Colombia's Top Retirement Visa Law Firm

Colombian Retirement Visa

We have been advising individuals on how to visit, live, and invest in Colombia for over a decade. We can advise you on how to get your Colombian Pension Visa - otherwise known as a Retirement Visa - and take the stress of the application process away.

About The Retirement Visa

Who Is It For? 

The visa is intended for foreigners who earn more than 3x more the Colombian minimum wage through a pension, social security, or disability payment (Around $850 USD per month).

How Long Does It Last?

The visa is a migrant (Type M Visa) that lasts for 1-3 years at a time.

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We Specialize in Providing Guidance and Counsel to Those Seeking Colombian Investment Visas

Whether you're looking to eventually become a Colombian Citizen, or you just want to spend a long period of time in the country, we can advise you on the best process.

Personalized Support

From your first question, to the day you get an approval stamp, you'll have personalized support.

We’ve worked with over 1,200 foreigners through their immigration process

Our law firm specializes in immigration law which means we have been working with foreign travelers just like you for over a decade.

Our Team Lives, Works, and Was Born in Colombia.

Unlike other firms, our team was born in Colombia and speaks fluent english.

We will advise you in the Best Practices

Applying for a Colombian Visa isn't easy. Luckily we have over a decade of experience to advise you through the process.


Colombian Retirement Visa Requirements

These are the specific requirements to apply for a Colombian Retirement Visa however you may be required to submit additional documentation.

Copy of Your Passport
This must include last entry stamp (if by the time of the application the foreigner is still in the country) 
Certification of The Monthly Payment
Certification of the monthly payment of a lifetime pension in favor of the foreigner applying for the visa in an amount not less than USD 1000.00 per month.
Certificate of Complete Criminal Records
Certificate of criminal or police record issued by the authority of the country where you have stayed during the last three (3) years.
Health Insurance
International Health Insurance with coverage in Colombia
Medical certificate
Medical certificate issued by the Colombian authority or by a medical health center of the country of origin of the foreigner, to prove the psychophysical fitness of the petitioner

Your Partners

Daniela Cordoba
Founder and Lead Attorney

Daniela Cordoba is a lawyer specializing in immigration and commercial law. Daniela Cordoba has helped individuals and businesses live and operate in Colombia for over a decade. She also has training in compliance with the respective accreditations to serve as Compliance Officer.

Mike Funkhouser
Co-Founder and Client Support Lead

Mike co-founded Colombian Visa Services after moving to Colombia from the United States and finding the process of obtaining a visa difficult and frustrating. Daniela helped make the process so simple and stress-free that he partnered with her to provide the to help others.

Over 1,000 Visas Accepted

For the past decade we have been helping travelers secure visas to Colombia.

Personalized Support

We work with you 1:1 to ensure you not only have the best chance of getting approval, but that you have every one of your questions answers.

Fluent in English and Spanish

You don't have to worry about having to translate emails or communication, our team is fluent in English and can help you with whatever you need.

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How to Get a Colombian Retirement Visa

We have helped thousands of travelers and migrants obtain a Colombian visa, allowing you to have a step by step process that is organized and stress free.

Meet With Us

"The Colombian Visa team was great. They answered all of my questions from the first meeting I had with them and it was a painless experience throughout." - Brad W

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We will meet with you to determine what your goals in Colombia are so we can determine the best path forward. In this meeting we'll also be able to answer any questions you have about the process and procedures.

Gather Documentation

"The team was great. I needed a lot of documents for my visa application and Dani and her team made it a painless experience for me."

Ashton L

Once we determine what the best strategy for obtaining a Colombian Visa, we'll work with you on obtaining all the documents you need for your application. This typically requires translated and apostilled documents which we can help you obtain.

We Help Your File Your Application And See It Through

"Not only did the team help me submit my application for a resident visa, but when I was asked to submit additional documentation, Dani helped me obtain the documents and successfully get my visa!"

Sarah M.

Once we have all of your documentation, we will help you file your application on your behalf with Foreign Affair Ministry of Colombia (FAMC).

Typically this is where other providers stop. However if the FAMC requires additional documentation or explanatory documentation, we'll see your application through to completion.

Meet With Us

We'll meet with you and strategize the best path forward based on your needs and answer any questions you may have.

Gather Documentation

We'll help you determine which documents you need and certify, appostille, and translate any documents that require it.

Submit Application

We will file your application on your behalf and see it through to completion.

Why Our Clients Love Us

We spend the time to get to know you and your story so your application is perfect the first time.

"I found the services rendered by Daniela Cordoba at Colombian Visa Services to be very professional, welcoming and, most importantly, efficacious.  What I was not able to do on my own for 8 months of trying,  Colombia Visa Services did in 2 months.  Daniela was always very prompt in responding to whatever questions I asked her via e-mail.  The initial free contact conversation was extremely beneficial.  The challenge was being able to remember all the helpful information that Daniela was sharing with me."

