Visas Part 1

PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT FOR ALL VISAS, PROCESSING TIME IS FIVE (5) WORKING DAYS FROM THE MOMENT THE COMPLETE DOCUMENTATION IS RECEIVED.

 
 
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VISA APPLICATION

STUDY, GRANT OR DENIAL OF A VISA
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR VISA APPLICATIONS
CLASSES AND CATEGORIES OF VISA
COURTESY VISA
BUSINESS VISA
CREWMEMBER VISA
TEMPORARY VISA-WORKER
TEMPORARY VISA-SPOUSE OR PERMANENT COMPANION ON THE COLOMBIAN NATIONAL
TEMPORARY VISA-MINISTER OF RELIGION
TEMPORARY VISA-STUDENT
TEMPORARY VISA-SPECIAL
RESIDENT VISA-RELATIVE OF A COLOMBIAN NATIONAL
RESIDENT VISA-RESTRICTED
RESIDENT VISA-INVESTOR
VISITOR VISA
VISA-BENEFICIARY
TRANSFER OF A VISA
GENERAL
FORMS
VALIDITY

Visa applications
A visa application must be processed directly by the foreigner, or by the organisation to which he provides his services, or with which he is engaged, or is sponsoring him; or by his legal representative, or through an attorney, who must appear in person with his valid ID at the office responsible for issuing the visa. In all cases, the Visa Application form must be signed by the applicant.
In the case of artistic, cultural or the exporting groups, the Visa Application may be processed by the person who has signed the contract, his legal representative or attorney. For the purposes of the representation of legally incapable persons, the current provisions of Colombian law shall apply

STUDY, GRANTING OR DENIAL OF A VISA
The Consular Agent will review, study and verify documentation presented by the foreigner. For this effect:

1. The Visa Application will be studied only when the foreigner has supplied all documents required, for each type of visa.

2. In accordance with Article 16 of Decree 4000/2004, if the foreigner does not provide all the documents required or does not meet all the requirements, documentation will be returned to him and the application will not be formally received, but the applicant will be informed of the missing requirements.

3. The Consular Agent, at his discretion will have the option of interviewing the applicant in order to appraise the documentation presented to support the Visa Application, and for further clarification.

4. The Consular Agent will render his/her decision to issue or deny the Visa, with a note on the application form. In all events, the information given in the form is confidential, and reserved for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and may in no case be provided to the applicant for the visa or a third party, in accordance with the principle of confidentiality.


GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL VISA APPLICATIONS
For all types of visas, the foreigner must satisfy the following general requirements:

1. Presentation of a passport or valid travel document, in good condition, with at least two blank pages

2. Copy of the main page of the current passport, showing the personal details of the holder and the page which contains his latest Colombian Visa, if any, and the latest stamp of arrival in/departure from Colombia, as the case may be.

3. Visa Application, fully completed in capital letter and signed by the foreigner. Uncompleted application forms will cause the rejection of the application.

4. Two recent 3 x 3 cm frontal color photographs, with white background

5. Specific documents required for the particular Visa sought

CLASSES AND CATEGORIES OF VISA
Visas issued under Article 21 of Decree 4000/2004, as amended by Article 4 of Decree 2622/2009, are covered under the following classes and categories:

CLASS CATEGORY

• COURTESY
• BUSINESS
• CREW-MEMBER
• TEMPORARY WORKER
• SPOUSE OR PARTNER OF A COLOMBIAN NATIONAL
• MINISTER OF RELIGION
• STUDENT
• SPECIAL
• RESIDENT RELATIVE OF A COLOMBIAN NATIONAL
• INVESTOR
• VISITOR
• TOURISM
• TECHNICAL
• TEMPORARY

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE APPLICATION, DEPENDING ON THE CLASS OR CATEGORY OF VISA
COURTESY VISA


Usually restricted to foreign government representatives and officials from International organizations, the courtesy visa has been extended to permit foreign professionals or graduates to enter Colombia to carry out practical, hands-on employment, within the frame of bilateral agreements between governments or institutions. Previously, this category only applied to students who were in their authorized periods of practical training. Please contact the nearest Consular Office for further information.

BUSINESS VISA COST BETWEEN USD 270.oo AND USD 420.oo
Any foreigner applying for a Business Visa, will, in addition to the requirements mentioned above, attach one of the documents indicated in any of the following subsections, depending on his interest in entering Colombia.

