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gregfarrell replied to the thread Moving to Medellin in January 2015 on the Colombia forum on November 27, 2014:
donalomeachair initially posted:
HI! I'm moving to Colombia from wet and cold Ireland in 4 weeks time... so excited. I have 10 days including new years in Cartagena first and then im moving to Medellin where I aim to find work and set up a base for myself for the next year. I'm really looking for any recent advice people have on the city... and very importantly work opportunities. I plan on teaching if possible. I have masters degree in business and TEFL course. I myself plan on doing a month of intensive spanish with Toucan Language school so if anyone has gone with them and has experience please share. peace out, and thanks for helping! Donal
gregfarrell replied 48 minutes ago with:
If you can find a connection in Ireland that offers teaching employment in Colombia, you'll make more money than coming here, and getting a contract by a local institution such as the Columbus School.
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thelocogringo replied to the thread Drivers Licence on the Colombia forum on November 27, 2014:
dandrie initially posted:
hello.. i am living in Medellin, and looking to buy a car...which means i need to get a Drivers Licence. I hold a Canadian DL, but i am curious how i proceed to get one here? Am I required to be tested_ etc? Thanks!
thelocogringo replied 52 minutes ago with:
Like I said, dont wast your time getting either a drivers license or a Colombian Credit Card. I have them both and they are both stupid and a wast of time and a giant colombian screw job. Just my opinion.
gregfarrell replied 59 minutes ago with:
There are advantages of getting a Colombian driver's license, one of which is getting a credit card from Exito or Falabella. These cards will get will sometimes get you up to 50% off store prices for Exito or Falabella card holders only. The driver's license has a finger print on the license. The cedula does not have a finger print on the card. This is important when applying for a charge card because the application process requires an ID with a finger print.
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biccjohn replied to the thread Two Visa Questions on the Colombia forum on November 27, 2014:
jeffinYYZ initially posted:
Hi all, searched the archives first, but didn't find specific answer yet, and have questions about visas. Further, consultate in Toronto wasn't much help. Context: Have girlfriend living in Bogota. Want to stay longer than 3mths that tourist visa permits. Am wondering about merits of a student visa (Spanish good, but not great so happy to entertain f/t studies), or a work visa, but am self-employed. My questions: Is there a specific visa for self-employed workers? Which # is it? Must I have dealings in Colombia for this visa, or is that irrelevant? What are requirements for student visa, i.e., minimum # hrs/week? Minimum length of program? Must enrol with a specific school, approved by government? Thanks in advance!
biccjohn replied 7 hours ago with:
If you arrive in July you can stay for 6 months in that given year and then 6 months for the proceeding year as stated. I used to skip across the border to Venezuela to have my passport show I was in Venezuela for 3 months and then skip back in to Colombia, but Maduro has blocked that now as you are only allowed 3 months a year in Venezuela now. Contact Emma Pauola at Immigration in Bogota for questions, she is on the 4th floor and very helpful, but for visas there is another location and at this time I cannot remember the address. I will see if I can find it for you. Good luck and remember Latin American women are VERY different from NA women, and we are very different from Latin American men and some women here want to change everything about us. Be careful and have lots of fun.
thelocogringo replied on November 26, 2014 with:
Also, the 180 days is in a calander year and runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31. It is possible to be in Colombia for 12 months out 13 if you time things corectly. Secondly, if you have a 2nd Passport, you can come and go all you want. Do not waste your time applying for a visa. Come, enjoy and if you still like her after 6 months, worry about it then.
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masterita replied to the thread Who's living in Manizales on the Colombia forum:
RussellO initially posted:
I thinking about moving to Manizales or the area. Some in put from those who live in this area of Colombia. Like what areas of the this city should one be looking at to live in.
masterita replied on November 26, 2014 with:
BrandonBP They building allot of new housing and are suppose to be bringing in allot of new high tech jobs (Microsoft, BMW, Call Centers, Medical, etc) to bolster the growing middle class, so your dream might come true some day!
BrandonBP replied on November 26, 2014 with:
I really loved Manizales. If there was a way fro me to live there with a decent job, I'd travel back down in a heartbeat.
