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Colombia Parent Visa

The Colombia Parent Visa is a migrant visa of type (M) category. It is intended for foreigners who want to be parents of a Colombian child, either by birth or by adoption. The visa is valid for 3 years. After 5 years, the holder of this type of migrant visa can apply for the resident visa.

This visa grants an open work permit and allows its holder to carry out any lawful activity in the national territory, complying with the regulations mentioned in article 16 of the Resolution 5477.

This visa also allows its main holder to request a visa for beneficiaries in accordance with the definition of Beneficiary Holder established in Article 3 of the same Resolution.

The Colombia parent visa allows multiple re-entries into Colombia. Please note that even though Colombia parent visa t visa is valid for 3 years, it will lose its validity if you stay out of Colombia for more than six months consecutively.

The cost for the common law marriage visa is $282USD, which includes the $52 study fee for the visa application. It is common for the Colombian government to take more than 30 days to process the application. In this case, they may charge $52 more than once.

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What Documents Are Required For Colombia Migrant Visa as a Parent?


The following documents are required for type M migrant visa as a parent of a Colombian child.


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.


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.


Proof of Income:

Demonstrate economic solvency through averages in bank statements of the last 6 months, and source of income.

Specific requirements for migrant visa as a parent of an adopted child.


Birth Certificate:

Authentic copy of the Birth Certificate or Civil Registry that, in accordance with the laws of the issuing country, proves the first degree of consanguinity between the Colombian national by adoption and the foreigner requesting the visa.


Verification Letter:

The Visa and Immigration Authority will verify in the database of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the letter of nature or resolution of registration of the Colombian nationality by adoption of which the applicant is a father or mother or son. In the event that it is not possible to make this query, the interested party will be required to provide it.

When applying for being the child of a Colombian national by adoption, the applicant must be under 25 years of age and be an economic dependent of the Colombian citizen by adoption. 


Signed Letter:

Application letter signed by the Colombian national for adoption of whom the applicant is the father/mother or child. If you are a minor, the letter must be signed by the persons who hold parental authority or guardianship.

Specific requirements for migrant visa as a parent of a child by birth


Visa Request Letter:

When the Colombian national child is a minor, the letter will be signed by the father or mother of Colombian nationality, stating that the foreigner is fully complying with the corresponding obligations. In the absence of their consent, the visa applicant will provide certification from the competent family authority stating that there is no protection measure or restoration of rights and that the foreigner has been fully complying with their obligations. When both parents are foreigners, the letter will be signed by both parents When the Colombian child is of legal age, he must present a letter signed by him, signed by a show of hands and with a fingerprint of the right or left index finger, or right or left thumb, requesting the issuance of the Migrant visa for their foreign father or mother, accompanied by a photocopy of the Colombian citizenship card.


Colombian Birth Certificate:

A copy of the child’s Colombian birth certificate is required. When both parents are foreigners, the Colombian birth registry of the child born in Colombia must contain an annotation that indicates validity to prove nationality and must be found in the database of the Registry Entity. In the event that the Civil Birth Registry contains annotations other than those related to nationality, such as serial change, paternal recognition, name change, among others, the respective antecedent record must be provided.


Photocopy of Previously Issued Visa: :

The foreign father or mother must provide the visa of which he/she was the holder and which was valid at the time of the birth of the minor.


Migratory Movement Certificate:

 This certificate is issued by Special Administrative Unit Migration Colombia and is dated within three months of the visa application. This certificate of migratory movements shows the movements of the father and mother of the minor.

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.

Applying for Migrant 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.

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.
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Courier your passport to Bogotá to get the visa in your passport.
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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.

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