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Message for U.S. Citizens: Notary Services & Federal Benefits Certifications (Income Verifications)
August 17, 2022

Effective Immediately:  The U.S. Embassy in Bogota and the U.S. Consular Agency in Barranquilla cannot notarize federal benefits certifications or income verifications for use in Colombian residential visa applications. 

We recognize this is an inconvenience and a change from past practice, however consular officers do not have the authority to certify an individual’s income.  

The U.S. Embassy/Consular Agency can, however, notarize a sworn statement or affidavit in which the individual declares their income, but the U.S. Embassy/Consular Agency cannot advise you on the specific language needed, nor whether such document will satisfy the requirements for an application for a Colombian residential visa.  Please contact Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information on the specific documentary requirements for residential visas.  Information on residential visas and the Ministry’s contact information can be found at https://www.cancilleria.gov.co/tramites_servicios/visa/m-pensionado-rentista. 


For more information on sworn statements and scheduling an appointment please visit https://co.usembassy.gov/services/notarials/ 

Individuals seeking an apostille from the Department of State can find more information about the requirements at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/records-and-authentications/authenticate-your-document/apostille-requirements.html.



U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia  Tel. +57-1-275-2000 or 601-275-2000  acsbogota@state.gov  https://co.usembassy.gov/ 


U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla  conagencybarranquilla@state.gov 


U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs  1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444

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