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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.

Foreign nationals entering Colombia for business visits of up to 180 days require either a Business Visa (Migrant visa, subcategory 3) or an Entry Permit ("Permiso de Ingreso y Permanencia"). Migrant Visas are required for visa nationals, permit stays of up to 180 cumulative days in 365 days of visa use, and can be obtained either at a Colombian consular post abroad prior to entry, or in-country following entry under  tourist status (this applies only to non-restricted nationalities).  

All foreign nationals who engage in work activities in Colombia must obtain either a Visitor's Visa or a Migrant Visa (subcategory 5, M-5), depending on how long they shall remain in country. Visitors Visa (subcategory 13, V-13) have a maximum validity of 2 years, Migrant Visa of 3 years.  Both  serve as entry visas and work permits; however, foreign professionals (meaning those holding University Degrees secured abroad) are also required to obtain, in addition to their visa, the corresponding and applicable professional permit/degree validation/professional license before the local Professional Boards. Visitor and Migrant Visas allow multiple entries. After five years of continuous, uninterrupted residence under the Migrant Visa (subcategory 5, M-5), the foreign national can apply for a residence visa. Migrant Visas expire and become invalid if the foreign national leaves and remains outside of Colombia for more than 180 consecutive days. 

Note that approvals and denials are completely discretionary. 

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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