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VISAS-WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?
Currently there are 17 different types of Visa’s offered by the Colombia government. The following is copied from the English version of the Miami Consulate website. Review the following, or go direct to their Home Page at: http://www.consuladodecolombia.com to download forms required for visa applications.
Characteristics of the visa: Valid for a maximum of three (3) years; multiple entrances; it doesn’t allow the person to reside in the country; it doesn’t allow the production of salaries Commissions or fees in Colombia. The limited time per enter could not exceed six (6) months.
REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A BUSINESS VISA - NE
1.- Three passport pictures.
** OBSERVATION: All documents must be notarized and Apostille.
COST: US$150 (ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS).
There are different types of Temporary Visas:
Temporary Working Visa: The Interested must request this visa in the following cases:
The person is hired to work for a public o private institution in Colombia.
A student that it’s under scholastic agreement between a College or University in Colombia.
A person whom entered the country as a visitor or with technicians visa and would need to stay for a time superior to 45 days.
A Journalist that needs to work as a corespondent for a period of time.
The person it’s part of an artistic group, sports team, or any activity that it’s going to generate an income residual of a public presentation.
When a person is hired by a government agency.
Works for a Foreign Company and it’s relocated to work with the same company in Colombia.
Their Part of a missionary party and do not belong to a religious denomination.
CARACTERISTICS: Valid for 2 years, multiple entrances, for artistic groups or sport teams the maximum time assigned its 6 months.
REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A TEMPORARY WORKING VISA
Persons who can apply:
· Foreigner employed by a Colombian company.
Three passport pictures.
Valid passport or Document of Travel.
Fill in application form.
Photocopy of Passport or Travel Document.
Original and copy of the contract or letter of the company for which they request the visa.**
Letter of Compromise from the company that is hiring the foreigner requesting the visa, in which they assume financial support on the travel expenses to the country of origin when the contract or service is finished. (Decree 2107 Oct.8/2001). **
Certificate of incorporation and legal representation issued within a maximum precedence of 3 months. **
Certificate of Proportionality issued by the Ministry of Work and Social Security of Colombia.
Proof of experience, diplomas, licenses or certificates that indicate that the foreigner is suitable for the position. **
Police report. It must be translated into Spanish. **
** OBSERVATION: All documents must be notarized and Apostille.
COST: US$205 (TWO HUNDRED AND FIVE DOLLARS).
CARACTERISTICS: Valid for 2 years, Multiple entrances, in case that the foreigner desires to do an economic activity it must provide the documents that support such activity.
CARACTERISTICS: This visa it’s valid for a period of 3 years, multiple entrances, in case that the foreigner desires to perform a different activity besides home activities, such as study. It must provide the necessary documents.
CARACTERISTICS: It’s valid for one year and permits multiple entrances.
VERY IMPORTANT: In order to apply for this type of visa, the company that it’s requesting the visa for it’s representative, must be economically linked to a foreign company with operations in Colombia or with a native company.
CARACTERISTICS: Valid for 5 years, multiple entrances; the foreigner it’s aloud to assist to meetings in board of directors, develop new business deals, supervise the management of the enterprise. The person is not obligated to be register with the D.A.S (Administrative Department of Security.).
When the person it’s traveling for Medical Treatment, and will be hospitalized and requires after surgery treatment for a period superior to six months.
Needs to intervene on a Judicial or administrative process.
Is the owner of partner of a commercial establishment or partnership in Colombia.
Has de desire to live in Colombia as a retire pensioned.
Pretend to live in Colombia as a Land Lord.
It’s going to enter the country working for a non-profit organization or a N.G.O’s in order to assist with humanitarian and social programs.
Pretends to Marriage in Colombia with a Colombian citizen.
Pretends to make an adoption of a Colombian born child.
CARACTERISTICS: Valid for one year. Multiple entrances.
Develop activities as journalist, reporter, cameraman or photographer.
Develop commercial or business activities, such as business contacts, business meetings and/or training.
Attend on academic activities such as seminars, conferences, presentations or any other non-conventional studies.
Participate on interviews when selection of personnel.
When the person it’s traveling for Medical Treatment, and will be hospitalized and requires after surgery treatment for a period not superior to six months.
Participate on sporting, scientific or cultural events not remunerative.
Provide urgent technical support for a period not superior to 45 days.
CARACTERISTICS: this visa it’s valid for a period of 6 months, unless the visa it’s issued for a technical service, in which case the period of time would not exceed 45 days.
CARACTERISTICS: This visa it’s valid for 3 years and has multiple entrances.
There are various types of resident visas:
Visas that do not apply for acquiring resident visa: preferred, courtesy, business, crew member, temporary student, temporary entrepreneurship, temporary for medical treatments, temporary for official business, temporary for adoption, temporary visitor, tourist.
CARACTERISTICS: The period of time of this visa it’s related to the amount of time that the craft it’s going to stay in Colombia. The time could not exceed one year.
Also this visa can be assigned by request of the OIM (International Migration Organization).
CARACTERISITCS: The length of time of this visa its tree years, with multiple entrances.
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