CADIVI (the currency controls administration body) has been subsidizing the travel plans of Venezuelans since its creation more than nine years ago. With no end in sight to its “political” job, the agency keeps finding new ways to make miserable, if not impossible, the task of obtaining currency for those who really need it. One of its favourite targets: university students abroad.
From now on, CADIVI will give priority to students in eight broad “knowledge areas”: architecture & engineering, basic sciences, agriculture & fisheries, health, education, sports, social sciences and the humanities. The full list is available in a newly published regulation, but if you’ve always dreamed of Studying Journalism at Columbia, or Philosophy at Heidelberg, or Political Science at Yale…you’re screwed.
Any possible doubts or questions related to this new set of rules will be eventually resolved by the University Education Minister. Meanwhile for those in elementary or secondary education overseas: you’re no longer a priority for CADIVI.
The irony is that CADIVI hasn’t stopped the capital flight from Venezuela at all: quite the opposite. No wonder, foreign companies like Mattel keep throwing the towel on us.