Colombia Marriage Visa
We are Visas by James, (Visas y Tramites Internacionales), a Colombian company with our primary office located in Medellin, Colombia. Visas by James started working with Colombian Visas in 2005. We offer commercial and immigration legal services through our offices in Medellin, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Bogota. Our company offers a full range of commercial & immigration legal services for immigrants migrating to the United States or Colombia. We have licensed attorneys in Medellin, Colombia and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
These services are complemented by professionally licensed accounting and messenger services which are designed to help expats moving abroad to Colombia, or helping Colombians move to the United States. Visas y Tramites is owned and managed by James Lindzey, who is an american expat living in Colombia for since 2005. We have lawyers on available in our offices in Colombia, as well as with partner law firms in the United States.
You can certify a Civil Union in Colombia, or conduct a Colombian Civil Marriage, at your local notary. Colombian notaries are similar to the clerk of court office in the United States. Large cities like Medellin and Bogota have many notaries and finding one is relatively easy, but you need to be very careful in selecting a reputable one (we have long standing relationships with many notaries). Notaries also store many public documents for marriages and divorces
Before a marriage in Colombia takes place, notaries need to verificate the Colombian birth certificate for single status. Legal eligibility to marry is determined by examination of Colombian nationals Birth Certificates in Colombia by notaries and judges. Full versions of Colombian citizen’s birth certificates note current marriages and divorces.
A citizen of Colombia cannot be married to a foreigner (in Colombia) if their Birth Certificate in Colombia still shows them as being married to another person. This is how Colombia tries to keep people from being married to more than one person at the same time. In turn, when foreigners get married in Colombia they need to prove they are single (by providing a variety of documents) before the marriage license is approved. Click to read more.
To get ready for a marriage in the USA you need to be sure that the foreigner has a translated marriage certificate plus an apostille. If the person has any divorces these must have an Apostille and Translation in Colombia as well. The cost varies depending on the number of pages. If this is part of a visa process then additional apostilles and translations should be on hand. Marriage licenses are issued before the marriage takes place. Once a date is set and the marriage takes place, the official Marriage Certificate in Colombia will be produced in as little as 1 day. However be prepared for certificates to take up to 1 week in certain states or counties. Click to read more
Cedulas have the same time length as the Colombian visa. They are also required when you get a visa for 3 months or longer. Visas y Tramites Internacionales provides free assistance with obtaining the cedula with all Colombia Visa Applications we process.
Tips for expats – Colombian ID Card / Colombia Cedula Extranjeria:
With a Colombian Marriage Visa you will obtain a Colombian ID card. We like to remind everyone that almost everything that involves a contract in Colombia becomes more complicated if you do not have a Colombian ID card. The Colombian ID card is called the cedula, and the ID card for foreigners is referred to as the cedula para extranjeros. In order to get a Bank account in Colombia, banks will usually insist on you having a cedula first. Additionally getting a cell phone plan or signing a rental contract with a real estate company for a nonfurnished apartment requires a cedula in most cases. Migracion Colombia issues cedulas after you obtain a visa from a consulate or the Ministry of Foreign Relations in Bogota.
Important transparency disclaimer:
We do not sell immigration, tax, or any application forms or services which are available for FREE by government agencies. As part of our commercial and immigration services we legally assist our clients complete immigration, tax, or business forms FOR FREE. As a client who has paid for one of our qualifying visa, immigration, or commercial services you qualify for this free service. As we are a PRIVATE company and not affiliated with a government agency, goverment and other 3rd party services such as Translations in Colombia, notary, messenger and mail fees are charged apart from our legal and document services. Complete quotes and contracts are provided for our services upon being hired.