Types of Colombian Visas 🇨🇴 Which One is Right For You?
I have no problem admitting it — I'm in love with Colombia!
I've been here on and off (mostly on) for almost two decades now and am hoping to even get citizenship soon, if things work out. I highly recommend that everybody come here and check the place out. It has so much to offer.
If you like this country even half as much as I do, you are going to want to stay here for more than the 180 calendar days you are allowed to be here per year as a tourist.
I really hope more people come here and stay, and even put down roots. Naturally, though, this has to be done the right way.
The immigration process is definitely a thing here in Colombia. In fact, it's getting more and more stringent, and even slight immigration violations are now being strictly enforced.
This is why I think this article needed to be written sooner than later. People need to be aware of the ins and outs of the process, and prepare accordingly.
This article will give you all the main details of the different types of Colombian visas available. It will help you make an informed decision about how and when you want to take your Colombian journey to the next level.
The Three Types of Colombian Visas
Just a few years ago, the entire Colombian immigration system got an overhaul.
Now visas have three different classes. These are:
The V or visitor-class visa. These are generally good for six months to a year. It's important to note that these types of visas are not residence-track.
The M or migrant-class visa. These visas are usually good for one to three years. They can lead to eventual residency in Colombia.
The R or resident-class visa. These visas are good for five years at a time, and the renewal process is a rubber stamp with a fee; you don't have to keep reapplying like you do for the other classes of visa.