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How to Get Colombia Refugee Visa

Colombia Refugee visa is intended for foreigners who intend to take refuge in Colombia. The Colombia Refugee visa is a Migrant visa of M-4 category. Foreigners who hold this type of visa can live, work, and study in Colombia.

The Colombia Refugee is valid for a period of three years and the visa allows multiple entries into Colombia. The primary visa holder can apply for beneficiary visa for his or her spouse and children. Please note that the visa loses its validity if the visa holder stays out of Colombia for 6 consecutive months.

Colombia has adopted international refugee policies since 1961. This matter is currently regulated by Decree 1067 of 2015 and the Advisory Commission for the Determination of the Status of Refugees is the entity responsible for receiving, processing and studying these applications.

Under the new visa resolution 5477, all Migrant visas require you to be in Colombia 180 days or more to keep your visa. If you are out of Colombia more than 180 days your visa will no longer be valid, and Migracion Colombia officials may cancel your visa on entry.
If you are allowed entry in to Colombia with just a stamp then the official will most likely allow you to enter as a tourist after cancelling your visa.

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Who can be considered a Refugee in Colombia?

  1. Who, social and political opinions, is out of his country of nationality, cannot or wants due to well-founded fears of being persecuted on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, belonging to a group to return there or avail themselves of their protection.

2. Who, lacking nationality, due to well-founded fears of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, belonging to a social group and political opinions, is outside their country of habitual residence and cannot or wants to return there or take refuge to your protection


3. Who would have left his country because his life, security or freedom have been threatened by widespread violence, foreign aggression, internal conflicts, massive violation of Human Rights or other circumstances that have disturbed public order.

Those included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization of December 10, 1948 are considered Human Rights.


4. Anyone with good reason to believe that he would be in danger of being tortured or subjected to other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, if he is returned to his country of nationality or, lacking this, to the country of his habitual residence.

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How is the Refugee Status Application Process?

Submit the written request. This request must contain:


Date and form of entry into the country.


Data to be located (address, telephone numbers and / or email).


Full name of the interested party and beneficiaries.


Photocopy of the identity documents of the interested party and the beneficiaries (Passport or identity document. If you do not have them, you must sign and sign a declaration under the gravity of the oath on your identity).


FULL and DETAILED account of the facts that give rise to the request. In this sense, it is necessary that in that account detail:

  • Why have you left your country of nationality or habitual residence?
  • What kind of events or difficulties made you get out of there?
  • Why are you afraid to return?
  • What do you think would happen if you return to your country of nationality or habitual residence under current conditions?

Although it is not necessary to include exact dates, it is pertinent to give approximations as to the moment in which they occurred.


Documents that support the request (if any).
These documents are very varied. They may include news about the facts that give rise to the request, court decisions, witness letters, certificates or medical reports, psychological reports,


Photographs and, in general, any evidence that can confirm your story.


Signature of the interested party.


Recent and color 3×4 photography, blue background of the interested party and the beneficiaries.


Express manifestation on the acceptance of being notified via email.

This application must be submitted at any of the following points:

  1. Before the Migration authorities when entering Colombia.

2. Before the Correspondence Office of the Advisory Commission for the Determination of the Status of Refugees, located in Race 5 No. 9-03. In this case you can submit the application up to 2 months after entering the country.


3. Claim the safe-conduct in the office of Migration Colombia, after the Commission has authorized its issuance. The safe-conduct is a permit to be legally in the country during the process


4. Attend the personal interview, when the Commission has called the interview. This interview can be with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or in an office of Migration Colombia of the city where you are residing.
If the interested party does not appear in the interview, it will be understood as a withdrawal of the request. In that sense, Migración Colombia will be notified to proceed to cancel the safe-conduct that it has issued to the interested party and its beneficiaries.


5. Be notified of the Commission’s decision. You can go to the administrative act that resolves the request or wait for the electronic notification.

How long can this process take?

This process does not have an estimated duration, since it has no processing time established in the regulations that regulate it.

What is the Result of this Process?

It may be the recognition or not of the Refugee status of the interested party and its beneficiaries. The recognition of refugee status does not affect the immigration status of the interested party or his beneficiaries. To do this, you must start a Migrant Colombia visa application process as a Refugee.

What Characteristics Does the Migrant Visa for Refugees have?

This visa can be granted for up to three years and allows its holder to carry out any legal activity, including work or study.

How is the Application Process for the Migrant Visa for Refugees?

This process is carried out before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is a free procedure. For this, you must provide documents such as the Certificate of recognition of the status of Refugee granted by the Advisory Commission for the Determination of the Status of Refugees.

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