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How Create Your Colombian Company Online

How Create Your Colombian Company Online

Create your Colombian Company OnlineThere are many good reasons to establish a Colombian corporation, including: It limits the personal liability of shareholders and owners. Business owners may qualify for a Colombian residency visa. There are tax benefits....

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Top 9 Colombian Visas For 2024

Top 9 Colombian Visas For 2024

Are you considering a move to Colombia in 2024? Whether you’re looking to study, retire, invest, or reunite with family, Colombia offers a variety of visa options to fit your needs. In this blog post, we’ll explore the top nine Colombian visas, including the Student Visa, Pension Visa, Marriage Visa, Annuity Visa, Property Investor Visa, Business Investor Visa, Colombian Parent Visa, Beneficiary Visa, and the increasingly popular Nomad Visa. Each of these visas has unique benefits and requirements, making it essential to understand which one is right for you as you plan your new adventure in this vibrant and diverse country.

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What is the Colombia Rentista Visa?

What is the Colombia Rentista Visa?

The Colombia Rentista Visa, or Colombian Annuity Visa, is for foreigners with stable income sources like annuities, rental income, dividends, or interest. Income from salaries or commissions is not eligible. As of October 2022, it is a Visitor (V) Visa, valid for two years, and does not lead to residency or citizenship.

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What is the Beneficiary Visa?

What is the Beneficiary Visa?

Beneficiary visas are granted to individuals who have family relationships with the main visa holder. Immediate family members, as well as economically dependent individuals with handicaps, and children up to 25 years old, are eligible. The visa allows multiple entries but becomes invalid if the holder stays outside Colombia for over six consecutive months.

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What is the Colombian Student Visa?

What is the Colombian Student Visa?

Colombian Student Visa: For international students enrolling in Colombian educational programs. Length varies by program (6 months to 1 year, renewable). Financial proof required: COP 13,000,000 (approx. USD 3,333) for tuition and living expenses. Category: Visitor Visa (V). Essentials: Valid passport, enrollment letter, paid course invoice, health insurance. Stay at least 180 days/year.

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What is the Pension Visa in Colombia?

What is the Pension Visa in Colombia?

The Pension Visa in Colombia, now known as the Migrant (M) visa of category 11 or M-11 visa, is for retirees looking to live in the country. It’s valid for up to three years and requires a monthly income of at least USD 1,000.

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What is the Colombia Parent Visa?

What is the Colombia Parent Visa?

The Colombia Parent Visa is a Migrant Visa (M) designed for foreign nationals who become parents of a Colombian child, either by birth or adoption. This visa requires a Colombian Birth Certificate, a Letter from the Colombian Parent, or an ICBF Certificate. It is valid for 1-3 years and grants an open work permit along with multiple entries. After 2 years, holders can apply for a resident visa.

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Real Estate Agents in Colombia

Real Estate Agents in Colombia

13 Things Real Estate Agents in Colombia Unlike established markets in other countries, Colombia presents unique challenges for foreigners. The language barrier can be a significant obstacle, as many agents might not speak English fluently. Additionally, the absence...

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What is a Colombian Digital Nomad Visa?

What is a Colombian Digital Nomad Visa?

What is the Colombian Digital Nomad Visa? Designed for remote workers and freelancers. Valid for up to 2 years. Requires a minimum monthly income of 3,900,000 COP (Approx 1,000 USD) . Essentials: Valid passport, remote work certificate, work contract, travel insurance, possible criminal record request. Category: Visitor Visa (V).

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What is a Colombian Marriage visa?

What is a Colombian Marriage visa?

Colombian Marriage Visa (M): Designed for foreign spouses of Colombian citizens. Valid for up to 3 years. Requires: valid passport, certified marriage certificate, proof of relationship, Colombian spouse’s nationality, and financial stability. Marriage is a legally recognized union with mutual rights and responsibilities. Visa holders must stay in Colombia for at least 180 days per year.

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How to Obtain a Tourist Visa for the USA?

How to Obtain a Tourist Visa for the USA?

How do I Get a Tourist Visa for the USA? To get a USA B1/B2 visa, complete the DS-160 form online, pay the $160 fee, and schedule an interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Prepare required documents including a valid passport, DS-160 confirmation page, payment...

