If you are a foreigner interested in living, working or making an investment in Colombia, it is important to know the type of visa you will need. Colombian work visa requirements vary and the documentation is different for all of them. In Colombia, there are three types of visas:
- Business (NE)
- Temporary (TP)
- Resident (RE)
These are regulated by Decree 0834 of 2013. Of these, work visas fall under the categories of TP and RE. Foreigners and companies can apply for any of this visas depending on the needs of each specific person. Sometimes the visa process can be difficult; for this reason, many foreigners choose to use the services of a professional company.
Colombian TP-4 visa
This type of visa is issued to foreigners who want to move to Colombia as a result of a labor or service contract with a company or a natural person residing in Colombia. This can also include artistic, sporting or cultural groups that enter the country with the purpose of providing public entertainment. This visa allows its holder to stay for the duration of the labor or service contract, but it cannot exceed three years. This visa has an approximate cost of US$252.
Colombian TP-9 visa
This type of visa issued for five years to foreigners that wish to move to Colombia under a refugee or asylum status granted by the State. This visa authorizes its holder to carry out any legal work in Colombia, including those that involve a labor contract. This visa has no cost.
Colombian TP-12 visa
This type of visa is issued for 90 days to foreigners that wish to enter the country in order to attend or participate, with or without a labor contract, in academic, scientific, artistic, cultural or sporting events, in an interview for a public or private recruitment process, company training, trade or business contacts and journalistic coverage. This visa has an approximate cost of US$107.
Colombian TP-13 visa
This type of visa is issued for 180 days to foreigners that wish to move to Colombia in order to provide specialized technical assistance, with or without a labor contract. This visa has an approximate cost of US$107.
Colombian RE visa
It is important to mention that temporary visas are the best option if the visa applicant has no desire to permanently reside in Colombia. Should the applicants have a long-term vision in Colombia, they should apply for an RE visa instead. Foreigners who have held a TP-4 or TP-9 for at least five uninterrupted years are eligible to apply for an RE visa. Foreigners are also eligible for this visa if they have a parent of a Colombian nationality or when the foreigner is Colombian by adoption or by birth. RE visa holders are authorized to exercise any legal work in Colombia. This visa is issued for five years and has an approximate cost of US$391.
These are only a few of the visas that the Colombian government can issue. If you are about to move to Colombia and you are unsure about which visa fits your needs, remember that every type of visa has specific requirements. Biz Latin Hub can provide you with expertise on Colombian visas.The Biz Latin Hub group was born from the need to answer all doubts, queries, and questions that our clients have regarding visa services, accounting services, customs or international trade in Latin America. Our team, Biz Latin Hub can help you to do business in Latin America. Contact David here.
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