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bigjailerman replied to the thread Colombian Citizenship on the Colombia forum:
moberto initially posted:
Hello everyone. I am hoping someone can help with my question. I lived in Colombia for five / six years - i was 11 when i left(1994)- and during that time I was a resident and attended school there. I am wondering if am entitled to the citizenship even after such a long time, and if anyone knows the way to go ahead with it (if it is possible) Thanks Ahead!
bigjailerman replied on November 26, 2014 with:
I could never renounce my citizenship
BrandonBP replied on November 26, 2014 with:
The U.S. government doesn't like dual citizenship but very much allows it. There are tons of citizens all over the world with both a US passport and a different one. Considering that holding US citizenship entails tax consequences, you could even renounce your US citizenship. :)
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BrandonBP replied to the thread Flip Flop Sandwich Shop on the Colombia forum on November 26, 2014:
Andresen initially posted:
I went to the FFSS last week for lunch and found it closed. Does anyone have any further information?
BrandonBP replied on November 26, 2014 with:
I hope it's not the case. I really like Chris and was very happy for him to get married to a beautiful lady and be so happy. When I first arrived in Medellin, Chris took me to the big market with him on the train to buy the little peppers he uses in his chicken wing sauce. He's a helluva good fellow. I also had lots of good days there hanging out on the sidewalk at his cafe with other Gringos.
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afiore1961 posted Need info on Engllish speakers who helps with visas on the Colombia forum on November 26, 2014:
I seem to remember a name of an expat that people recommended for securing a pensionado visa. Any recommendation appreciated Tony
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Patricio replied to the thread Questions about a month in Bogota on the Colombia forum on November 26, 2014:
Cparrett initially posted:
Hey guys, I've spent about five months living in Manizales and am familiar with Colombia, but have spent no time at all in Bogota. I'm looking at taking a one month course in Bogota and while there is a paid homestay option, I'm considering doing my own thing since the pricing is pretty average, and I'd like to guarantee being in a good area. All that said, I have a few questions for you guys: -The course I'll be taking is in Chapinero. I'm looking to stay in an area reasonably close to the school, but also close to good nightlife and things to do. What areas qualify? -Is there anywhere similar to the International House in Medellin, essentially a hostel desigend around medium to long-term stays? -If not, can anyone recommend a place to find good pricing on monthly studio apartment rentals, or available rooms in apartments for rent? -Any other tips or advice would be much appreciated!
Patricio replied on November 26, 2014 with:
I live in Nicolas de Federman, which is walking distance, a good walk, from Chapinero. This is a middle class neighborhood, very pleasant, and adjacent to a large quiet development called Pablo VI. Has all the small restaurants you would want for cheap meals. Very close to Las Esmeraldas, another area similar, and to La Universidad Nacional. I am planning on taking my Spanish courses there in Feb. Bikes would be nice but kind of a pain. Fun for Sundays and if you find good places to ride. We are also 15 min. walk from Simon BOlivar parque, biggest in the city, and a biker's/runners paradise. You are coming to a nicely located part of Bogota in my opinion. I have been here now 3 months and was here twice before for a couple of months. Too much to learn for you in a month, massive city, so wise to keep it simple. Buenas suerte en todo!
Cparrett replied on November 26, 2014 with:
Thank you! I spoke to a friend and she suggested bringing a bike to get around, which I think I will do, so I'm not as worried about being super close to the school. Do you mind giving me your opinion on neighborhoods? I've heard Chapinero is near a lot of Universities and has a hip, sort of up-and-coming vibe. Is area more near zona T/Parque 93 worth looking into as well, any downsides other than more expensive? Thanks for any help, trying to get a feel for where I'll be happiest without a massive amount of time to get to know the city.
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JohnnyD replied to the thread K1 fiancé visa question? on the Colombia forum on November 26, 2014:
rumplejesusskin initially posted:
I am trying to find out how long it will take for the entire K-1 process to go through. I keep finding varying information online and cannot quite decipher. From the time of filing to the time when she can visit the US how long am I looking at? I am currently living in Colombia half of the year and I am buying a farm in the next month or so. The other half of the year I work back in the states and would like to take her with me. We do not plan on marrying soon so that's kinda off the table.
JohnnyD replied on November 26, 2014 with:
If you do not plan to marry within 90 days of obtaining a K-1 visa, she will be asked to leave and possibly not be permitted to return. Do not mess with the Department of State. My K-1 visa process took a year. Initial application goes to USCIS and if it meets their approval, it is forwarded to the Department of State. All documents, original or photocopies, need to be translated and perhaps notarized as well. Once they approve the application, you receive a note from the US Embassy where she will have a medical exam and final interview at the US Embassy in Bogota. Expect to spend upwards of $800 for everything.
