HOW TO APPLY FOR A WORK VISA IN COLOMBIA?
The M – Worker visa is the authorization granted to a foreign citizen for the entry, stay and work permit so that the holder can provide paid services or work within the national territory. The work permit may be specific as to the work and entity where the foreign citizen carries out his/her activities.
The holder of a work visa is the person on whom all the benefits and obligations derived from a visa apply. The visa to work in Colombia falls under the category of Migrant Visa Type M with the name of “worker”.
Main requirement of visa M- Worker.
If you intend to work and live in the country, you must take into account that the main requirement to apply for your Colombian Work visa is to have a signed labor contract with a legal company domiciled in Colombia (a labor offer).
According to your profession and the position you are going to perform in the hiring company, you can apply for your work visa at the Colombian consulate of your country or at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bogota. The most important and difficult thing is to get an Employment Contract. This way you will be able to apply for your visa, otherwise you must wait until you get an employment opportunity.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO HIRE FOREIGN PERSONNEL.
- The company must be incorporated in Colombia.
- It must have an average monthly turnover of 100,000,000 Million Pesos per month in the last six months.
- Demonstrate that the activity carried out by the applicant is fundamental and of national interest.
- Certificate of the Chamber of Commerce in force.
- It is the responsibility of the Contracting Company and the Foreigner to verify and ensure that he/she complies with the laws and legal requirements to work in this country.
In the case of visas that grant authorization to work, both the foreigner and the employer or contractor must comply with the labor regulations of the Colombian state, with the specific regulations for the exercise of each profession or trade and with the obligations regarding reporting and registration established in the Colombian immigration law.