RE

See the procedure on the Portal of the Colombian State:

RE: The Resident Visa is granted to aliens wishing to enter the country with the intention of settling in. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs may issue this visa to the alien who wishes to stay in the national territory in the following cases:

  • When the alien is a parent of a Colombian national.
  • When both parents of a Colombian national are aliens.
    • A child born in Colombia from alien parents when one of them is living in the country at the moment of the child’s birth. 'Living in the country' means they are holders of a valid residence visa.
  • In accordance with Law 43 of 1993, when the alien having been Colombian by adoption or by birth, has renounced Colombian nationality. In this case the validity of the visa shall be indefinite.
  • When the alien has held one of the following TP visas for a minimum of five (5) continuous and uninterrupted years:
    TP-3
    TP-4
    TP-5
    TP-7
    TP-9
  • When the alien has held the TP-10 Visa for a minimum of three (3) continuous and uninterrupted years.
  • In accordance with Article 5 of the Agreement on Residence for Nationals of the States Parties of Mercosur, Bolivia and Chile, when the alien has held the TP-15 Visa for a minimum of two (2) continuous and uninterrupted years.
  • When the adult alien has held the RE Visa at least for a period of five (5) continuous and uninterrupted years.
  • When as investor, the alien has registered a foreign investment before the Central Bank (Banco de la Republica) with more than six hundred and fifty (650)  current legal monthly minimum wages.
  • The alien holder of the RE visa shall be authorized to exercise any legal occupation in the country, including those that are developed under an employment contract. This kind of visa shall be issued without prejudice of the legal requirements for the exercise of each profession or occupation in the country.
  • In this case the validity of the RE visa shall be five (5) years.
  • The permanence of the alien holder of the RE visa shall be the length of the visa’s validity.
  • The alien holder of the RE visa that leaves the country for a period of two (2) years or more shall lose its validity.

Requirements:

  • Attach a copy of the personal data page of your current passport where the holder’s personal information is registered.
  • Submit a passport or travel document issued by an Authority or State recognized by the Colombian Government, with a validity of one hundred eighty (180) days, in good condition, with at least two (2) blank pages.
    Without prejudice to the provisions of treaties and current international instruments, travel documents issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the United Nations (UN),  shall be valid and accepted by the Colombian State.
  • Copy of the passport page which was stamped during the last entry or exit of Colombia as appropriate.
  • For visas previously granted without Fast Reading Code (FRC), attach a copy of the page showing the last Colombian visa. If that visa was granted withFRC, this requirement is not necessary.
  • If the procedure will be done through a proxy, attach the power of attorney duly granted.

Additionally, depending on your case, you must provide the following requirements:

