Proof of Relationship for USA and Colombian Marriage Visas
Historically documentation for the proof of relationship between two persons is the largest part of a visa application for the United States Marriage or Fiancee visa applications. Recently, during the last few years Colombia followed the United States and other countries asking for documentation which shows persons indeed have a relationship together.
Colombia currently in 2023, is limiting applications to 35 pages so you must plan which documents you believe help your application the most. Below are many examples of the types of documents we have found help our clients the most when proving a relationship is real and currently active.
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Understanding the Colombian Marriage Visa
The Colombian Marriage Visa is a legal document issued by the Colombian government. It is designed explicitly for legally married couples who wish to live together in Colombia. To be eligible for the Colombian Marriage Visa, applicants must meet specific requirements, which may include:
The applicant must be legally married to a Colombian citizen. Common marriages recognized in Colombia include civil and religious marriages registered with the appropriate authorities.
The couple must demonstrate that their relationship is genuine and not entered into solely to obtain a visa. This requirement is to prevent fraudulent marriages.
Benefits and limitations of the visa
The Colombian Marriage Visa offers several benefits to foreign spouses, including:
Holders of the Colombian Marriage Visa are allowed to work in Colombia without the need for additional work permits
The visa is dependent on the marriage remaining intact. If the marriage is terminated, the visa may be revoked, and the foreign spouse may need to leave Colombia.
Validity of the Marriage
The marriage should be legally recognized and valid in both the country where the marriage took place and in Colombia.
The Colombian spouse must have sufficient financial means to support the foreign spouse during their stay in Colombia.
The visa grants the foreign spouse the right to reside in Colombia for an extended period, typically up to three years.
Access to Services
The visa provides access to healthcare services, education, and other social benefits to Colombian residents.
The visa typically requires renewal after a specific period, and applicants must meet the renewal criteria to maintain their legal status in Colombia.
Rental Contract(s) or Joint Property Ownership
Invoices or Bills with Same Home Address
Joint Health Policies
Financial Accounts Together
Life, Travel, Auto or other types of Insurance
Joint Travel Intinerary, Hotel, Air, Car…
Children/Spouse Paid Education Invoices
Friends & Families Testimonies of Relationship
Condo Administration Residency Certificate
Passport Stamps Proof of Travel Together & Meeting in Person
Marriage Visa to Foreign Country
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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.
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.
Many visas require obtaining complicated documents in the United States or Canada. Just another reason why you should choose our firm.
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.