How to Get Colombia Annuity Visa / Rentista Visa in 2021
The Colombia Rentista visa is referred to as the Colombian annuity visa in English. The Colombian government issues this type of visa to foreigners who receive income from a fixed income source like an annuity, rent from a rental property, dividends or interest. This source may not be a salary or commissions.
The Rentista visa was previously known as TP-7 visa. By end of 2017, Colombian government changed the Rentista visa. It is now known as the Migrant (M) visa of category 11 or M-11 visa for short.
This visa is designed to allow foreigners to receive a 3 years visa who receive income from a fixed income source. The Rentista Visa or Annuity Visa is a temporary residency visa which is renewed every 3 years and after 5 years can be converted to a permanent (resident) visa.
In order to qualify for Rentista visa, the following sources of fixed income are acceptable.
- Payments from an annuity or retirement fund
- Rent from a rental property
- Interests paid from loaning money
- Dividends or interest payments from investments in corporation
- Disability payments from an insurance settlement
- Payments from the sale of a business
The Rentista visa allows you to study in Colombia as well but you are not permitted to work in Colombia. Please be aware that the Rentista visa becomes invalid if you stay out of Colombia for 6 or more months consecutively.
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What Are Income Requirements For Colombia Rentista Visa?
The income requirement for Colombia Rentista visa (M-11) is 10 times minimum salary in Colombia. The minimum salary or “salario minimo” in Colombia is COP 908.526 pesos in 2021, which is roughly $259 USD per month.
At the current exchange rate in 2021, your minimum annuity or investment income must be at least COP 9,085,260 pesos which is about $2,655 USD* per month. So, if you receive a monthly income of $2,655 or more, then you may qualify for the Rentista visa. Colombia Visa officials require 6 month of bank statements showing this income in your personal bank account in order to receive the Colombian Annuity rentista visa. *Remember the USD value is just for reference. The Colombian visa office only uses the peso value when considering if you qualify. Search the internet for COP/USD conversion rates. Remember the Colombian peso and USD values fluctuate without warning. Plan for unexpected exchange rate changes.
Your monthly fixed income statement must be notarized, and legalized correctly with an apostille to be accepted by the Colombian government.
Please note that the ministry or consulates do not update the exchange rate that they use on a daily or weekly basis. You must pay attention to fluctuating exchange rate, and beware that each January the minimum wage is adjusted by the government to make up for inflation.
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What Documents Are Required For Colombia Rentista Visa?
The following documents are required for Rentista (M-11) annuity visa.
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.
Proof of Fixed Income:
Certificate issued by a public entity or private company, specifying the income paid to the foreign visa applicant and the amount must be over 10 times the monthly minimum wage in Colombia.
Digital visa photo, white background,100 Kb max size, jpg file. No ear rings, no hats, no white shirts.
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How to Apply for Colombia Rentista/Annuity Visa?
There are two ways to apply for Colombian Rentista/Annuity Visa
Applying for Rentista / Annuity Visa? from abroad
A visa applicant who wishes to invest in Colombia can apply for a Colombia Rentista/Annuity Visa online. In addition, any Colombian visa can be obtained at any Colombian consulate around the world. In the U.S., Colombia has consulates located in the following cities and states:
The Colombian visa application process is fairly easy as it can be completed entirely online. You can apply for a Colombia Rentista/Annuity Visa online here. This application will require scanned copies of all required documents in Adobe PDF format along with your passport photo in JPEG 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 added to your passport at a Colombian consulate. Once your Colombian investment visa has been approved and added to your passport, you are ready to travel to Colombia as a migrant and an investor.
Applying for Rentista/Annuity 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.
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