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Traspaso de Visa in Colombia: A Comprehensive Guide for Residents

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Countdown toTraspaso de Visa for Residents in Colombia: Deadline Approaching!

The deadline to carry out the Traspaso de Visa under the transition regime of Resolution #5477 of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs dated July 21, 2022, expires on October 20, 2024. This process was established by the authorities of the country in 2022.

Resolution number for colombian visa applications
Resolution #5477 of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs establishes the "Traspaso de Visa" for foreigners residing in Colombia.

In this article, we will explore the topic of Traspaso de Visa in Colombia to address key questions:

(1) What is the deadline for requesting a visa transfer?
(2) Who does it apply to?
(3) What are the required prerequisites?

All this and more in this comprehensive visa guide.

Who Must Carry Out the Traspaso de Visa in Colombia in 2024?

The “Traspaso Visa” process outlined in Article 105 of Resolution 5477 applies to foreign residents in Colombia holding specific types of long-term visas, including:

1). For loss or theft of the passport.

2). By change of passport if the holder so desires.

3). When the visa has been issued with typographical errors and its correction has not been requested within fifteen (15) calendar days from its issuance.

Art. 105 of Resolution #5477 of 2022 establishes the cases in which the "Traspaso de Visa" is required in Colombia.
Art. 105 of Resolution #5477 of 2022 establishes the cases in which the "Traspaso de Visa" is required in Colombia.

4). Due to a change of company name of the contracting company under the same tax identification number, or due to a change of job position within the same contracting company.

5). When it is necessary to add another employer to the one authorized on the visa, this is permitted as long as the work is related to the activities specified in the current visa. Such changes must be reported to the Special Administrative Unit of Migration Colombia and the Ministry of Labor. However, adding these activities will not extend the validity of the existing visa.

6). Permanent Resident (R) visa holders must request the transfer of their visa every five (5) years in accordance with Article 86 of this Resolution, at least one month before the expiration date.

Permanent Residents must carry out Traspaso de Visa in accordance with the regulations established by Colombia in 2022.
Permanent Residents must carry out Traspaso de Visa in accordance with the regulations established by Colombia in 2022

What is the deadline for Permanent Residents to carry out the Traspaso de Visa in Colombia?

Article 123 of Resolution #5477 of 2022 establishes a maximum deadline for requesting a Visa Transfer (Traspaso de Visa) for holders of Permanent Resident (R) visas issued under previous resolutions. It states that the request must be made “within two years following the regulation’s entry into force.”

Time response visas
On October 20, 2024, the deadline for permanent residents to complete the Visa Transfer (Traspaso de Visa) in Colombia will expire.

This deadline, according to official statements from the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expires on October 20, 2024. Therefore, the countdown for Traspaso de Visa is underway for thousands of foreigners residing in the country.

Requirements for Traspaso de Visa in Colombia

According to Article 106 of Resolution #5477 of 2022, applicants for a visa transfer must:

  1. Meet the general requirements for a visa application.

  2. Provide a copy of the visa they wish to transfer and the corresponding foreign identification card (Cédula de Extranjería), where applicable.

  3. Provide a Certificate of Migratory Movements (Certificado de Movimientos Migratorios) issued by the Special Administrative Unit of Migration Colombia.
The Certificate of Migratory Movements is necessary to obtain the Traspaso de Visa in Colombia."
The Certificate of Migratory Movements is necessary to obtain the Traspaso de Visa in Colombia.

4. Provide a document certifying the validity of the circumstances or conditions that led to the granting of the visa. This requirement does not apply to the transfer of the Permanent Resident (R) visa.

5. Submit a letter stating the reason for the visa transfer (Traspaso de Visa).

6. Principal holders and beneficiaries of previous Permanent Resident (R) visas who do not request their transfer before expiration must provide a safe conduct document (“Salvoconducto“).

The "Salvoconducto" is required for Permanent Residents when they do not carry out the Traspaso de Visa in a timely manner.
The "Salvoconducto" is required for Permanent Residents when they do not carry out the Traspaso de Visa in a timely manner

General Document Recommendations for Traspaso de Visa:

 
Foreign documents must have the formalities of apostille, legalization and translation.
The Apostille, legalization, and translation of documents from abroad may be required in the Traspaso de Visa process.

One issue that often causes delays and headaches for foreigners applying for residency visas in Colombia is the requirement for apostille, legalization, and translation of documents originating from abroad. This requirement, established in Resolution #5477 of 2022, is at the discretion of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the country’s national sovereignty and migration policies.

In summary, these officials may approve, reject, or deny visa applications from foreigners, and their decisions are not subject to appeal.

