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SPECIAL TEMPORARY VISA OF A COOPERATOR OR VOLUNTEER OF A NON-PROFIT ENTITY OR NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION (NGO)

 

The first SPECIAL TEMPORARY visa as a cooperator or volunteer of a non-profit entity or non-government organization (NGO) must always be processed at Colombian consulates abroad. In all other cases, it may be issued in Bogota, provided the applicant has a valid visa.

A visa may be granted to a foreigner whose intention is to enter this country as a cooperator or volunteer of a non-profit entity or non-government organization (NGO), or a person who has been duly presented by an international organization or a diplomatic mission.

Requirements

√    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.
√    Letter signed by the legal representative of the non-profit entity or non-government organization, stating the activity which the foreigner comes to engage in while in Colombia or the work program that he/she is to carry out, specifying its duration, planned agenda, the public and private institutions and entities with which he/she is to be interviewed, as the case may be. Likewise, the experience and suitability of the foreigner for the activities he/she is to undertake in this country must be documented.
√    For the visa to authorize the practice of a regulated profession, the foreigner must present the documents permitting him/her to practice the respective profession, such as a certification of equivalence or validation of the professional qualification before the corresponding authority and/or the respective professional certificate or card.
√    Letter from the entity applying for the visa stating that it assumes the obligation to the National Government to pay all the respective expenses during his/her stay in and departure from the country.
√    Certificate of existence and legal representation of the non-profit entity or non-government organization, issued by the competent Colombian authority, within the three (3) months prior to presentation of the application for the visa and, if necessary, the document of registration with the respective national authorities.
√    When the non-profit entity or the NGO has no office in Colombia, the party interested in the visa must present a certified copy of the deed of incorporation and representation, or of the instrument accrediting its existence and representation, duly translated into Spanish and authenticated by the corresponding Colombian consulate and legalized or with an apostille, as the case may be, certifying that the said organization has existed for no fewer than five (5) years as of the date of its incorporation, or proof that its status is that of consultant of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
√    When the non-profit entity or NGO has an office in Colombia, the interested party may present an authenticated photocopy of the respective document certifying the legal representation issued by the competent authority.

Note: A beneficiary’s visa may be granted to the spouse, permanent partner, parents and children who are economically dependent upon the foreign special temporary visa holder as a cooperator or volunteer of a non-profit entity or non-government organization (NGO). In such cases, the occupation of the beneficiary shall be that of looking after the home or a student. No other occupation may be authorized.

Requirements:

√    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.
√    Civil registration or equivalent document showing the relationship or kinship, duly legalized or with an apostille, as the case may be.
√    Documents evidencing the beneficiary’s economic dependence 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 notary or Colombian consul.
√    Photocopy of the holder’s valid visa.
√    When the application for a visa as a beneficiary is presented at a Colombian consulate, in the case of a permanent partner, 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 the visa:  USD 175
Places issued: Colombian Consulates abroad. Addresses at: www.cancilleria.gov.co.

 

 

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