1. Original letter from the legal representative of the foreign company promoting the foreigner´s trip. The letter must indicate the applicant’s position within the company and the detailed activities he will be undertaking in Colombia; the legal, strategic or economic link of the foreign company with Colombia if any; and a statement assuming the responsibility for the applicant during his stay in Colombia; an incumbency certificate or similar document, issued by the country of origin must accompany the application.

2. Original letter from the legal representative of the Colombian company promoting the foreigner´s trip. The letter must indicate the applicant’s position within the company and the detailed activities he will be undertaking in Colombia; the legal, strategic or economic link of the foreign company with Colombia if any; and a statement assuming the responsibility for the applicant during his stay in Colombia; an incumbency certificate or similar document, issued by the country of origin must accompany the application.

3. Original letter of invitation addressed to the applicant by a company established in Colombia, indicating the activities to develop in Colombia, and stating that it will be responsible for him during his stay in Colombia; an incumbency certificate must be attached.

4. Original letter of invitation or introduction of the foreigner by a Chamber of Commerce or government office for commercial or investment promotion, indicating the activities which the businessman will undertake in Colombia.

5. If the application for a Business Visa is made on the basis of a free trade agreement, association agreement or any other international agreement of an economic or commercial nature, of which Colombia is a party, the applicant must fulfill the conditions and requirements for entry and temporary permanence, as agreed to in the international instrument.

6. Original letter of introduction of the applicant as Head, representative or member of a foreign government´s trade office established in Colombia, to promote economic or commercial exchanges in or with Colombia.

7. If the applicant is not covered by the circumstances of the preceding subsections, he must provide relevant documentation to show that he is a business person and show evidence of his intentions to undertake market studies or negotiations for future sales, or establish a commercial presence in Colombia.
Note that the issuance of a Business Visa in subsection 7 above is at the exclusive discretion of the office responsible for issuing visas, taking into account the credibility and sufficiency of documentation presented by the applicant.

CREWMEMBER VISA COST USD 155.oo
A foreigner who requests a Crewmember Visa must attach the following additional documentation:

1. Original letter of the legal representative of the transport company, indicating the activities to be undertaken, and acknowledging its obligation before the Colombian government to respond for the permanence of the foreigner in Colombian territory, and his subsequent departure.

2. Original and recent Incumbency certificate of the company issued by the relevant authority


TEMPORARY WORKING VISA COST USD 295.oo
A foreigner who applies for a Temporary working Visa, must attach the following additional documents:

1. Contract or administrative act, as the case may be, or the form "Contract Summary”, duly completed, signed by both parties and their signatures authenticated by a Notary Public. The contract must state the object, duration, terms of engagement, transfer or move as the case may be, salary, position and functions; and it must specify that the employer shall, at the end of the contract or in a situation which prevents the performance of the activities set out in the contract, death, visa cancellation, deportation or expulsion in the terms of Decree 4000/2004, pay all expenses arising from the return to the country of origin or the last place of residence.

2. Certificate of incumbency or valid document accrediting the legal existence of the contractor (in case of a company). This document must be issued within the three months prior to the application. If necessary, the balances of the company will also be requested, in order to demonstrate economic solvency; or a photocopy of the tax return. If the contracting party is an individual, his economic solvency must be proved, with an income exceeding 10 minimum monthly wages, and a photocopy of the income-tax return for the last financial year.

3 . If a regulated profession such as medicine or engineering is to be performed, accreditation of suitability, and the corresponding permit, or provisional licence to practise, granted by a competent Colombian authority must be submitted. If the professional activity to be undertaken is not regulated, the applicant should supply evidence of professional qualification, duly authenticated by the Colombian Consulate. Any document issued outside Canada and Colombia must carry a legalisation by the Colombian Consulate of the country where the document comes from or an apostille issued by the Foreign Ministry of that country. There must also be an original letter from the contracting entity or employer responsible, certifying suitability on the basis of experience in the trade or activity to be undertaken in Colombia.
In the case of an artistic, sporting or cultural group which enters the country to take part in a public performance, a Temporary Visa-Worker may be issued for up to six months, subject to presentation of the documents indicated above, attaching a list of the members of the group, passport numbers and nationality, without prejudice of individually completing the Visa Application form and a photocopy or electronic return ticket.

TEMPORARY VISA-SPOUSE OR PARTNER OF A COLOMBIAN NATIONAL
COST USD 255.oo

A foreigner who applies for a Visa as spouse or partner of a Colombian National must attach:
1. A certificate of marriage issued by a Colombian Authority, or a certified photocopy of a judicial decision in Colombia, declaring the existence of a de facto relationship, as the case may be. Any of these documents must have been issued at least three months prior the date of the application for the visa
2. Certified photocopy of the Colombian ID (Cedula) of the Colombian citizen.
3. Original letter from the Colombian National requesting the visa for the foreigner, the signature on the letter must be legalized before a notary public or Colombian consul.

