How to obtain residence in Colombia as a retiree

Residence in Colombia as a retiree is an expedited way to legally live in this South American country. It can be granted for 5 years.

How to obtain residence in Colombia as a retiree

Residence in Colombia as a retiree is an expedited way to legally live in this South American country. Five years later, the beneficiary can obtain residence as a retiree there. What requirements are necessary to obtain a retiree’s life in Colombia? We’ll explain here all the steps to be followed in a process that can be complicated if you don’t use a lawyer specialized in the theme of migration.

Who can apply for residence in Colombia as a retiree?

Any person around the world who receives a state or private pension (if you don’t have one, contact us and we’ll help you) can apply for residence in Colombia as a retiree. This visa is valid for three years. It will lose its validity only if the person stays outside of Colombia for more than six consecutive months.

How much should your pension be to apply?

Colombian law establishes that to apply for residence as a retiree, known as M-11, the person must receive, monthly, three times the minimum wage in Colombia. In 2022, the salary is set at one million Colombian pesos. At the current exchange rate, this equals 250 American dollars.

So, the person interested in obtaining residence in Colombia as a retiree will have to show a minimum monthly pension of 750 dollars. These monthly payments will have to be legalized so that they are accepted by the Colombian officials.

What documents are necessary to apply for residence in Colombia as a retiree?

There isn’t a lot of documentation to present. A photocopy showing the first page of your passport is necessary. Further, presenting a certificate of pension is essential. This document can be issued by a public or private business, or by a government. The letter will have to show that the applicant receives, every month, three minimum salaries, in Colombia, per month. Let’s remember that the quota of Colombian pesos to dollars can change.

What steps do I have to follow to apply for residence in Colombia as a retiree?

The application for a residence in Colombia as a retiree can be done two ways: in person in any Colombian consulate in the world or through this online platform. Consult with us if you have doubts about how to obtain a pension to apply for this visa.

In the case of an online application, the applicant must submit all required documents in a PDF format, whereas the photocopy of the passport must have a JPEG format. When the person receives the approval for the visa, he mut take his passport to a Colombian consulate; they will attach the visa there.

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