Independent Means Visas

Individuals who obtain an income from abroad in the form of pensions, interest, dividends, or rental income, as well those who have professional incomes from abroad equivalent to at least 10 times the Colombian monthly minimum wage can obtain renewable temporary residency (M visa) with 3-year validity.

After five consecutive years of residency (subject to minimum stay requirements), the applicant is eligible for permanent residency. 

After five years of holding permanent residency status, the applicant is eligible for Colombian citizenship, subject to proficiency in Spanish and the passing of a civics exam.


Program at a glance

Program TypeIndependent Means Visa
Time to citizenship10 years
Time to permanent residency5 years
Minimum investmentNone. Proof of monthly income equivalent to 3x minimum wage (about US$700)
Physical presence requirement6 months per year
Application processing time1 month
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to133 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableNo investment required

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