Colombia Visa Application Process
The Colombian visa application is handled by the Ministry of Foreign Relations visa office virtually in Bogota, Colombia through their website at www.cancilleria.gov.co. The website is not the most user-friendly. Keep in mind that even if you are processing a visa outside of Colombia you will need to process the application with this website and select the consulate you are using. Below is a quick outline of the Colombian Visa Application Process.
OBTAIN YOUR DOCUMENTS: Organize Documents you need for application
VERIFY DOCS ARE LEGALIZED: Follow legalization process for foreign documents
ORGANIZE BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION: Submit information for immigration forms with your photo
UPLOAD APPLICATION: Upload information & Documents to Cancilleria Visa Application System
* Application is valid for 30 days after paying the 52 USD application fee
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: Respond to requests for additional information if requested
* Besides basic requirements Visa officials may ask for any type of documentation they feel is necessary
PAY FOR YOUR VISA: On approval you have 30 days maximum to pay for your visa or application will cancel out
COLOMBIAN ID CARD: Once your visa is paid for you need to proceed to obtaining your foreigners ID CARD.
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Visa Processing Procedures and request for additional information vary depending on visa official handling application
High Season Caos: Visa Application processes often change during June to July to deal with large amounts of applications
Visa Laws (resolutions) are updated every few years. Visas requirements will change.
M Visa Travel Limits If you stay out of the country more than 6 months on a M (MIGRANT VISA) YOUR VISA WILL BECOME INVALID
R Visa Travel Limits Residency Visa If you stay out of the country more than 2 years on a RESIDENCY visa your visa will BECOME INVALID
Beware of Original Document Issue Dates – Documents from outside Colombia which are older than 90 days are usually not accepted by visa officials.
*some exceptions may be documents such as childs birth certificates,or spouses marriage certificate. (this is not to be counted on)
Visa Requirements are:
Certificate of being single – had different requirements depending on the notary. Sometimes this may be declared in Colombia but other times this document must come from country of origen. This is a very delicate and potentially marriage stopping document. (ask James Lindzey for more info on this subject)
Why Use Our Agency For Colombia Visa Process Steps?
Since 2005, our legal firm Medellin Lawyer has helped clients who want to get a US visa. We are the oldest expat visa business in Colombia. We also have more attorneys in office than any other visa agency in Colombia.
In addition to our visa services we offer a full range of legal and accounting services to our clients. By having a legal and accounting firm work on your application, we are able to handle any surprises or last minute requests by immigration officials or by a judge.
Applying for visa from Colombia
Once you receive online visa approval, if doing this in Colombia, you need to travel to Bogotá to get the visa in your passport. Visas in Colombia are issued at the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores office in Bogotá. Their office is located at Avenida 19 # 98-03, Torre 100 Building, 3rd Floor. It’s open from 7:30 am until noon.
The major challenge with getting a Colombian visa yourself is dealing with a government bureaucracy, making a trip to Bogota and not understanding the laws properly if you are not fluent in Sanish.
This is where you can benefit from the services of an experienced visa agency such as Visas by James. A visa agency such ours is your best bet when it comes to obtaining visa for you. An experienced visa agency which has processed hundreds of visas and knows exactly what is needed for each type of visa is exactly what you need.
Another big benefit of using a visa agency is that they offer services to courier your passport to Bogotá to get the visa put in your passport. So, you can avoid a trip to Bogotá. The cost of a visa service including the service to courier your passport to Bogotá can even be cheaper than the cost of a trip to Bogotá.
About Visas By James
Since 2005, our visa agency Visas by James has obtained hundreds of visas for foreigners who wish to study, work, invest, and live in Colombia. We are the oldest expat visa business in Colombia. We also have more attorneys in office than any other visa agency in Colombia. In addition to our visa services we offer a full range of legal and accounting services to our clients. By having a legal and accounting firm work on your application, we are able to handle any surprises or last minute requests by immigration officials.
Visa by James Story:
James Lindzey the owner of Medellin Lawyer and Visas by James has worked as a private investigator and paralegal in the United States from the 90s until he moved to Colombia in 2005. James arrived in Colombia in 2005 and started doing visas for expats in 2007.
In addition to our visa services our agency offers a full range of legal and accounting services to our clients. We are able to assist better in document collection services in the United States because of James legal experience in the United States.
About Our Visa Services
We can guie you through the most Complicated Immigration Situations. Our aim is to make life easier for expatriates in Colombia!
We monitor your visa application process .
Please let us know if you need more information, or we can set up a consultation in order to provided you personalized guide.
Our main office is located in Medellin, Colombia near Parque Lleras in El Poblado. We have representation in Bogota, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. Our main office address is Cra 39#5A-95, Oficina 709, Edificio Avangarde. We accept walk in appointments but its always nice if you can let us know ahead of time so we can schedule a time. Areas codes in Colombia have changed. To reach our office please call (57) 604-444-6634.