Permanent residency

Making Colombia your home

This type of visa is designed for people who have been living in Colombia for several years and plan to establish themselves within the country.

Who can apply for a  permanent residency visa

A permanent residency visa allows you reside in Colombia and come and go freely over a five year period.There are different ways to obtain this type of visa as listed below:

If you already have had one of the following temporary visas over a period of five years, then you can apply to exchange it for a permanent residency visa (Visa de Residente):

It is required to have had continual and uninterrupted renewal of these visas over a period of several years in order to be eligible for the permanent residency visa. 

There are also certain cases where a temporary visa is not initially required:

How to apply for a permanent residency visa

The visa is issued at the following address: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Avenida 19 No. 98-03, 3rd and 4th Floors, Bogota D.C.

When applying for residency with a Colombian national who is a spouse, an interview may take place with both parties.

Once you have a permanent residency visa you can apply for Colombian citizenship after staying in the country for 2-5 years, depending on your situation.


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