Applying for a Work Visa

Find out how to apply for a Colombian work visa, the process and the documents required...

Applications from outside Colombia

If travelling to Colombia for work, a permit can be applied for at the Colombian embassy or consulate in the country of origin. Contact details for Colombian embassies and consulates around the world can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Applications in person

Applications can also be made in person within Colombia at the following address:

  • At: Sede Norte: Avenida 19 Nº 98 - 03 Edificio Torre 100 Piso 3º, Bogatá
    Open: Monday to Friday 07:30-12:00 (for applications in person); Monday to Friday 14:00-15:00 (for persons having made applications online)

For a TP-7 visa, the application form DP_FO_67 must be completed; it is available online (PDF).

For a TP-4 visa, the application form DP_FO_68 must be completed; it is available online (PDF).

Alternatively, applications can be registered online on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. It is not a requirement but may speed up the process when applying in person.

A guide to the online application including the payment procedure and conditions relating to the uploading of documents can be viewed online (PDF).

Once an application has been filed it will be reviewed and either approved (aprobada), denied (negada) or a request for further documentation will be made.

If the application is accepted, it is necessary to proceed with the final payment instructions given by the authorities before taking the passport and payment receipt to the relevant Colombian consulate to have the visa printed and attached to the passport.

Documents Required

In order to apply for a TP-4 work visa in Colombia the following documents are required:

  • Valid passport, with a minimum of 180 days validity and two blank pages
  • Photocopy of last passport page (personal details) and photocopy of the last entry/exit stamp to Colombia and previous visa (if applicable)
  • Three 3cm x 3cm recent photographs on a white background
  • Work contract or signed and notarised contract of employment summary form (available online)
  • Proof of qualifications required to do the job (for example a degree certificate translated into Spanish with an apostille affixed to it
  • Employer details including registered name, previous income tax return, tax identification number (NIT), legal representation, six months bank statements supporting a minimum average balance equating to 100 months minimum wage in Colombia (approximately US$32,000).
  • Further information on the documents required is available in Spanish from the Colombian government portal

In order to apply for a TP-7 visa for self-employment in Colombia the following documents are required:

  • Valid passport, with a minimum of 180 days validity and two blank pages
  • Completed visa application form DP-FO-67
  • Three 3cm x 3cm recent photographs on a white background
  • Photocopy of last passport page (personal details) and photocopy of the last entry/exit stamp to Colombia and previous visa (if applicable)
  • Signed letter of explanation as to the business intention along with a résumé outlining the applicant's competencies in this activity and proof of necessary qualifications (translated into Spanish and an apostille affixed)
  • Bank statements proving economic self-sufficiency with the average amount over the last six months equating to 15 months or more legal minimum wage in Colombia
  • Further information on the documents required is available in Spanish from the Colombian government portal

Costs

There is a nominal fee for these visas when making the initial application (non-refundable regardless of whether or not the application is successful), followed by a further fee on acceptance.

In Colombia payment can be made at any branch of a GNB Sudameris Bank or at Servibanca ATMs.

If applying from abroad the payment methods vary according to the country. Payment advice is given on the acceptance of the visa request.

Applicants have 30 days to amend errors on a visa. If errors are not corrected within the time limit the applicant will have to reapply for a new visa.

  • Find up-to-date information on the work visa application process and costs for the TP-4 and TP-7 visas

Renewal

Applications for extensions and renewal of the work visa within Colombia can be made at the following address:

  • At: Sede Norte: Avenida 19 Nº 98 - 03 Edificio Torre 100 Piso 3º, Bogotá
    Open: Monday to Friday 07:30-12:00

Registration in Colombia

Holders of a visa valid for more than three months must register with Migración Colombia and apply for a foreigner's identity card (Cédula de Extranjería). Registration is required within 15 days of the visa issue date or within 15 days of arrival in the country.

Applications for the cédula and registration can be carried out at any regional office.