...

What type of work do you do and how did you find your job?

Teaching and Healthcare.

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How did you obtain your work permit? What advice would you have for others about work permits?

Through my job.

Have you taken language and cross-cultural training courses to prepare for your assignment? If so, how have they helped you on the job?

Yes, some...not much.

If you were transferred abroad by your employer, were you guaranteed a job upon repatriation? What type of mentoring programs does your employer offer?

n/a

What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?

Persevere, don't give up. Check with all your government agencies and then private companies.

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Sep 24, 2011 13:25

Work visas are issued the first time through a consulate or embassy outside the country. If you go to the ministry of foreign relations in Bogota they will not accept any BUSINESS, WORK, BUSINESS OWNER OR VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS. They will accept renewals just not first time applications. Do not pay anyone to do this for you, like lawyers, which comonly take money for this only to tell you later that they are sorry but you have to leave the country to apply.

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