How to Obtain a Residence Permit for Colombia: Step-by-Step Guide

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What is it?

A residence permit for Colombia allows foreigners to live, work, or study in the country legally. This service simplifies the process by providing guidance on the necessary steps and documentation required to obtain the permit, ensuring a smooth transition for expatriates.

Who needs it?

This service is ideal for freelancers, remote workers, retirees, individuals with family ties in Colombia, and anyone looking to permanently relocate to Colombia for work, study, or personal reasons. It is particularly valuable for those unfamiliar with local immigration laws and bureaucracy.


  1. Determine your specific visa category based on your purpose of stay (e.g., work, study, retirement).
  2. Gather all necessary documents as per the requirements of your visa category.
  3. Fill out the online application form on the Colombian migration website.
  4. Pay the applicable visa fee.
  5. Schedule and attend an appointment at the nearest Colombian consulate or embassy.
  6. Submit your application and supporting documents.
  7. Wait for the processing of your application. If approved, you will receive your residence permit.

Required documents

  • Valid passport with at least 6 months of validity remaining.
  • Completed visa application form
  • Recent passport-sized photographs
  • Proof of financial stability (bank statements, employment contract, etc.)
  • Health insurance policy
  • Specific documents related to your visa category (e.g., employment contract, university acceptance letter, proof of retirement income)
  • Criminal background check from your home country

Providers that can do it for you

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Additional details

  • Ensure all documents are translated into Spanish by a certified translator if they are in another language.
  • It is advised to consult with an immigration lawyer to navigate complex cases.
  • Processing times can vary, so plan your move accordingly.
  • Some nationalities might be eligible for a visa exemption or have different application requirements.


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