Colombia continues to position itself as the favorite destination among expats, whether with intentions of tourism, business or because they see the country as a way to develop their personal and professional projects. To achieve these objectives and access all the benefits the country gives you, it is necessary to carry out legal processes such as obtaining a visa and, subsequently, the foreigner’s identity card.
The foreigner identification card is the main identification document of a foreigner in Colombia, which opens the doors to different benefits that can significantly facilitate your passage through the country. In this article, we tell you how to apply for your foreigner’s identification card, how much it costs, what its benefits are, and everything you should know about this legal document.
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What is the Cédula de Extranjería?
The foreigner’s identification card is the legal document that identifies foreigners in Colombian territory. The Special Administrative Unit of Migration Colombia issues it. All citizens of legal age and minors over 7 years old with a valid visa for more than 3 months must complete the visa registration process and request a foreigner’s identification card.
How to obtain the Cédula de Extranjería in Colombia?
Obtaining the Cédula de Extranjería is simple; here we tell you the documents you need to apply for this document:
- To have a valid visa for more than three months.
- Valid passport (original and copy of the main page).
- Know your HR or have a photocopy of your blood test (this is only necessary if it is the first time you apply for a cédula de extranjería).
- Photocopy of the electronic visa
- Confirmation of the Single Form of Formalities ‘Formulario Único de Trámites’
- Receipt of payment (it is possible to make the payment at the Immigration office in cash or by credit card, according to the indication provided by the officer attending your case).
We explain all the details and the step-by-step instructions on acquiring a foreigner’s identification card in the following link: Cédula de Extranjería: Step by Step.
How much does it cost to issue my Cédula de Extranjería?
The cost to apply for a foreigner’s identification card as of today is approximately $217,500 (COP) or 50 dollars (USD).
What are the benefits of the Cédula de Extranjería in Colombia?
As a foreigner, you will be able to have several benefits and services that you will be able to acquire only with your foreigner identification card since, in some cases, such as opening a bank account, it is not possible with a passport.
Some of the benefits that you will have with your foreign identification card are:
How long does it take to complete this process?
Once the registration and payment of the process have been made at the Immigration office, the term to obtain the physical foreigner’s identification card (ID) is approximately 10 working days.
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As you can see, the foreigner’s identification card is a document that grants several benefits. As the primary identification document of a foreigner in Colombia, it becomes a necessity and an obligation. That is why you must apply for a foreigner’s identification card before Migración Colombia, immediately after your visa has been approved and issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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