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QUALIFIED RESIDENT’S VISA

 

A qualified resident’s visa may be granted:

1.    To a foreigner who has been a holder of a temporary visa and who has lived in national territory regularly for at least five (5) continuous, uninterrupted years and presents an application within at least the thirty (30) calendar days prior to expiration of the visa, except in the case of duly proven force majeure or act of God, o,
2.    To a foreigner who is a father or mother of a Colombian national, o,
3.     To a foreigner who is of age and, as beneficiary of a holder of a qualified resident’s visa, evidences an activity or source of income and has remained in national territory for a minimum of five (5) continuous and uninterrupted years at the time of requesting the visa, or,
4.    To a foreigner who has been a holder of a temporary visa as a spouse or permanent partner of a Colombian national for a continuous, uninterrupted term of three (3) years.

The following are excepted: Holders of the following visas: preferential, courtesy, business, crew member’s, visitor’s, temporary special category, medical treatment, to appear in administrative or judicial processes, as a cooperator or volunteer of a non-profit entity or non-government organization (NGO) and for adoption procedures.

Requirements

For a foreigner who has been a holder of a temporary visa for five (5) continuous, uninterrupted years:

√    Payment for visa study of USD 50
√    Valid passport or travel document, in good condition and with a minimum of two blank pages.
√    Two (2) recent 3x3 photographs, facing the camera, in color and against a white background.
√    Certificate of migration issued by the Administrative Security Department - DAS, within the three (3) months prior to the date of the visa application.
√    Certificate of judicial or police history of the last country of residence, issued by the competent authority no more than six (6) months earlier, except minors under 18 or over 65 years of age.
√    “Commitment to report to the Administrative Security Department - DAS” form.
√    In the case of practicing a regulated profession, the qualified resident foreigner must present the documents permitting him/her to practice the regulated profession, such as a certification of equivalence or validation of the professional qualification, the provisional permit or license to practice or the registration or professional  card.

For a foreigner who is the father or mother of a Colombian national:
√    Payment for visa study of USD 50
√    Valid passport or travel document, in good condition and with a minimum of two blank pages.
√    Two (2) recent 3x3 photographs, facing the camera, in color and against a white background.
√    “Commitment to report to the Administrative Security Department - DAS” form.
√    Authentic copy of the civil registration of Colombian birth of the son/daughter.
√    Letter authenticated before a notary or Colombian consul signed by the Colombian father or mother requesting the issue of this category of visa for the foreigner and identifying in same the person economically responsible for the son/daughter. When the latter is of age, this letter may be signed by the Colombian son/daughter.
√    Photocopy authenticated before a Colombian notary or consul of the respective Colombian citizenship card.
√    In the case of the death of the Colombian father or mother, the foreign father or mother must present the respective death certificate, authenticated before a Colombian notary or consul and the document certifying that he or she has custody of the Colombian minor.
√    When both parents are foreign, they must present a letter, authenticated before a notary or Colombian consul, signed by the foreigner who holds a resident’s visa, father or mother of the minor who was born in Colombia, together with an authenticated photocopy of the alien’s identify card and requesting the issue of this category of visa, stating who is economically responsible for the child, as well as presenting a certificate of nationality issued by the National Civil Status Registry Office.
√    If the qualified foreign resident practices a regulated profession, he/she must present the documents permitting him/her to practice such regulated profession, such as certification of equivalence or validation of the professional certificate, the provisional permit or license to practice of the professional registration or card.

For a foreign holder of a temporary visa as spouse or permanent partner of the Colombian national:
√    Payment for visa study of USD 50
√    Valid passport or travel document, in good condition and with a minimum of two blank pages.
√    Two (2) recent 3x3 photographs, facing the camera, in color and against a white background.
√    Certificate of migratory movement issued by the Security Administration Department - DAS, within the three (3) months prior to the request for the visa.
√    Judicial or police record of the last country of residence issued by the competent authority no more than six (6) months earlier, except for those under 18 and over 65 years of age.
√    “Commitment to report to the Administrative Security Department - DAS” form.
√    Civil Colombian marriage registration or authentic photocopy of the judicial ruling or the minute of conciliation or of the public deed declaring the existence of the de facto marital union, as the case may be. Any of these documents must have been issued within the three (3) months prior to the visa application.
√    Letter authenticated before a Colombian notary or consul addressed to the corresponding office which would be responsible for granting the visa for his/her foreign spouse or permanent partner.
√    Photocopy authenticated before a Colombian notary or consul of the Colombian citizenship card.
√    Photocopy of the Colombian visas which he/she has held.
√    In the case of practice of a regulated profession, the qualified foreign resident must present the documents permitting him/her to practice the regulated profession, such as the certification of equivalence or validation of the professional qualification, the provisional permit or license to practice or the professional registration or card.

Note: A beneficiary’s visa may be granted to the spouse, permanent partner, parents and children who are economically dependent upon the foreigner holding a qualified resident’s visa. In such cases, the beneficiary’s occupation may only be that of looking after the home or a student. No other occupation may be authorized.

Requirements:
√    Payment for visa study: USD 50
√    Valid passport or travel document, in good condition and with a minimum of two blank pages.
√    Two (2) recent 3x3 photographs, facing the camera, in color and against a white background.
√    Civil registration or equivalent document showing the relationship or kinship, duly legalized or with an apostille, as the case may be.
√    Documents evidencing the economic dependence of the beneficiary upon the visa holder.
√    A letter in which the visa holder assumes responsibility for the beneficiary’s stay in and departure from Colombia. In the case of minors, the application, proxy or authorization must be signed by the parents and authenticated before a Colombian notary or consul.
√    Photocopy of the holder’s valid visa.
√    When, , in the case of a permanent partner, the application for a visa as a beneficiary is presented at a Colombian consulate, the valid document evidencing the de facto marital union will be accepted according to the laws of the receiver country, which must be legalized or with an apostille, as appropriate.

Cost of visa:  USD 300
Places issued: Colombian Consulates abroad. Addresses at: www.cancilleria.gov.co.