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How to Get Colombia Expertise Visa for Professionals

The Colombia expertise visa or visa for professionals is intended for foreigners who want to live and work in Colombia as self-employed professionals while practicing a particular profession. You must be a professional in your home country who has been pursuing independent economic activity.

A foreigner interested in practicing his or her profession or developing professional activities independently in the national territory of Colombia can apply for expertise visa. You must be willing to practice your profession in Colombia such as electrician, plumber, architect, or internet marketer.

The Colombia expertise visa is very popular among freelancers or other professionals but it is also one of the most difficult visa to obtain. You will have to prove that you have a professional degree or license to pursue your profession such as architect, mechanic, or electrician.

Furthermore, you must demonstrate that your academic background or training is similar to what is stipulated by Colombian regulations. Your degree or professional license is recognized and accepted under Colombian law. If your profession is regulated by Colombian government, then you will need to provide additional documents while applying for this visa.

In some rare cases, you may need to take classes at a Colombian university or at a Colombian vocational school to complete the validation process. This validation process can take several months to complete before you can apply for an expertise visa. So, you need to plan ahead before applying for this visa and practicing your profession in Colombia.

The cost for the new M-7 expertise visa is $282 USD including the processing charge. This is somewhat higher than the previous TP-13 visa, which used to cost $263.

The Colombia expertise visa is a category 7 migrant visa (M visa), which is similar to the previous TP-13 visa. The M type visa will be valid for 3 years. With this type of visa, you are allowed to live and work in Colombia. Even though the expertise visa allows multiple entries, it will lose its validity if you stay out of Colombia for more than six months consecutively.

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Applying for Expertise Visa from Abroad

A visa applicant who wishes to live, work, and study in Colombia can apply for a Colombia expertise visa online. In addition, any Colombian visas can be obtained at any Colombian consulates around the world.

The Colombian visa application process is fairly easy as it can be completed entirely online. You can apply for a Colombia student visa online Tramites Visa . This application will require scanned copies of all required documents in Adobe PDF format along with your passport photo in jpg format. In addition, a detailed guide for applying online can be found here.

If you are in another country outside of Colombia, then you have to go to nearby Colombian consulate in that country so that you can get the visa put in your passport at a Colombian consulate. Once you have the Colombia expertise visa has been approved and added to your passport, you are ready to travel to Colombia as a migrant.


Applying for Expertise 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. This 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 Spanish.

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.

What Documents are required for Colombia Expertise Visa?


Passport Photocopy

A photocopy of the first page of your valid passport showing your biographical data. The photocopy can be either in color or black and white.

Passport Photocopy

A photocopy of the first page of your valid passport showing your biographical data. The photocopy can be either in color or black and white.

Proof of Legal Entry:

A photocopy of the page of your passport showing last stamp of entry or departure of Colombia.

Photocopy of Previously Issued Visa:

If you’ve had a previous Colombian visa such as a student visa, then a photocopy of this visa.

Introduction Letter:

A letter showing your educational and professional work history with explanation of what you intend to do and how you intend to earn a living in Colombia.

Certificates Of Experience:

At least 3 certificates of experience in the corresponding profession or occupation. All three certificates of experience or licenses in the profession must be legalized, apostilled, and translated.

School curriculum:

The curriculum of the school from where applicant got professional training.  The curriculum must demonstrate training in the activity to be pursued in Colombia.

Bank Statements:

Personal bank statements for the past six months showing an average income of at least 10 times the Colombian monthly minimum wage (minimum is 828,160 pesos per month in 2019, so this is 8,281,160 pesos per month of income).

Reference letters:

Letters of references from Colombian companies interested in hiring the independent service of the visa applicant.

Passport photo:

Passport style face photo with a white background, sized at 3 cm width X 4 cm height, maximum size of 300 kb jpg file for online application.

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For regulated professions, applicant must provide the corresponding permit, license or provisional authorization to perform the respective profession in Colombia, granted by the competent authority.

Many professions are regulated in Colombia. The legalization of a foreign degree or certification is a separate application process with the professional organization in charge of said profession. This process may include college degree, professional license, college transcript, and college program outline (all apostilled/legalized and translated correctly following correct legalization steps).

In the case of practicing a non-regulated profession, a duly validated professional title validated by the Ministry of Education must be submitted.

Why Use Our Visa Agency For Getting Colombia Expertise or Professional Visa?

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.

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