Applying for a TP10 Partner Visa
Colombia visa requirements
Do you need a Visa for Colombia? If you have a passport for the EU, U.K, Canada, Australia and U.S you are exempt from needing a tourist Visa for 90 days, considering you have a return ticket back home. So you don’t need a visa if you are visiting Colombia for less than 90 days and have a return ticket home.
Do I need a visa to go to Colombia?
To visit for under 90 days, no. To live? Yes, you do need a Visa. Many expats get visas through their companies, others as entrepreneurs, but the easiest is by far for love. Why? Because the TP10 Partner visa lasts 3 years, and after 5 years of being under TP10, you can apply for residency. Easy Peasy!
Like many other expats, I came here for love, so it’s only natural that my partner helps me with all the paperwork for me to live in this country!
Let me reassure you that living in Colombia for love seems to be the easiest way to get your visa. In a few easy steps, you will be on your way to becoming a resident with you shiny new TP10 Partner Visa.
1. Validate your marriage or relationship in the eyes of the Colombian government.
This means that you will have to Google a nearby ‘notario’ or notary and provide a copy of your passport along with the proof of your relationship (be it a marriage certificate or letter from the both of you stating you have been living together for x amount of time).
Call the ‘notario’, schedule and appointment and ask exactly what documents are needed as they each have different requirements and some ask for hard-to-get paperwork. I called around and went with the one that asked for the bare minimum (Passport and a personal letter stating that we were living together). For around $120,000 pesos they provided me with a notarized document validating our relationship.
2. Go to the Cancillería with your partner, passports, and notarized document.
No appointment required. The administration fee is $50 which is paid upon entering and be ready to wait quite a bit. You will be invited with your partner to a small interview to verify your relationship and be told to wait while your documents are reviewed.
If your visa is accepted, you will pay $205 or the equivalent in Colombian Pesos and receive your Visa inside your passport that same day.
I was surprised by 3 things when applying for my TP10 Partner Visa:
- From the ‘notario’ to the ‘cancillería’ everything was to be paid in cash only. No cards were accepted.
- It was extremely quick and easy.
- My TP10 Partner visa is valid for 3 years, after which 5 years of being a resident I can apply for Colombian citizenship.
NOTE: Within 15 days of having your visa you must register at the Migración Colombia for your ‘Cédula de Extranjería’ or Colombia I.d. If you bring all the correct paperwork (which I downloaded from their website) as it seemed many in line did not do, you should be in and out in 30 minutes or less.
**UPDATE June 28, 2016**
As of this year, the requirements of a TP10 Visa have changed.
Here is what you need BEFORE going to the notary and beginning the process:
1.Original birth certificate of the person asking for the TP10 Visa.
Birth certificate must be certified in home country and translated by an official translator here in Colombia (You can have the translation done at the Cancillería)
2.Visa entry stamps into Colombia.
3.Proof of living with your partner for more than 2 years.
This can be anything from a letter from the landlord that states you lived together, or if you lived abroad, matching passport entry stamps for the country you both lived in. If you don’t have this, ask what other proof can be used, notaries are flexible.
TIP: I suggest you choose a notary close to your office or home as every notary asks for slightly different paperwork and you might have to go back and forth a few times. Ah, sweet Colombia, how organized you are!
Hope this helps!