  • When one parent is Colombian - Attach the documents listed in the first four points and certified copy of the Colombian Birth Certificate of the child, and a) when the Colombian national child is a minor, the applicant must submit a signed notification by the Colombian parent requesting the visa and stating that the alien parent is in material compliance with the due maintenance obligations and that there is no measure of protection or restoration of rights imposed by authority of family (in case of death of the Colombian father and mother or dissolution of the marital bond or de facto, the alien father or mother shall provide the respective death certificate or  Colombian family certification authority in which it is stated that the alien has been complying fully with its maintenance obligations) or b) When the Colombian child is of age, s/he must submit a letter signed by him/her requesting the issuance of the RE Visa to the alien parent.
  • When both parents are aliens: a) A certified copy of Birth Certificate of the child born in Colombia, issued under the organization and direction of the Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil, with notation that indicates validity to prove nationality or that one of the parents was domiciled in Colombia at the time of birth of the child. b) When the child is a minor, submit a letter of application for the visa signed by the alien stating that s/he fully complies with the corresponding maintenance obligations and that there is no measure of protection or restoration of rights imposed by a family authority, c) When the child comes of age, you must submit a letter signed by him/her requesting the issuance of the RE visa, accompanied by a photocopy of his Citizenship Card. d) When the alien applicant is parent of a Colombian through adoption, the Birth Certificate shall be valid as long as the laws of the issuing country prove kinship.
  • For those who have renounced to the Colombian nationality - Attach the documents described in the first four points and a photocopy of the certificate of renunciation of Colombian nationality
  • TP Visa holder for a period of five (5) continuous and uninterrupted years: a) Copy of the TP-3, TP-4, TP-5, TP-7 TP-9 Visa accompanied by a certificate of Migratory Movement issued by the Special Administrative 'Migración Colombia' Unit within three (3) days prior to the date of application for the visa months.
  • TP-10 Visa holder for a period of three (3) continuous and uninterrupted years: a) Copy of the TP-10 Visa or Temporary Spouse or Permanent Companion of a Colombian, and safeguard if these were requested, accompanied by a Migratory Movement certificate issued by the Special Administrative 'Migración Colombia' Unit within three (3) months prior to the date of application for the visa. b) Letter signed by the spouse or permanent companion of a Colombian national requesting the issue of this visa for the alien’s spouse or life partner. In case of death of a Colombian spouse or life partner, the death record must be submited.
  • Mercosur Visa holder over a period of two (2) continuous and uninterrupted years: Attach the documents listed in the first four points, a) Copy of the TP-15 visa, b) a certificate stating lack of criminal record issued by the Colombian authorities, c) Certificate of Migratory Movement issued by the Special Administrative 'Migración Colombia' Unit, in advance of no more than three (3) months, d) Copy of Foreigner's ID Card e) a document certifying occupation or source of income.
  • Beneficiary of legal age - Attach the documents listed in the first four points and, a) Copy of the RE or Resident Visa from both the beneficiary and the holder and the safeguard, if these were requested, accompanied by the certificates of Migratory Movement of the applicant and the alien from which s/he has been benefited, issued by the Special Administrative 'Migración Colombia' Unit  within three (3) months preceding the date of visa application, and b) a document certifying occupation or source of income.
  • Capital investment - Attach the documents listed in the first four points and a notification issued by the Departamento de Cambios Internacionales del Banco de la República (Foreign Exchange Department of the Central Bank) stating the foreign direct investment registration to its name and which amount exceeds six hundred and fifty (650) monthly legal minimum wages.
  • Fill out the visa application electronically through the following link: Visa Application. In the case of artistic, sporting and cultural groups the visa application may be filled out by their representative. Be thorough with the information of each of the group members.

Remember:

  • For your visa to be stamped on your passport, you must submit it to the consulate where your application was completed or to the offices in Bogota. You can enter Colombia presenting the  electronic visa that you received in your email.

Note: If you submit your application on-site, you are not required to bring photographs with you. These will be taken at the dispatching office.

Costs and Payment Methods

Visa Type Visa Study Visa
Resident USD $ 52 USD $ 391
PSE Payment Guide
Servibanca Payment Guide

The receipt of the visa study is valid for thirty (30) calendar days, provided your application has been required. If your application has been declared 'non-admissible'  and you are interested in starting  a new application, you must make a new payment for visa study.

If your application is approved, remember that you have up to fifteen (15) calendar days to pay for your visa with the same slip you received when paying for the visa study. After this period, the authorization will expire and you must make a new application. Once you have pay for the printing or stamping of the visa, you can go to the Visa Office in Bogota if you are in Colombia.

  • You must make the payment in cash and in Colombian pesos at the GNB Sudameris Bank branch located in the visa office at Av. Cra 19 98-03 3rd in Bogota. Debit or credit cards will not be received.
  • Nationwide Servibanca ATMs Network
  • Pago por PSE para lo cual debe contar con una cuenta activa en Colombia, habilitada por la respectiva entidad financiera con el servicio para pagos electrónicos.

 

 
Visa Types

EUROPE AND CUBA
Cost in Euros

REST OF THE WORLD
Cost in Dollars

Study Visa Study Visa

Resident

€ 40

€  301

$ 52

$ 391

 

PSE Payment Guide

Electronic Payment: done through the Internet. For this you must use the Electronic Payment System pressing the secure online payment button. To know how the Electronic Payment System works you can consult our Citizen Guide through PSE. Note that to make your payment through PSE you must have an enabled  bank account in Colombia with an online payment option.

 

List of consulates receiving Money Order for payment:

  • Atlanta, United States
  • Boston, United States
  • Calgary, Canada
  • Chicago, United States
  • Houston, United States
  • Los Angeles United States
  • Miami, United States
  • Newark, United States
  • New York, United States
  • Orlando, United States
  • San Francisco, United States
  • Toronto, Canada

Note: When you plan to start your procedure, check with the nearest Consulate about the available payment methods

 

 

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