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The Resident Visa may be granted to the foreigner who wishes to enter Colombian territory and reside in it. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs could issue this visa in the following cases:

  • When one of the parents is a Colombian national.
  • When both parents are foreigners:
    • Colombian nationals are those that are child of a foreigner who legally resides in Colombia at the moment of his/her birth. Foreigners who reside in Colombia are those with a Resident Visa that is legal at the time of birth.
  • In conformity with Law 43 of 1993, when the foreigner that has been an adopted or Colombian by birth and has renounced to his/her nationality. In this case the Resident visa will be indefinite. 
  • When the foreigner has held a TP visa for an uninterrupted minimum time of 5 continuous years:
  • TP-3
  • TP-4
  • TP-5
  • TP-7
  • TP-9
  • When the foreigner has had a TP-10 visa for a minimum of 3 continuous and uninterrupted years.
  • When the foreigner has had an RE visa for at least 5 continuous and uninterrupted years.
  • When the foreigner in his condition of investor has registered Foreign Direct Investment before the Bank of the Republic in an amount of more than 650 current legal monthly minimum salaries.
  • The foreigner with an RE visa is authorized to exercise any legal activity in the country, including those that are developed in accordance to a work contract. This visa will be granted and in no way contradicting the legal requirements established for the exercise of these activities in the national territory.
    • In this case the duration of the RE visa will be of 5 years. 
  • The allowed stay of the foreigner under the RE visa will be for the total amount of its duration.
  • The foreigner who, having an RE visa, leaves the country for more than 2 continuous years will lose the right to it.
     
Recomendations

 

  • Attach a copy of the personal data page of your current passport where the holder’s personal information is registered.
  • The authority responsible for issuing visas shall have the power to conduct interviews and request further documentation in cases where it deems appropriate, personally or by  suitable means of communication.
  • Visa holders whose term exceeds three (3) months, and the recipients thereof, shall be registered in the register of aliens from the Special Administrative 'Migración Colombia' Unit within fifteen (15) calendar days from entering the country or the date of issue of the visa, if this was issued on national territory; or within fifteen (15) days after the entry into Colombia days if the visa was issued at a Consulate.
  • All necessary documents for granting some visas in Colombia or abroad, shall be apostilled as appropriate and translated by an official translator to Spanish, if they are in different language.
  • Documents issued in Colombia that act as support documents or are part of the requirements for a visa requested abroad at a Colombian consulate do not require to be apostilled or legalized.
  • In the event of an error in the information of the granted Visa, provided that it was a typo or spelling error, or does not affect the essential information of the Visa, the holder will have a maximum of thirty (30) calendar days to request a correction. Once this term expires the applicant must apply for a visa transfer.
  • Remember that if your application has been declared 'non-admissible'  and you are interested in starting  a new application, you must make a new payment for visa study (analysis of documents).
Places of Issue
North Office: Avenida 19 No. 98-03 Edificio Torre 100 3rd Floor

Working Hours and turns hand over:

For aliens doing their procedure in person: Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For proxies who are processing payments and are finishing Online Visa procedures: Monday to Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

In Colombian Consulates abroad. (For the location and contact information, see our Consular Directory).

 

RE Visa Requirements
  • Attach a copy of the main page of the valid passport where the personal data of the holder appear.
  • A copy of the page of the Passport that has the last entry to or exit from Colombia stamp, as the case may be.
  • Foreigners who have applied for and been granted a visa without a QR code or OCR must attach a copy of the most recent Colombian visa.
  • Sí el trámite va a ser finalizado por un apoderado adjuntar poder debidamente otorgado.
  • Requirements for the foreigner who is the father or the mother of a Colombian national
    • WHEN ONE OF THE PARENTS IS A COLOMBIAN NATIONAL:

      • Authentic copy of the Colombian Birth Certificate of the son or daughter, along with one of the following documents:
        • When the child who is a Colombian national is a minor, the applicant must submit a communication signed by the parent who is a Colombian national applying for the visa and stating that the foreigner is duly meeting the corresponding child support duties and that there is no protective measure or the re-establishment of rights imposed by the family authority.
        • In the event of the death of the Colombian father or mother, or dissolution of the matrimonial relationship or of the de facto marriage, the foreign father or mother shall submit the corresponding death certificate and/or the certificate from the Colombian family authority stating that the foreigner has been duly fulfilling his/her child support obligations, or
        • When the Colombian child becomes legally of age, he/she must submit a letter signed by him/her requesting the issuance of the RE Visa to the foreign father or mother.