bigjailerman replied on November 26, 2014 with:
Attached below is the email from Tramites Visa.. They have a100% rate of K1 Approvals and offer a full refund if not approved. I'm not selling them, in fact I'm not using anyone, doing it myself because of my ability to follow through with things like this. in any event it just FYI. I picked their brain several times and they are very helpful without looking for a payment. Good morning David,   Here is an outline of the major costs associated with the application. The only thing not on this list are official translations. We have a translator in Bogota that we can give you once you start the process. The translations in Bogota are faster than Medellin.   Descripcion / Description Gasto / Cost / A quien paga / Who you pay Asesoría de Visas y Tramites Internacionales - Legal Services Fee by Visas y Tramites Internacionales. (This fee covers application services for the 1st and 2nd packages, and email, phone support during the proces until visa is issued). 950 USD (SI TIENE HIJOS SE SUMA 100 USD MAS POR CADA NIÑO) - Support does not cover waivers which are usually only required for cases with criminal history of applicants or past immigration history. 50% is paid to begin processing 1st application, and 50% is due when first application package is finished. VALOR DE SOLICITUD DE LA VISA– USCIS – USA GOVERNMENT - Cost of initial application with USCIS 340 USD - Paid directly to Dept Homeland Security with Check or Money Order Valor Cita – EMBAJADA BOG – USA GOVERNMENT - Embassy Appointment and Visa Fee 244 USD - Paid directly to Embassy when scheduling final appointment. Cita Medico – Bogotá – Oficina de Medico Medical Appointment in Bogotá De 300.000 pesos en adelante (Depende de su historial Clínico) 150 bucks paid directly to the doctors office. Certificados de Notaria  depende de caso – Notaria de Colombia 6 mil, pero depende si hay documentos grandes, hijos, divorcios previas… - paid directly to notary Envio de Visa a su casa – Mailing Visa to Home USA GOVERNMENT 60,000 PESOS about 30 dollars to send the visa to you after it is approved in Bogota. Paid at embassy after visa is approved. Envio de soicitud desde Colombia – Mailing initial package to USA + FEDEX Desde 80.000 pesos en adelante (Depende del estado en que este) Fromm 40-70 Dollars depending on weight. This must be paid once package is sent to USA from Colombia. Envio de CORREO CERTIFICADO – 30.000 Pesos - This costs is for persons living outside of Medellin Colombia. Adjustment of Status 1.000 dollars - This is the approx. fee to pay after being married in The USA during the application process of the CR1, 2 Year residency visa. * this is a separate visa process but is very easy after getting married on a K1 visa     You can share this email with your girlfriend in Colombia if you like. We have several links in Spanish below. As for processing times, the fiancee visas are sent to 1 of 2 processing centers in the United States. Vermont and California is where the USCIS runs through the approval process of the K1 Fiancee visa applications. Vermont is back down to 5 months, and California is running a few months behind. The USCIS decides where to send the applications after receiving them at their routing center.   Processing times: 1 - Look at the bottom of the page, and Click the drop down button to the right of Service Centers - Select California or Vermont 2 - Click the button that says SERVICE CENTER PROCESSING DATES 3 - Look for the form code I-129F for the fiance visa. California is about 8 months to process this visa (we just had people clear through there from last year), good news is most people are getting vermont now which is at 5 months to get the approval in the United States. After this it takes about 3 weeks to 5 weeks to get teh appointment in Bogota.   -- REMEMBER TOURIST VISAS TO VISIT PEOPLE OF THE OPPOSITE SEX ARE ALWAYS DENIED BECAUSE THE USCIS CONSIDERS THIS HIGH RISK, SO IF YOUR GIRL WANTS TO TRY TO GO TO THE USA SHE SHOULD VISIT A GIRLFRIEND OR GO WITH A GROUP TO HAVE A BETTER CHANCE - UNFORTUNATELY YOUNG SINGLE PERSONS DO NOT USUALLY HAVE HIGH SUCCESS RATES --
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bigjailerman replied to the thread CineMark Colombia on the Colombia forum:
masterita initially posted:
Just a quick update for English speaking expats and others wanting to improve their English... I have been exchanging emails with CineMark about their movie theaters only having movies dubbed in Spanish and when they do show a subtitled movie it is usually the 11 pm showing. I explained there is a large expat community and many Colombians want to watch movies in English so they can improve their English skills. They informed me this past week that each Tuesday they will show movies in the original English format with Spanish Subtitles. YEAH!! So please help show your support and be sure to make it to the movies on Tuesdays. Not only does this help those of us who wish to watch in English but also helps promote bilingualism in Colombia. Who knows, there might be an option 2 for English.
bigjailerman replied on November 26, 2014 with:
Just saw this post....thanks
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