Permanent Residents Must Carry Out The Traspaso de Visa Every 5 Years

Article 86 of Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Resolution #5477 of 2022 states that the main holder or beneficiary of a Permanent Resident (R) visa must request its transfer every five (5) years “Traspaso de Visa”. This procedure must be carried out through the digital platform provided for this purpose on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In Resolution #5477 of 2022, the obligation for permanent residents to carry out the Traspaso de Visa every 5 years was included
In Resolution #5477 of 2022, the obligation for permanent residents to carry out the Traspaso de Visa every 5 years was included.

Steps to Request Traspaso de Visa in Colombia

1. Submit the application using the online form on the SITAC platform of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Here is the link: https://tramitesmre.cancilleria.gov.co/tramites/enlinea/solicitarVisa.xhtml

Traspaso de visa
The Traspaso de Visa process can be completed entirely online.

General Recommendations:

Please accurately complete the required information without typographical or typing errors. Any inaccuracies may result in the rejection of the application without refund.

Allocate at least 30 minutes for your online application.

The visa transfer process is conducted exclusively online.

Refer to the guide for completing the online visa transfer form at this link.

The Traspaso de Visa can be requested from anywhere, 24 hours a day.
The Traspaso de Visa can be requested from anywhere, 24 hours a day

In the SITAC digital form, you will need to fill out the following information:

**Applicant’s Traspaso de Visa document data:**

– Passport number
– Nationality
– Date of issue
– Expiration date
– Issuing authority

**Personal information:**

– First Name
– Middle Name
– Last Name
– Second Last Name
– Date of Birth (DAY/MONTH/YEAR)
– Country/Territory of Birth

The form is designed to be easy to fill out and is intuitive.

Colombian visa application is a process that can be done online
The completion of the SITAC form is simple and intuitive

(2). Attach the necessary documents to the application as applicable to your specific case.

(3). Make the payment of the fee.

(4). Wait for a response to the transfer request.

(5). Attach the visa to the current passport.

Slide visas
The Traspaso de Visa does not require intermediaries.

What are The Costs of Traspaso de Visa in Colombia?

In 2024, the cost for a Traspaso de Visa is $54 USD for processing and $54 USD for issuance or transfer in most countries. In Cuba and Europe, however, the costs are 42 euros for processing and 42 euros for issuance or transfer.

Additionally, budget for the cost of obtaining a ‘Certificado de Movimientos Migratorios’ from Migración Colombia, which is priced at $18.75 USD.

The visa transfer incurs additional costs for individuals who need to do it
The Traspaso de Visa incurs additional costs for individuals who need to do it

Additionally, if you need to renew your “Cedula de Extranjería”, you should add approximately $50 USD.

Furthermore, if you hire a specialized visa agent or lawyer, you should consider the cost of professional fees. These will depend on each professional and can range from $300-$400 USD on average.

Payment Methods for Traspaso de Visa in Colombia

The payment for the Traspaso de Visa fee can be made online through a bank account in Colombia (PSE System) or with a debit or credit card online through the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs system, as well as in person at Servibanca’s network of ATMs.

 

The payment of the Traspaso de Visa fee can be easily made with a card or online transfer.
The payment of the Traspaso de Visa fee can be easily made with a card or online transfer.

For those located in the city of Bogotá, there is another option available at the Banco GNB Sudameris branch located in the Visa office at Av. Cra 19 98-03, Floor 3.

Is There Any Penalty For Not Completing the Traspaso de Visa in Colombia?

Failure to carry out the Traspaso de Visa duty would result in the termination of the visa obtained upon expiration in accordance with Article 108 of Resolution #5477 of 2022. Additionally, the continuity of the accumulated time, necessary to apply for permanent residency in Colombia, would be lost.

Not completing the Traspaso de Visa in Colombia could result in penalties and negative consequences.
Not completing the Traspaso de Visa in Colombia could result in penalties and negative consequences.

It should be noted that the above action would cause the dependent visas (spouse, permanent partners, and minor children) to cease. Therefore, the foreigner may be required to present a “salvoconducto” or leave the country within 30 days. If the foreigner remains in irregular status after the deadline. The foreigner would be subject to fines or economic sanctions established in Article 13 of Decree #1067 of 2015.

Failure to complete the Traspaso de Visa could lead to sanctions and complications with Colombian immigration authorities.
Failure to complete the Traspaso de Visa could lead to sanctions and complications with Colombian immigration authorities.

Conclusions

The Traspaso de Visa is unavoidable for most foreign residents in Colombia, particularly those with approved long-stay visas.

According to Resolution #5477 of 2022, permanent residents must transfer their visa “Traspaso de Visas” every 5 years without exception.

Therefore, foreigners with valid visas must complete this process before the deadline, which is October 20, 2024.

This process incurs costs and requires providing documents again.

Failing to complete the Traspaso de Visa is not advisable to avoid inconveniences and penalties.

Questions, comments? Contact me today and I will be happy to discuss any of these issues further with you. 

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