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General instructions for submitting a visa application:

  1. Have a valid passport or travel document, in good condition and with free space for visas.
  2. Fill out the electronic visa application form.
  3. All required documents, other than identity documents or travel documents, must have an issue date not later than three months from the date of application registration.
  4. All documents from abroad must have apostille or legalization and official translation into Spanish when it is not in this language. The official translation must be legalized or apostilled according to the case.
  5. In the event of requiring submittal of bank statements, these may be without apostille or legalization and without translation into Spanish, if the content can be clearly established by the visa officer.
  6. If the filing of criminal records is required, when the application for this visa is submitted to a Colombian consulate based in the country of origin of the foreigner, the criminal background certification according to the established procedures in that country will be sufficient. When the application is submitted to the Internal Visa and Immigration Working Group, it can include the criminal records certified by the consulate of the country of origin accredited in Colombia or apostilled and legalized as the case may be.
Common requirements for all visa applications
  1. Provide a copy of the main page (biographical information) of the passport or travel document.
  2. If applying for your visa in Colombia, you must show that your immigration status is confirmed and show the last stamp of entry, exit or safe conduct as the case may be.
  3. If you apply for your visa at a Colombian consulate abroad, you must submit a copy of the document proving your regular stay in that country.
General requirements for applications for minors or incapacitated persons*
  1. Submit a record, birth certificate or the equivalent document that will corroborate the name of parents or persons exercising parental authority or guardianship of the minor.
  2. Provide a visa application letter, signed by one of the parents or by the legal guardian fully identifying the person who will care for the minor.
  3. Letter of acceptance of responsibility signed by the person authorized for the care of the minor when the latter is not the parent or does not have custody or guardianship.

*This refers to people with the inability to act by themselves, due to mental illness or court order, for example. This condition prevents a person from making autonomous decisions.

Requirements to apply for a beneficiary visa

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Definition: It is the authorization granted to economic dependents who are part of the family of the main holder of a visa in the capacity of: spouse or permanent companion, parents and children under twenty-five (25) years old, or older children who have a disability that prevents them from fending for themselves.

Who can apply for a beneficiary visa:
The dependent of the main holder of the following visas:

  • Type M Visa
  • Type R Visa
  • Visa RES
  • Type V Visa with the following activities:
  1. Journalistic coverage or press correspondent.
  2. Provision of temporary services to a natural or legal person.
  3. Intra-corporate transfer.
  4. Foreign government official or commercial representative of foreign government.

In addition to the general requirements for all types of visas, the beneficiary must submit:

  1. Copy of the visa of the main holder of which he/she wishes to be a beneficiary.
  2. True copy of the Civil Registry document showing kinship, family or marital bond with the main holder.
  3. Visa application letter for the beneficiary, signed by the main holder stating dependence and economic responsibility for travel and accommodation expenses of the beneficiary in the national territory.
Requirements to apply for transfer of visa

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DefinitionIt is the printing of a new label with the same data of a granted and current visa, to be stamped in another passport.

The foreigner may apply for the transfer of the visa: for loss or passport renewal; when the e-visa has typing errors and the interested party has not requested the correction within 30 days after issuance; when the holder does not request the stamping of the visa label within a period of 60 days from e-visa issuance; when any update or clarification is required on the identity of the holder, change of name of the contracting entity; or application for permission to exercise another activity or occupation

Specific requirement:

  1. Passport or valid travel document, in good condition and with free space for visas.
  2. Copy of the main page of the current passport with the holder’s personal data.
  3. Copy of the page of the passport with the last stamp of entry or exit of Colombia, according to the case.
  4. Copy of the visa you wish to transfer.
  5. Copy of the immigration card, as the case may be.
  6. Certificate of migratory movements issued by the Colombia Migration - Special Administrative Unit, with an issue date not exceeding three (3) months. This requirement will not be necessary if it is a Visitor Visa, when the Migrant Visa issue date is less than six (6) months or the Resident Visa issue date is less than two (2) years.
  7. Certification or document that verifies the validity of the circumstances or conditions that gave rise to the granting of the visa.
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