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
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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.
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
4. Two recent 3 x 3 cm frontal color photographs, with white background
5. Specific documents required
for the particular Visa sought
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.
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
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.
4. Form "Commitment
to Report to the security police DAS", duly completed.
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.
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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