DOS Extends Colombian Visitor Visa Validity to 10 Years

On April 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of State announced that citizens of Colombia can now be issued visitors visas valid for 10 instead of 5 years.  The Department noted that this change supports an “…expanding partnership between the United States and Colombia on a
broad array of issues, which has resulted in increased exchanges for tourism and business…”   The Department pointed out that 10 year B visa issuance for Colombians is in harmony with the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, which is soon to take effect.  Almost 577,000 Colombians visit the United States annually, according to the Department of Homeland Security estimates.  Finally, DOS expects that U.S. and Colombian businesses and service providers, including the tourist industry, will benefit from increased travel between the two countries.

On April 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of State announced that citizens of Colombia can now be issued visitors visas valid for 10 instead of 5 years.  The Department noted that this change supports an “…expanding partnership between the United States and Colombia on a broad array of issues, which has resulted in increased exchanges for tourism and business…”   The Department pointed out that 10 year B visa issuance for Colombians is in harmony with the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, which is soon to take effect.  Almost 577,000 Colombians visit the United States annually, according to the Department of Homeland Security estimates.  Finally, DOS expects that U.S. and Colombian businesses and service providers, including the tourist industry, will benefit from increased travel between the two countries.