How to live and work in Bogota
Colombia controls and regulates the entry, residency, and departure of foreign nationals through its immigration laws.
Natural or legal persons who hire, engage, contract or admit a foreign national by generating any benefit must report such relation to the Migration Colombia office, through the Sistema de Información para el Reporte de Extranjeros – SIRE. Through this system, the information regarding the admission or hiring, employment, or/and firing of the foreigner employee must be informed within the fifteen (15) days after the initiation or termination of the labor relation.
This chapter summarizes the Colombian legal framework with respect to immigration, including permits and the main categories of visas that may be requested by a foreign national intending to establish relationships, provide services, trade or engage in investment activities in Colombia. Thanks to the agreements executed by Colombia, citizens of more than ninety countries, considered as foreigners of unrestricted nationalities do not require a visitor visa nor have to carry out previous procedures before the Colombian authorities.
Classification of visas in Colombia
Updated (mm/dd/yyyy): 02.22.2018