Robert R

"I would highly recommend Colombian Visa Services to anyone who needs advisory obtaining a Colombian Migrant Visa. Their exceptional service, combined with their expertise and efficiency, truly set them apart from other services. I am so grateful to have worked with them and will definitely use their services again when I need to renew. Thank you, Colombian Visa Services!"

Sophie M

"Colombian Visa Services were incredibly helpful and knowledgeable throughout the entire process. They were always available to answer my questions and provide guidance, which gave me a lot of confidence and peace of mind. They were also incredibly friendly and patient, which made the whole experience a pleasure."

Andy S

We are so very happy with Colombian Visa Services and Daniela! Years ago we were able to do our documents ourselves and it was so easy. As the years went, we had to get help with different visa services. The last we had was really not efficient and let my wife's documents lapse and it was a 6 month nightmare to get everything fixed. Daniela really KNEW what she was doing, was super helpful and professional and was so eager to help! My wife's renewal came in the VERY NEXT DAY! I highly recommend Colombian Visa Services to anyone who needs help getting or renewing their documents! Fast! Efficient! Knowledgeable! And very reasonably priced! And best of all, Daniela speaks English perfectly!

John G

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about what you need to obtain a Colombian Retirement Visa and how we can help.

How to Apply for a Colombian Retirement Visa?

To apply for a Colombian retirement visa, you will need to follow these steps:

1. Determine if you are eligible:
To qualify for a retirement visa in Colombia, you must have a have a minimum monthly income from a pension or disability of three times the minimum wage in Colombia.  In 2024, this is around $1000-$1100 USD per month.

2. Gather the necessary documents:
You will need to provide the following documents when you apply for your retirement visa:
- A valid passport
- A Passport Style Photo In A Digital Format
-An official background check certificate
- A medical certificate
- Proof of your income or pension
- A letter explaining your reasons for applying for the retirement visa
- A completed visa application form

All official documents will need to be apostilled in their country of origin and officially translated to Spanish before submitting them with your visa application.

3. Submit your application:
You can submit your application at the Cancillería's website.

4. Wait for the visa to be processed:
The processing time for a retirement visa can vary, but you should receive a response to your application within 30 days.

Note that visa requirements and application procedures can change over time, so it's always a good idea to check with the Colombian embassy or consulate in your home country for the latest information.

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How Old Do You Have to Be to Get a Retirement Visa in Colombia?

In Colombia there is not an age requirement to apply for the retirement visa. You simply need to make more than 3 times minimum salary from a pension or social security. The minimum salary can change, and currency exchange rates can vary, but in 2024 the required amount is about $1000-$1100 USD.

Keep in mind that visa requirements and eligibility criteria can change over time, so it's always a good idea to check with the Colombian embassy or consulate in your home country for the latest information.

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What is the income requirement for retirement visa in Colombia?

You need make more than 3 times the monthly minimum salary from a pension, social security or disability. The minimum salary can change, and currency exchange rates can vary, but in 2024 the required amount is about $1000-$1100 USD or 3.900.000 Colombian pesos.

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Is it Hard To Get A Retirement Visa In Colombia?

The Colombian retirement visa can be difficult to obtain, especially if you don't have experience with official documents. You'll need to obtain multiple official documents and have them apostilled, have a federal background check completed, visit a doctor, and answer additional questions from the Cancillería.

It is recommended to work with a professional Immigration Attorney with your process if you haven't applied for a visa in Colombia before.

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How long does it take to get a retirement visa in Colombia?

The Colombian government has to respond to your application within 30 days. Therefore, It typically takes a few weeks to the full 30 days to get your visa approved and obtain a Colombian ID card for foreigners (Cédula de Extranjería).

We typically tell our clients that 45-60 days is a good timeline, including obtaining all of your documents, apostilles, and official translations.

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How Much Does a Retirement Visa Cost in Colombia?

The cost of a retirement visa in Colombia is approximately $226. This includes a $50 fee for the Cancillería to "study" the visa and a $175 USD to receive the visa.

However, it's important to note that you may incur fees to obtain documents, apostilles, and health insurance throughout the process. Fees are subject to change and may also vary depending on the exchange rate at the time of your application.

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Does Colombia tax foreign pension income?

Colombia has tax agreements with many countries preventing double taxation. Many individuals from the United States and Canada are not taxed on foreign earned income, however every situation is different and you should consult an accountant to be sure.

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Can you work with a retirement visa in Colombia?

The Colombian retirement visa does not permit you to work in Colombia for a Colombian employer. However, if you are working remotely from Colombia or earning income from your country of residence, that is allowed.

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Can I obtain a Resident Visa With a Pension?

All foreigners will need to first obtain a Migrant (Type M) Visa in Colombia before qualifying for a Resident Visa. In the case of a Retirement visa, you will need to continuously hold your Retirement Visa for 5 years before being eligible for a resident visa.

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