Colombia is a Country worth visiting and residing.
The South American Country is regarded as the second most bio-diverse Country in the World.
The beautiful color of Nature, the culture of the people, the sunny beaches, good food and nice people, are great reasons why you should visit or reside in Colombia.
To move to Colombia, you must get the Colombian Immigration VISA. This article will guide you on how to apply for the VISA.
Colombia Immigration VISA
Immigrating to Colombia demands you to possess a Colombian Migrant (M) VISA.
The Colombia Migrant (M) VISA is a type of VISA, issued to foreigners who intend to stay longer in Colombia or Possess a temporary or permanent residence.
Here, you must indicate your purpose of immigration, it will determine the kind of VISA you will get, and additional documents you might submit.
People who wishes to work, study, marry, invest heavily in Colombia etc. can get this type of VISA.
Do I Need A VISA To Enter Colombia?
Yes, you need a VISA to enter Colombia, but there are some Countries that are exempted from entering Colombia with a VISA, and this is only for short stays, like Tourism, Business Trip, Holidays etc.
You will have to get a VISA for long stay visit.
Required Documents For The Colombia Immigration VISA
You’re to Get the following documents ready before you apply for the VISA.
- Your valid passport. You must make a copy of:
- The main page of your passport (holding your biographical information).
- Previous Colombian VISAs (if any)
- The last stamp of entry or departure from Colombia (if any)
- Passport size picture of yourself, with the following requirements:
- Dimensions: 3 cm x 4 cm
- No larger than 300 KB and in JPG format (for online application)
- White background
- Taken in the last three months
- Entire face must be visible
- Bank statements from the last six months (as proof of financial resources)
- Travel itinerary and airplane ticket
- Proof of Accommodation/address in Colombia.
- If you are visiting a family member/friend: Proof of family relationship or an explanation of your relationship.
- If you will be doing training or a course of study: The certificate of enrollment/acceptance.
- Any other documents as requested by the Colombian Consulate or Immigration Authorities.
You have to legalize your documents through an Apostille stamp before you submit them. If you are not from a Country included in the Apostille Convention/Treaty, you have to notarize your documents before a Public notary, and then go to the Colombian Consulate to have them signed.
All documents have to be in Spanish. If they are not already, you must have them translated by a translator certified by the Colombian Government.
Take Note Of The Following Before Applying
- Find out which is the nearest Colombian Consulate nearest to where you live. This could be in your Country or in a neighboring Country.
- Contact the Embassy/Consulate to learn about their specific requirements and the documents you must submit.
- Make sure you make electronic copies of the required documents (the documents have to be in PDF format).
- Make sure you have an electronic VISA picture that is 3 cm x 4 cm and with a white background.
You have to apply for the VISA and submit it online, via the Colombian VISA application service available on the Colombian Ministry of Foreign affairs.
Enter your name, Nationality and passport number to start the application process.
You must finish everything before 30 minutes runs out of your session will expire.
See Steps You Need To Follow For The Application
- Complete the online Colombia VISA application form. Answer the questions carefully and truthfully. Questions include your Nationality, purpose of visit, address in your Home Country and the address where you will stay in Colombia, whether you have had any previous VISAs issued or rejected for Colombia, etc.
- Select the type of VISA you are applying for.
- Attach an electronic copy of the VISA photo.
- Attach PDF files of all the required documents.
- Select the Colombian Consulate where you want to submit your application.
- Note: If you are applying from within Colombia, you have to select the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) office in Bogotá as the location for VISA application.
- Select the method of payment for the Colombia VISA fee. See the options of payment listed below under “Colombia VISA Fees”.
- You will be notified via email about the status of your VISA application. If your application was approved:
- Go to the Colombian Consulate to get your VISA
Keep in mind: Not all Colombian Consulates will offer an online application service. In some cases, you may have to submit the documents and application in person at the Colombian Consulate.
There are Immigration Offices in most major cities in Colombia.
Once you receive your Colombian VISA, you must visit the local Immigration Authorities (Migración Colombia) to register your stay.
You must do so within 15 days of entering the Country. If you are already in Colombia, register your stay within 15 days of receiving your VISA.
However, if you are staying for longer than three months, you will get a Foreigners ID Card (Cedula de Extranjeria) after you register.
Other Important Things You Need To Note About Colombia Immigration VISA
- The Colombia VISA application is processed in about 5 working days, but can take as long as 30 days if there are any irregularities or missing documents. Endeavour to apply in about 2 months before your intended date of travelling.
- You have to pay two separate fees when you apply for a Colombian VISA, the VISA processing fee and then another fee if the VISA application is successful. The cost of the first fee for Colombia VISA changes depending on your country of residence.
- If applying from Cuba or a European country: €40; If applying from within Colombia or from a non-European Country: $52
- Second Colombia VISA fee (only if you receive the VISA): Changes depending on your Country of residence and the type of VISA you are applying for.
However, the available methods of payment of the Colombia VISA fee are:
- Online, via the PSE Electronic Service Provider. You must enter your VISA application reference number.
- At the Colombian Consulate. Contact the relevant Consulate regarding their preferred means of payment.
- Through a Servibanca ATM (only if you are in Colombia at the time of payment)
- Banco GNB Sudameris in Bogotá (only if you are in Colombia at the time of payment)
- You can apply for an extension of your Colombian VISA at the Immigration Authorities (Migración Colombia) nearest to where you are staying in Colombia. There are Immigration centres in most major cities.
- You can also apply for Colombia Permanent Residence after 5 years of stay.