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What is being a Colombian national by adoption?

Updated: Sep 6, 2023


Colombian nationality by adoption is an option for all foreigners residing in Colombia who wish to acquire Colombian citizenship. To do this, it is necessary to meet certain requirements established by law and that are summarized in being holder of a resident visa for 1 year, if it is Latin American or Caribbean or 5 years for other nationalities.


Usually, Colombian nationality by adoption is requested by people who have lived in the country for a long time and want to obtain Colombian citizenship to vote and do different activities, but as Colombians. However, it is also possible that a person who does not live in Colombia wants to obtain nationality by adoption in order to have all the rights and obligations that correspond to a Colombian citizen, However, you must prove your residency status without having stayed outside the country for more than 2 years.


In any case, to apply for Colombian nationality by adoption currently the process is completely virtual, and the presence of the applicant will be required for the presentation of knowledge or Spanish exams if this is the case. These documents include a passport, birth certificate, residence certificate and criminal record certificate.


Once the documentation has been submitted, the nationality area of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will analyze the application and issue a resolution. If the decision is favorable, the applicant shall be granted Colombian nationality by adoption.


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