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USA Criminal Background Report

Recently Colombia has implemented a new requirement for many visa types to obtain a criminal background check in order to obtain a Colombian visa. Check your visa type to be sure that this is required for your visa. Marriage visas, for example do not require criminal background checks. Remember all background checks must be stamped by a notary or state official and then apostilled. After they are apostilled you  must use a certified translator in Colombia to translate your documents. We also offer translation services if you need them.

If you have been in Colombia the last 3 years then you may simply go to the Colombian Governments state police website to download your anticedentes Judiciales at no fee!

Below you will find instructions for United States residents or United States citizens who need to obtain a background check from the United States.


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USA Criminal Background Report

  1. Enter this link:
  2. Enter email and select submit
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n3Your email will receive a link to complete the application and a PIN number. 

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n 4Click on the link in the email, click on continue and enter with the PIN

5Accept privacy terms and fill in personal data

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6Enter address

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7Select the preference

8Send the card with your fingerprints

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Step  9Make payment on line in FBI website.

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Criminal Record from a City Police

  1. Google the police department or agency by name of city and/or state.
  2. Look for records department or criminal record certification information. You may have to call the police department.
  3. Ask for obtaining a certified or notarized copy.
  4. If you can not obtain notarized copy then you may take the records to a notary to certify.
  5. Send documents for apostille to secretary of state in the state your records are notarized in.

What is an apostille?
The apostille is a second certification that makes a document internationally legal. This document is issued by the secretary of state apostille office in the same state your Criminal Record is issued. We can assist in guiding you through this process.

I am not in the USA, HOW DO I DO THIS?
If you are not in the USA, OR YOUR HOME COUNTRY, then you may need to ask a friend, family member or messenger agency to assist you in obtaining documents.

Can I use a background check website?
This might not be accepted as they are not government agencies.

How long does It take to get a criminal background check?
If a person enters a police station with required documents this process can be done instantly in many cases, but the total time averages between 2-4 weeks when including apostille, and Spanish translations.

Colombian Consulates in The United States

Click the name of the Colombian consulate closest to you to get permission for the next flight. If you have problems communicating with the consulate and you would like help please let us know. We charge a small fee for assisting with documents and forms in Spanish.

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.

Our Story


James Lindzey the owner of 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.


Our Services

Many visas require obtaining complicated documents in the United States or Canada. Just another reason why you should choose our firm.

We organize your immigration profile so that your Colombian visa application is successful.

We elaborate and structure all the necessary documents for your Colombian visa application.
Presentation of a Colombian visa before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or any Colombian consulate
Registration and orientation when you are getting you Colombian ID (Cedula de extranjeria).
We monitor your immigration process.
Translation Legalization and apostille of the documents required for your visa application.
Chat Over WhatsApp – get your visa questions answered fast.
Online quotes – get immediate quotes for visa and other legal services
Courier your passport to Bogotá to get the visa in your passport.
Office in El Poblado in Medellin services.

Please let us know if you need more information, or we can set up a consultation in order to provided you personalized guide.

Our office ours are from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Saturday. 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.

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