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Colombia

If your company is sending employees to Colombia—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Colombia, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

Colombian law provides many solutions to help employers of foreign nationals.  Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility, and benefits for accompanying family members vary by visa classification.

  • Business travelers entering Colombia for a stay of up to 180 days require either a Business Visa (Migrant visa, subcategory 3 or M-3)  or an Entry Permit (Permiso de Ingreso y Permanencia or PIP) depending on their nationality. Visa nationals can apply for a Migrant Visa at a Colombian consular post or, if they hold a non-restricted nationality, in-country once they enter Colombia in tourist status.  M-3 visas generally permit a stay of up to 180 cumulative days in a 365 day period. 
  • All foreign nationals who engage in work activities in Colombia must obtain either a Visitor’s Visa (subcategory 13, or V-13) or a Migrant Visa (subcategory 5, or M-5), depending on their intended length of stay. Visitor’s Visas have a maximum validity of two years, Migrant Visas have a maximum validity of three years. Both serve as multiple entry visas and work permits. In addition to the visa, foreign professionals (those holding University Degrees secured abroad) must obtain the applicable professional permit/degree validation/professional license from the local Professional Boards. Under the Migrant Visa (subcategory 5, M-5), foreign nationals may apply for a residence visa once they have resided in Colombia for a continuous uninterrupted period of five years.  Migrant Visas expire and become invalid if the foreign national is absent from Colombia for more than 180 consecutive days.

 

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.

Fragomen in Colombia is affiliated with Godoy Córdoba Abogados, S.A.S.
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