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What is the Colombian Property Investor Visa?

What is the Colombian Property Investor Visa?

Colombian Property Investor Visa: Valid for up to 3 years, this Migrant Visa requires a minimum investment of 455 million COP ( Approx 116,667 USD ). Key requirements include proof of property purchase, bank certification, title history, valid passport, criminal background check, and health insurance. Applicants must reside in Colombia for at least 180 days per year.

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Death Dating Apps

Death Dating Apps

Medellin, Colombia Dating App Murders These disturbing developments paint a concerning picture. Criminals are actively exploiting dating apps to target unsuspecting individuals, often luring them to secluded locations before assaulting and robbing them. Drugging...

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Colombian Laws for Recreational Drugs

Colombian Laws for Recreational Drugs

Colombian Laws for Recreational Drugs Colombia's legal framework surrounding recreational drugs is unique and nuanced. Here's a breakdown of the key points: 1. Decriminalization of Possession for Personal Use: In 2009, the Colombian Supreme Court ruled that possession...

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Colombian Tax ID

Colombian Tax ID

Colombian Tax ID What is the RUT? The RUT (Registro Único Tributario) is a unique tax identification number that is required for all individuals and businesses operating in Colombia. It is used by the Colombian tax authority (DIAN) to identify taxpayers and track...

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Official Translations

Official Translations

Official Online Colombian Certified TranslationsOn this page you may order translations online, and by doing so receive a discounted price. Here you may load up different documents you need translated. You may select options such as certified translations which are...

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USA Criminal Background Report

USA Criminal Background Report

USA Criminal Background for Colombian VisasCriminal background checks for Colombian visas: Recently Colombia has implemented a new requirement for many visa types to obtain a criminal background check in order to obtain a Colombian visa. Check your visa type to be...

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Property Purchase in Colombia

Property Purchase in Colombia

Quick Tips for Property Investments in ColombiaSpecial themes to keep in mind when purchasing a property in Colombia. Items you would not think about in other countries. From money laundering controls to squabbles between non-licensed "realtors" over commissions, we...

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Prostitution in Colombia

Prostitution in Colombia

Colombian Prostitution Laws & ConsiderationsProstitution is a highly complex social phenomenon, with serious impacts on human rights and economic, moral, cultural and personal implications that affect those who practice it. Physical and psychological violence,...

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Colombia Property Title Law

Colombia Property Title Law

Colombia Property Title LawThe process of selling a house in Colombia is more complicated than in other countries. First, you must ensure the deed has all the correct numbers. The papers are approved by the National Directorate of Taxes and Customs (DIAN). Then, the...

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How to Get Driver’s License in Colombia

How to Get Driver’s License in Colombia

How to Get Driver's License in ColombiaA lot of expats want to know how to get a driver’s license in Colombia. The rules for obtaining a driver's license in Colombia have changed since 2017. Even if you know how to drive, have driven in other countries, or hold a...

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How to bring Pets to Colombia

How to bring Pets to Colombia

How to Bring and Own Pets In ColombiaSo, now you got your Colombian visa and you are wondering how to bring your pet to Colombia. Let’s start with some good news: You do not need a pet permit or passport to travel to Colombia with your dog or cat. But there’s a catch....

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How to Plan for Divorce in Colombia

How to Plan for Divorce in Colombia

How to Plan for Divorce in ColombiaIf things don’t work out between you and your Colombian spouse, then you must know how to plan and file for divorce in Colombia. Suppose you have family connections or property in Colombia and are thinking about filing for divorce....

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Filing a Lawsuit in Colombia

Filing a Lawsuit in Colombia

Filing a Lawsuit in ColombiaIf you have been wondering how to file a civil or a criminal lawsuit in Colombia, then this guide is just for you. The procedure to file a lawsuit is different in every country. Since Colombia is a civil code jurisdiction, Administrative...

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How to Get Colombia Investors Visa

How to Get Colombia Investors Visa

Colombia Investors VisaThe Colombia Investors visa was both a temporary and a permanent Colombian residency visa. In 2024 the requirement to obtain a temporary migrant investors in Colombia is now 455 Million Pesos (or aproximately $117,000 USD). The investment must...

