Colombia introduces new visa categories and requirements

Due to new immigration regulations, Colombia has introduced new visa categories and requirements. Resolution 6045 of August 2, 2017 annulled Resolution 5512 of September 4, 2015. Resolution 6045 will be effective 90 business days from its publication date.

Conditions and validity of visas issued prior to Resolution 6045 coming into force will remain the same. However a new visa, following Resolution 6045, needs to be applied for prior to the current visa expiry date.

The visa sub-categories have been reorganized based on the new regulations and are now set up as follows:

  • Visitor (V)
    This category applies to tourists, business travelers, ships’ crew, short-term service providers, lecturers, artists and trainees, among others.
    Validity: up to two years
  • Migrant (M)
    This category applies to Mercosur nationals, foreign spouses and partners of Colombian nationals, foreign nationals employed in Colombia, investors, students and others.
    Validity: up to three years
  • Resident (R)
    Applies to foreign nationals who want to reside permanently in Colombia.
    Validity: indefinitely

Furthermore new terms have been introduced such as “work permit” (granted automatically for the visa holder to work in the country) and “transversal permit” (granted automatically for the visa holder to carry out business negotiations, market research, direct investment plans and enterprise creation).

Under the new Resolution, the visa holder must request the visa stamp within 30 days after it has been granted electronically. Previously, visa holders had up to two months to request a visa stamp. 

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This news alert was prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Crown World Mobility.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.  If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Marielle Nihot, Global Immigration Program Coordinator.

Colombia introduces new visa categories and requirements