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How to Get Colombia Student Visa in 2021

The Colombia student visa is intended for foreign students who want to enroll in an academic program at a school or university in Colombia. To be eligible for a student visa you need to be enrolled in a public or private educational institution.

This institution must be recognized by the Colombian government. Most universities in Colombia are recognized and are approved for the purpose of obtaining Colombia student visa. In addition, you need to be taking at least 10 hours of classes per week.

A student visa is very popular among foreigners who to study and stay in Colombia for a longer period of time and is quite easy to get. The length of student visa depends on the length of the educational program that you have enrolled into. In most cases, the length of stay is more than 6 months and up to 1 year.

The Colombia student visa was previously known as the TP-3 visa. The student visa is typically valid for the time you are enrolled in an approved school. By end of 2017, Colombian government changed the student visa and is now known as a Migrant (M) visa of category 9 or M-9 visa for short and Visitor (V) visa. Furthermore, if you have an existing TP-3 student visa, it doesn’t change to one of the new types of student visas.

Recommended Reading: Colombia Visa Guide

Why Study in Colombia?

In Colombia, educational programs are very varied and rich in content, quality and are recognized worldwide. Therefore, every year a good number of foreigners travel to Colombia to study at undergraduate and postgraduate level at public and private universities. For the most part, students feel very comfortable with the environment, academic training offered at institutions, enjoy natural tourist attractions and quality of life.

If you plan to study in Colombia for more than six months, it is essential to previously request a Student visa this one depends of what kind of studies are you thinking to apply for.

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Who are the types of Colombia Student Visa?

The Colombia student visa is primarily divided into two categories.

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Migrant (M-9) visa

The M-9 student visa is intended for those studying a degree program, like for a bachelor’s degree. Both visas can be for longer than one year depending on the length of studies. In addition, with the new M-9 or V student visas you are not permitted to work in Colombia. This is the same as the previous TP-3 student visas.

 Also, an M-9 visa loses its validity if you leave Colombia for over six months without returning. The cost for the M-9 student visa is $67 USD. This is higher than the previous TP-3 student visa that cost $55. So, the visa price has increased somewhat for the new student visa.

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Visitor (V) Visa

The V student visa is intended for non-degree programs like studying Spanish Also, once you have a Visitor (V) visa you reportedly can no longer apply for another visa while in Colombia. To apply for another visa when you have a Visitor student visa you have to go to a foreign consulate in another country.

Note the Visitor (V) student visa for studying Spanish is now reportedly being granted for only for a maximum of six months according to visa agencies we have talked to with the possible exception of studying Spanish at Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, which may still qualify for a year-visa.

What Academic Programs Qualify for Colombia Student Visa?

The following academic programs qualify for Colombia student visa.

1. Academic exchange, studies in art or crafts and postgraduate
To participate in academic exchange program, to advance art or craft training, or to engage in different educational programs at postgraduate level.
2. Intern or Trainee
The visa can be granted with validity up to 2 years considering the activity that is proposed abroad in Colombia
3. Students of primary, secondary, media and undergraduate.
You can apply for the foreigner admitted by an educational institution in Colombia to attend preschool, primary, secondary, and middle and undergraduate studies.

This type of visa will be valid for three years. When the duration of the studies is less than three years, the visa may have a lower validity.

The duration of this visas will depend of the academic program, with multiple entries the duration of each course, usually have a validity between 2 to 3 years.

So that you can enroll in a public or private educational center, institute or university in the country. Remember that before applying for a visa, the foreigner must have been accepted into an academic program in Colombia with a minimum duration of (10) hours per week. Only students who wish to participate in these duly registered courses can obtain student visas.

That is, this kind of visa applies to foreigners who wish to enter the national territory in the development of an academic program, with or without a scholarship, given by an educational or training center in the country duly certified for that purpose, or by virtue of an academic agreement of exchange and student internship. Also, when the foreigner wishes to enter the national territory to be trained in an art or trade.

In the present case the validity of the visa will be up to five (2/5) years considering the total duration of the academic program, with multiple entries.

The permanence of the foreigner the validity of the Temporary Visa will end if the foreigner is absent from the country for a term greater than one hundred and eighty (180) continuous days or 6 consecutive months.

In any case you must be accepted to an educational institution, you must show that you have enough funds or resources. You can also show that you have a sponsor who will be provide all the financial support you need during your stay as a student in Colombia.

 What are the Financial Requirements for Colombia Student Visa?

 

A letter (in Spanish) from the person with economic responsibility for the student guaranteeing the expenses of the student and documents showing economic solvency. If you are the student, the letter should say you will be financially responsible for yourself while in Colombia.

To show “economic solvency” you could use a bank “certificate” showing the average balance over the past six months is greater than 10 times the legal minimum wage in Colombia or 8,281,160 pesos ($2,550 at an exchange rate of 3,247 pesos to the USD) in 2019. And this certificate should be notarized and translated.

Another alternative is that you can provide six months of bank statements with no need for translation of bank statements. Also, credit card statements which show a sufficient available balance could be used.

What Documents are required for Colombia Student 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.

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.

Admission Letter:

Certificate of admission or enrollment to studies of elementary school, high school or higher education in undergraduate school authorized in Colombia.

Proof of Existence and Legal Representation:

Photocopy of “certificate of existence and legal representation” from the university.

Proof of Financial Sponsorship or Economic Solvency:

Authorization of the parents and designation of the person responsible for the student during his/her stay in Colombia, authenticated by a Colombian notary or consul in the case of minors.

Legalization Of Financial Sponsorship Document:

Translated and notarized financial sponsorship document

Passport photo:

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 Student Visa?

 

Applying for Student visa from abroad

A visa applicant who wishes to study in Colombia can apply for a Colombia student visa online. In addition, any Colombian visas can be obtained at any Colombian consulates 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 Student 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.

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Applying for Student 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.

Why Use Our Visa Agency For Getting Colombia Student 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.

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