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How to Setup a Colombian Business

How to Setup a Colombian Business

How to Setup a Colombian BusinessIf you are wondering how to setup a Colombian business, then you have come to the right place. CL&A provides expertise services for the creation or modification of corporate constitutions and businesses; all types of commercials...

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Pandemic Business Deals

Pandemic Business Deals

Pandemic Business DealsIn 2022 it is still a great time to find distressed business deals, or even just empty business properties. Although we really saw great deals in 2020 and early 2021, you can still find great locations during 2022! Check out the popular business...

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What is a Colombian SAS Corporation?

What is a Colombian SAS Corporation?

What is a Colombian SAS Corporation?The Colombian SAS is one of the the most popular types of Colombian corporations. There are other options, but many foreigners choose to create a SAS when they are setting up a business in Colombia. What does SAS mean? A SAS is a...

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How to Create a Colombian Corporation

How to Create a Colombian Corporation

Create a Colombian corporation by choosing a business type, obtaining a legal representative, drafting bylaws, and registering with the Chamber of Commerce. Ensure compliance with Colombian tax and legal regulations for a smooth setup process

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How to Do Will Estate Planning in Colombia

How to Do Will Estate Planning in Colombia

Will Estate Planning In ColombiaPreparing a will in Colombia and planning for your family’s future is very important in general, but if you’re married in Colombia (or in a Civil Union or Common Law Marriage), have children or own real property, estate planning is...

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Popular Types of Colombian Visas

Popular Types of Colombian Visas

Popular Types of Colombian VisasColombia offers many types of Colombian visas to foreigners. Read on to find out the juicy details. If your ultimate goal in Colombia is to get Colombian citizenship or permanent residency, there are a lot of visa options that will get...

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How to Hire a Colombian Maid or Domestic Worker

How to Hire a Colombian Maid or Domestic Worker

How to Hire a Maid or a Domestic Worker in Colombia Ever wondered how to hire a Colombian maid or domestic worker. Then, this guide is for you. Read on. In Colombia, domestic service employees such as maids must be bound by an employment contract, that is, they cannot...

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Most Popular Colombian Visas

Most Popular Colombian Visas

Most Popular Colombian VisasThe most popular Colombian visas currently are: 1) the Colombian Pension Visa for retired persons, 2)The Colombian Property Investors visas which has two separate values at which you can qualify for a visa in.  3) The Colombian Marriage...

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Medellin Virtual Office

Medellin Virtual Office

Medellin Virtual OfficeColombia Legal & Associates is happy to offer Colombian virtual office (Oficina Virtual Medellin) services for those who are not yet present in Colombia or do not want the hassle and expense of maintaining a full office. If you don't have a...

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How to Sell Your Property in Colombia

How to Sell Your Property in Colombia

How to Sell Your Property in ColombiaIn Colombia, the most common forms of agreements used to acquire or sell real estate properties are the promise to sale and purchase agreement and the sale and purchase agreement. Before deciding to sell your property, you need to...

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How To Report a Crime in Colombia

How To Report a Crime in Colombia

How To Report a Crime in ColombiaColombia, with its rich blend of cultures and strong communities, is deeply committed to upholding safety and justice. Filing a police report, known as a denuncia, is not just an administrative task—it's a fundamental part of our...

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How To Pay Health Insurance Online In Colombia

How To Pay Health Insurance Online In Colombia

How To Pay Health Insurance Online In ColombiaYour content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module...

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How to Get Colombian Child Custody

How to Get Colombian Child Custody

Colombia Child CustodyIf the parents of a child have decided to separate or have already separated, both may establish child custody, and Colombian child support payments through the Colombian child custody agreement without having to go to court. This document is...

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Colombian Labor Contracts

Colombian Labor Contracts

Colombian Labor ContractsIf you are a foreigner living in Colombia, then you may be wondering about Colombian labor contracts before hiring anyone. It wont be very long before you realize that labor law here are much different than in many other countries (for...

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Labor Disputes and Contract Law in Colombia

Labor Disputes and Contract Law in Colombia

Labor Disputes Contract LawLabor disputes and contract law in Colombia is a hot topic that gets a lot of attention in the press. The labor laws in Colombia are set out by the Colombian Labor Code, conceived in 1950. The Labor Code itself has not changed much in recent...