      WHEN THE PARENTS ARE FOREIGNERS:

      • Authentic copy of the Colombian Birth Certificate of the son or daughter, along with one of the following documents:
        • When the child is a minor, submit a visa application letter signed by the foreigner upon the birth of his/her child (which will be proof of domicile) stating that he/she duly fulfills the corresponding child support obligations and that there is no protective measure or re-establishment of rights imposed by the family authority, or
        • When the Colombian child becomes legally of age, he/she must submit a letter signed by him/her applying for the issuance of the RE Visa.
  •  Requirements for the person who has renounced the Colombian nationality - Photocopy of the Renunciation certificate of renouncement of Colombian nationality.
  •  Requirements for the person who has been the holder of a TP Visa for five (5) continuous and uninterrupted years - Copy of the TP-3, TP-4, TP-5, TP-7, TP-9 Visa and of the safe-conducts, if they were requested, along with the Migratory Movement Certificate issued by the Special Colombia Migration Administrative Unit within the three (3) months prior to the date of the visa application, and
  •  Requirements for the person who has been the holder of a TP-10 Visa for a period of three (3) continuous and uninterrupted years
    • Copy of the TP-10 Visa, of the Temporary Visa, for the Spouse or Permanent Partner of a Colombian National and of the safe-conducts, if requested, along with the Migratory Movement Certificate issued by the Special Colombia Migration Administrative Unit, within the three (3) months prior to the date of the visa application.
    • Letter signed by the spouse or permanent partner who is a Colombian national, requesting the issuance of this visa for his/her foreign spouse or permanent partner.

Note: In the event of the death of the spouse or permanent partner who is a Colombian national, he/she must submit the death certificate.

  • Requirements for a Beneficiary who is of Legal Age
    • Copy of the RE Visa from the beneficiary and from the holder, as well as of the safe-conducts, if they were requested, along with the Migratory Movement Certificate issued by the Special Colombia Migration Administrative Unit within the three (3) months prior to the date of the visa application;
    • A document accrediting his/her occupation and source of income.
  • Requirements for Capital Investment - Communication issued by the Exchange Department of the Banco de la República evidencing the record of the foreign direct investment under his/her name for an amount exceeding six hundred and fifty (650) monthly minimum legal salaries in force.
  • Requirements for the RE Visa Holder
    • Certificate of Migratory Movement issued by the Special Colombia Migration Administrative Unit issued no more than three (3) months in advance;
    • Copy of the alien’s identity card,
    • Document accrediting his/her occupation and source of income.
  • Fill out the visa application, electronically following this link: Visas Form or in person, at the issuing office. In the case of artistic, sports and cultural groups, the visa application may be filled out by their representative by detailing the data of each one of the members of the group.

Note: Si usted hace su solicitud de manera presencial, no requerira llevar fotografías. Las mismas le serán tomadas en la oficina expedidora

  

Remember:

  • Sí su trámite lo va a efectuar de manera presencial, deberá presentar su pasaporte con vigencia mayor a 180 días y dos páginas en blanco.
  • Sí solicitó visa electrónica por más de un mes, deberá presentar su pasaporte en las oficinas de Bogotá con una vigencia mayor a 180 días y dos páginas en blanco para el estampado de la respectiva visa.
Costs and Means of Payment in Colombia
 

 

PSE Payment Guide
Servibanca Payment Guide

The payment must be made on the same day the receipt is generated through any of the forms that appear below; otherwise, a new receipt must be generated with the date on which the payment will be made.  

  • The payment can be made at any of the branches of the GNB Sudameris Bank nationwide or at the branch located at the facilities of the Visas office. Payment must be made in Colombian Pesos.
  • Servibanca ATMs
  • PSE payment: it is necessary to have an active account in Colombia which is authorized by the corresponding financial entity for the service of electronic payments.

 

Costs and Means of Payment Abroad
 

 

PSE Payment Guide

Remember that you must have previously formalized the application in order to make your payment.

  • Electronic payment through the Internet: you should use the Electronic Payment System by clicking the button online secure payments. Find out how the online electronic payment system works by consulting our PSE Guide for the Citizen. Keep in mind that, in order to make your payment, you must have an active account in Colombia and that it must be authorized by the corresponding financial entity for the service of electronic payments.

Note: Please verify the payment methods with the nearest Colombian Consulate.

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