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NEW 2022 Colombia Visa Law

Alert: Under simple terms, a new 2022 Colombian Visa Law has been published by the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Bogota!  Officially A New Colombian Visa Immigration resolution was signed and entered into the record on July 22, 2022. This means that the new resolution will go into effect in 90 days, exactly October 21, 2022. The Colombian visa rules are defined by resolutions made by the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Relations in Bogota, Colombia. The official Spanish version of the 2022 visa rules is defined in Resolution number 5477, which can be seen downloaded in the original Spanish format here: The new visa resolution is a MAJOR overhaul of the last visa resolution. The 5477 resolution has removed some instant residency visas, downgraded some visas, and created more requirements for health insurance and criminal background checks but left us with some new visa types as well.

Observations of major changes will be outlined below. The rest of our website will be updated as quickly as possible to inform all of our website visitors of important changes in the new resolution. Keep in mind as the visa office implements the new resolutions we will see how the administrators in the visa office interpret this new resolution.

Bottom line, if you plan on renewing or applying for a visa in 2022, try to do it before October 21, 2022, because it will most likely be easier and cost less to do so. Most visas will see requests for more documentation.

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Below is a list of the newly organized and recategorized Colombian Visas: 

Popular Types of Colombian Visa

Visitor Visa (V)

1) Airport transit 

2) Tourism

3) Business

4) Student

5) Medical Treatment

6) Administrative and/or Judicial Procedures

7) Crew

8) Seasonal Farm Worker

9) Events

10) Religious

11) Religious Student/Volunteer

12) Volunteers or Cooperators

13) Large Format Film or Documentary Productions

14) Digital Nomad – 
This is a new visa that allows foreign workers to work remote for a foreign company while living in Colombia

15) Journalistic Coverage

16) Permanent Correspondent

17) Technical Assistance

18) FTA Entrepreneurs

19) Non-Accredited Officials

20) Vacation and Work

21) Labor Practice

22) Service Provider – Work Work

23) Promotion of Internationalization

24) Rentista – Downgraded from Migrant visa to Visitor Visa

25) Unforeseen cases


Courtesy Type (V) Visa

1) Visiting Diplomats

2) ICETEX Program

3) International Agreements

4) Film Law

5) Complementary Measure

6) For Unforeseen Cases

Migrant Visa (M)

1) Spouse of Colombian Nationality

2) Permanent Partner of a Colombian National – Downgraded will require yearly renewals and must have 1 year since certifying relationship. Now inferior to regular marriage.

3) Mother or Father of Colombian Nationality by Adoption –  Downgraded from Instant Permanent Residency.

4) Father or Mother of Colombian Nationality by Birth – Downgraded from instant Permanent Residency

5) Mercosur Migrant

6) Andean Migrant

7) Refugee

8) Worker

9) Partner or Owner of a Colombian Business

10) Independent Professional

11) Pension – New Health Insurance Requirements, Criminal Background Check,  and Mental Health Certifications for Veterans.

12) Promotion of Internationalization

13) Investor

14) Stateless

Permanent Resident Visa (R)

1) By Renunciation of Nationality

2) By Accumulated Time of Permanence in Colombia

3) By Application of the Temporary Statute of Protection for Venezuelan Migrants

4) Peace Special Resident

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Visa Requirements are:

Inventory of Assets – Minors of Either Parent Require a months long process called inventory of assets

Marriage License / Permission  Notary time to issue permission to marry may take 15 business days.

Notary calendar Opening for marriage – may be booked for more than a month so be prepared to shop around different notaries

Notary Approvals Vary – Documents which work in one notary may not be approved in another notary and vice versa.

Power of Attorney – If your not in the country its important to get a power of attorney to allow a person to present documents on your behalf to push process forward.

Advanced Approval – If your on a tight travel schedule be prepared to express mail all of your original documents so that notary will put your marriage on the calendar before you arrive.

Marriage of Two foreigners – may not get married in Colombia if they have not been living here a very long time. Possible Solution is the CIVIL UNION. (ask James Lindzey for more info)

Old Documents not Valid –  may not be presented. All FOREIGN documents must be less than 90 days old.

City of Domicle – You must marry in the same city that you reside in.

 Colombian Citizens – must have original cedula to marry

Certificate of being single – had different requirements depending on the notary. Sometimes this may be declared in Colombia but other times this document must come from country of origen. This is a very delicate and potentially marriage stopping document. (ask James Lindzey for more info on this subject)

Place of Translations – Depending on the notary you will have to translated all documents to spanish either in your home country or in Colombia. This depends on the notary.

Same Sex Marriages – are legal but certain notaries may make your life difficult.

Document Certifications (Apostille or Legalization) – Documents must be apostilled or legalized before you bring them to Colombia.

Previous Divorces – If you were divorced then you must get a new copy of your divorce, apostille/legalize and translate.

Colombian Registration of Previous Divorces – Some Colombians forget to register dirvoce(s) from previous marriages from their birth certificate. This can cause a loss of important time during process.

Previous Name Changes – If anyone has changed a name then name change documents must also be presented in legalized format as explained above.

Birth Certificate must match Cedula or Passport  If a birth certificate for either side is not exactly the same as the Colombian ID, or Passport, then the ID or passport must be corrected before the marriage is allowed.

 Post Marriage Name Changes – Name changes are allowed for Colombian Citizens. (keep in mind childrens last names have special rules, but you  may also change childrens names after birth in the case you want them to have fathers last name only)

Use Estate Planning & Prenuptials – Remember Colombia has a prenutials, living trusts to protect your assets. Living with someone for 2 years in Colombia automatically creates a civil union. If you will move to another country get a prenput for that country as well.

Use an Expert in Foreign Marriages to help – As you can see many things can go wrong with a marriage in Colombia, especially when organizing marriage with a foreigner. Many people have to get documents from overseas 2 times due to strict marriage laws.

Symbolic Marriage – Is a Colombian marriage too complicated? Alternately you may use  a Symbolic Marriage for the family

Why Use Our Agency For NEW 2022 Colombia Visa Rules? 

Since 2005, our legal firm Medellin Lawyer has helped clients who want to get a US visa. 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 or by a judge.

Applying for 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.

About 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.

Visa by James Story:

James Lindzey the owner of Medellin Lawyer and 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.

About Our Visa Services

We can guie you through the most Complicated Immigration Situations. Our aim is to make life easier for expatriates in Colombia! 

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 visa application 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.

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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