4. Form "Commitment to Report to the security police DAS", duly completed.
The spouse or partner of a Colombian National will be authorised by this visa to remain in Colombia as "housewife/student/independent/to be contracted”, subject to compliance with the regulations on the matter, for which the form "Commitment to Report to the security police DAS" must be completed and signed, as indicated above.
In the event the application is made to practise a regulated profession, the foreigner must be authorised specifically in his visa to do so, and for this purpose he must satisfy the same requirements in current regulations applicable to Colombian nationals. The foreigner will provide the demonstrating he is allowed to practise a regulated profession, such as the acceptance of equivalence or recognition of a professional qualification, a provisional permit or licence to practise, or a professional licence.
The Consular Agent, if necessary, may use its powers to require personal appearance of or interview with the Colombian National requesting the visa.
If the application for the Visa for a partner of Colombian National is presented to a Colombian Consular Office, the valid document which shows the de facto marital union, in accordance with the laws of the receiving country, could be accepted as valid. In any case, the Visa Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may determine that the foreigner must present the relevant court decision, act of conciliation or public deed, declaring the existence of the de facto marital union, in accordance with the Colombian legislation.
For the case of a Temporary Visa as Spouse of a Colombian National, in all cases the basic document is the Colombian Marriage certificate.

TEMPORARY VISA-MINISTER OF RELIGION COST USD 295.oo
A foreigner, who applies for a Temporary Visa-Minister of Religion, must attach the following documents in addition to the general requirements

1. Certificate issued by the Ministry of Interior and Justice of Colombia, or by the Archdiocese or Diocese as the case may be, stating that the church, confession on religious denomination is duly registered in Colombia.

2. Certification issued by the legal representative or hierarchical superior of the religious community, specifying the mission the foreigner will undertake, indicating his ties to the religious organisation.

3. Original letter from the legal representative or hierarchical superior of the religious organisation, undertaking to bear all costs of permanence, and return to the country of origin or last place of residence, of the foreigner and his family, if applicable, at the end of his engagement, or in situations which prevent him from undertaking his activities, or in the event of visa cancellation or deportation.
4. Documents showing the economic solvency of the church, confession, religious denomination, federation, confederation or Association of ministers of religion, or of the foreigner applying for the Visa, as the case may be
If the foreigner intends to undertake some additional activity directly related to his vocation or his religious community, he must request authorisation, attaching documents to show that he can practise such activities in Colombia, in accordance with the requirements established for Colombian nationals. If he is contracted by a company or entity, he must comply with the requirements for a work visa.

TEMPORARY VISA-STUDENT COST USD 65.oo
A foreigner applying for a Temporary Visa-Student, must attach the following additional documents:

1. Photocopy of the certificate of admission issued by the institution; or certified photocopy of the agreement between a sponsoring entity and the educational establishment, in which the educational establishment undertakes to accept the student under an inter-institutional agreement, if the applicant is an exchange student.

2. Photocopy of the Governmental Act or Resolution on the legal standing of the educational establishment, and if necessary, an operating licence or registration before the competent authority for the programme of study which the student is to attend, in the case of a private institution which only provides a non-formal education. This requirement does not apply to official education centres.

3. Original letter from the person economically responsible for the foreigner, and documents to show economic solvency for his stay in Colombia. Original letters of credit may be accepted as economic solvency, attaching a bank statement or similar document to show that the limit assigned is sufficient to maintain the student.

4. Certification or statement of an international organisation, public or private entity granting a scholarship, in the cases of scholarship students. The certificate of economic solvency of the holder or of his parents is also required, if the subvention or scholarship is only partial.

5. Authorisation of parents, and appointment of the person responsible for the student during his time in Colombia, authenticated by a notary or Colombian consul, in the case of minors. In these cases, the visa application, power of attorney or authorisation, as the case may be, will be signed only by the parents. If there are no parents, the person having custody or personal care of the minor will sign. If the parents are not in Colombia, it will be signed by whoever is duly authorised by them, or by the appropriate authority.

6. In the case of Student-Work-Study, document(s) accrediting a work-study programme as part of the study programme, as an academic requirement

7. In the case of studies other than primary, secondary, technical, technological, or higher education, university programmes at undergraduate level, graduate level, Masters level, diploma courses or university courses, there should be attached a certification or document from the institution, indicating the that the number of hours per week is not less than 10.

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