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How To Adopt A Child From Colombia

How To Adopt A Child From Colombia

How To Adopt A Child From ColombiaChild adoption is a straight forward process but it has several steps. Since the process has quite a few steps, therefore, a lot of patience is required from the adopting parents while the adoption process is ongoing. From visiting...

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Employee Termination & Liquidations in Colombia

Employee Termination & Liquidations in Colombia

Employee Termination & Liquidations in ColombiaAs one of the most attractive Latin American communities, Colombia is known for its foreign investment. However, a couple of challenges that a person faces when starting a business and paying employees. The Labor Code...

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How to Get a Colombian Tourist Visa

How to Get a Colombian Tourist Visa

Colombia Tourist VisaHere you will find a list of the important requirements for the Colombian Tourist visa to be issued. Please note that If you do not have a bank account with the minimum required balance then you can get a sponsor. However, people that are...

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Colombian Prenuptial

Colombian Prenuptial

Colombian PrenuptialYou can enter into a prenuptial agreement in Colombia to protect assets which were acquired in the past, and which will be acquired in the future. Prenuptial agreements can be applied to both civil unions and regular marriages. Even if your assets...

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How to Get Married in Colombia

How to Get Married in Colombia

How To Get Married In ColombiaMarriages between Colombians and foreigners are becoming more common every year but the question remains, how to get married in Colombia? Here are some legal issues to considering before planning a Colombian marriage to make the process...

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How Renew Passport in Colombia?

How Renew Passport in Colombia?

How To Renew your Passport in ColombiaPassport Renewal Services in ColombiaIn addition to our extremely popular Colombian and USA visa services we also renew passports in Colombia. We can renew passports for the United States, Canada and many other countries for...

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What is a Living Trust in Colombia?

What is a Living Trust in Colombia?

Living Trust In ColombiaWhy Should I have a Living Trust in Colombia? Most importantly the assets placed into a Colombian trust cannot be forced into liquidation in divorces, taxes, or law suits. Trusts also represent an excellent way to reduce taxes for inheritance...

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How to Divorce in Colombia

How to Divorce in Colombia

To get a divorce in Colombia, you can opt for a mutual agreement divorce (divorcio amigable) which is quick and doesn’t require judicial intervention if both parties agree on all issues and there are no children involved. For contested divorces, or if there are children, judicial intervention is required. Legal assistance is recommended to navigate the process effectively.

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How to Make Foreign Investment in Colombian Real Estate?

How to Make Foreign Investment in Colombian Real Estate?

Secrets For A Successful Foreign Investment In Colombia Real EstateHere are some secrets of successful foreign investment in Colombian real estate. Get to know the tricky Colombia Title law, and common traps laid by sellers and real estate agents. Incorrect wire...

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5 Common Financial Scams in Colombia

5 Common Financial Scams in Colombia

Financial Scams in ColombiaSo, you want to know the most common financial scams in Colombia that foreigners should be aware of. A lot of foreigners travel to Colombia to enjoy their vacation, meeting and be with their significant other, purchasing property, retiring...

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What Are Colombian Corporate Tax Filings?

What Are Colombian Corporate Tax Filings?

Colombian Corporate Tax FilingsColombian Corporate Tax Filing: Understanding cultural differences when doing business in Colombia is something that takes time. Accountants in Colombia are very important to assist with your books on a weekly basis. It is very important...

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Colombia Work Visas

Colombia Work Visas

Colombia Work VisasIn December 2017 Colombia Introduced a new Immigration Law. As as result of this new immigration law, there are several Colombia work visa alternatives. Work visa alternatives like the Business owner visas now qualify for 3 years! The temporary work...

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Colombia Permanent Residency

Colombia Permanent Residency

Colombia Permanent ResidencyPermanent residency in Colombia is obtained by accumulating years with an M visa, directly by investing a large amount of money in a home or a business, adopting a Colombian child, or having a child with a Colombian. Please see the graph...

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Colombia Customs Import Export Laws

Colombia Customs Import Export Laws

Colombia Customs   Import - Export Colombian Customs or Aduana has many requirements which of course depend on the sector your working in. Here at Colombia Legal & Associates we have an experienced team which has extensive experience with Colombian customs law....

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