Hiring employees through a Colombia work visa can be a useful way of finding talent that a company in Colombia may not have access to. Another advantage is the potential to strengthen the company’s international networks and collaborations.
Read here to find out how to sponsor or apply for Colombia work visas.
If you’re planning on working in Colombia, you’ll need to obtain a work visa. There are two main types of work visas available:
Note, Colombia has recently introduced a Colombia work visa for employees working for employers based outside Colombia. Read our Colombia digital nomad guide to find out more.
Applying for a work visa in Colombia involves a series of steps:
The documents required can vary depending on the type of work visa you’re applying for, but generally, you’ll need to provide:
The Colombia work visa process can be confusing and time-consuming for those unfamiliar with the system. For companies interested in hiring employees in Colombia by sponsoring a work visa, or applicants interested in getting one, it can be worthwhile considering the services of a Colombia Professional Employer Organization (PEO). These companies specialize in supporting companies with all aspects of hiring within Colombia. A similar type of Colombia service provider which can also sponsor work visas is a Colombia Employer of Record (EOR).
Generally, the Colombian work visa is tied to the specific employer and job position mentioned in the visa application. If you wish to change jobs or employers, it will likely require a new visa application. Changing your job without informing the immigration authorities could violate the terms of your visa and may lead to penalties or deportation. Always consult with immigration experts or legal advisors when considering a job change on a work visa.
Yes, if you hold a Migrant (M) visa, you may apply for beneficiary visas for your spouse, permanent partner, parents, or children under 25. These beneficiary visas would allow your family members to live in Colombia for the same period as your work visa, although they would not automatically have the right to work. It's important to check the latest regulations and requirements for family visas from the Colombian embassy or consulate in your home country or the official website of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.