How do apply for a specific purpose visa from Armenia to Bolivia

by Lusine
(Armenia )

Hi! I am interested in moving to Bolivia to be with my fiance - I currently live an Armenia and would like to know what my next steps should be.


Do I need to fill out a Visa de Objeto Determinado? If so, where do I get it?

Thank you!
Lusine

please email me back at : lilit@secondglass.com

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Can I Change From a Tourist Visa to a Special Purpose Visa in Bolivia?

by Stranger
(Dhaka, Bangladesh)

Is it possible to convert the tourist visa to special purpose visa while a person already in Bolivia? What about a person have already obtained tourist visa from Bolivian Consular and then he changes his mind to obtain special purpose visa at airport on arrival again???? Pls can anybody write in details on this issue....

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Changing Tourist Visa to Special Purpose Visa.
by: Anonymous

Thanks Tara for your contribution with valuable info.

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Changing from tourist visa to specific purpose visa
by: Tara

From my experience, you CANNOT change from a tourist visa to a specific purpose visa while in Bolivia. When I lived in Bolivia, the volunteers in our organization always had to travel to a Bolivian consulate in either Brazil, Argentina, or Peru to apply for the specific purpose visa. We found it to be much cheaper to obtain the visa from the Bolivian consulate in your home country BEFORE going to Bolivia. But if you are already in Bolivia, it would most likely be cheaper to obtain the visa from Peru, Argentina, or Brazil than to pay a plane ticket to get the visa in your home country. Hope this helps.

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Specific purpose visa extension for volunteer?

by Martin Berg
(La Paz, Bolivia )

Hi, My name is Martin and live in Sweden. Since three month I have been in Bolivia but now want to stay two month longer in Bolivia to volunteer work. Seeing that my tourist VISA is running out I have to apply for a Specific purpose VISA here in La Paz.

According to the Migration Office in La Paz it is possible for me to apply for a two times 30 day specific purpose VISA. The problem is that the staff at the office tells me different information about the VISA requirements and the cost varies from 630 bs./month to 2500 bs/month and seeing that I speak just a little bit Spanish this is a hard task for me.

My question: What kind of VISA do I need to apply for if I want to stay 60 days longer then my tourist VISA? What do I need to show at the office to apply for such kind of VISA? How much does that kind of VISA cost?

Would be more then thankful for an answer

Kind regards
Martin Berg

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Obtaining a Specific Purpose Visa outside my home country

Hi, I am an Australian and also have British nationality. I would like to apply for a Specific Purpose Visa (visa de objeto determinado) in order to apply for Temporary Residency in Bolivia. I am currently in South America which would make it too expensive to return to my home country to apply for this visa. Does anyone know if it is possible to obtain this visa from outside my home country? (ie, the Bolivian Consulate in Peru)...

Also, would there be any problem if I entered first on a 3 month tourist visa, then after the 90 days left the country to apply for a visa de objeto determinado?

Many thanks,

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Jan 27, 2012
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Thanks
by: Anonymous

It's very reassuring to know that this is possible. Thanks :)

Jan 27, 2012
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Should be possible
by: Anonymous

Hello! I am American and I recently got a specific-purpose visa at the Bolivian consulate in Lima. It wasn't the simplest process -- I had to go to the consulate five times over four days -- but it worked. I don't know what the requirements are for UK/AUS nationals, but you can call the consulate at +51 1-4228231 to find out. Their hours are 9am-1pm. Good luck!

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how to change to a specific purpose visa?


(USA )

Hi, thanx for this web site: I'm a US citizen, if I were to travel to Bolivia on a tourist visa, and then decide I want to stay longer, can I go to a neighboring country to apply for the specific purpose visa, or do I have to return to the US to apply for it?

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Aug 19, 2010
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not the preferred method but possible
by: BoliviaBella

Although that is not the preferred method (and by that I mean not preferred by the governments) we are hearing that it is possible. However, you would have to be sure a) that you do so before your tourist visa expires, b) that the neighboring country you go to doesn't also require an entry visa from you, or if it does that you have one, and c) that you have complied with all the pre-requisites for the specific purpose visa (documentation they require) so you won't have any trouble obtaining it.

I called the Bolivian cancillería in Santa Cruz once time with this same question about two months ago for another traveler and was told it is OK to do so as long as you have fulfilled all the requirements for the specific purpose visa. On that occasion the traveler needing to do this went to Peru about one month prior to his Bolivian tourist visa expiring. I hope this information is helpful?

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Can I change a tourist visa to a specific purpose visa once I'm already in Bolivia?

by marla
(bolivia)

hi. i am from singapore and i need to get my one year visa for bolivia as i am volunteering here.
i have got all my documents and even ones from interpol, i just need a specific purpose visa - can you tell me how to do this and how much it will cost?

is it possible to get my one year visa with out this change of status? i am currently on a tourist visa which can be extended up to 90 days - and have about 45 days left.

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Mar 24, 2015
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Entered on the wrong visa
by: Anonymous

Changing a tourist visa to a specific purpose visa is very costly and time consuming.

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Acquiring Specific Purpose Visa for Bolivia in Peru

by Aaron
(Cochabamba)

I am an American citizen currently in Bolivia on a tourist visa. I need to get a specific purpose visa for residency. Is it possible to get a specific purpose visa from a Bolivian consulate in Peru? If so, how long would it take? Thanks.

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Apr 29, 2013
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Getting an SPV for Bolivia in Peru
by: Anonymous

You can acquire a visa for Bolivia at a Bolivian consulate in Peru. It normally takes 24-48 hours but depends on weekends, holidays, etc. The cost for Americans (oh excuse me, U.S. CITIZENS) is $85.

In order to ensure you have no problems, you need to be sure the consulate is a full consulate and not an honorary consulate (they have limited services).

You also have to be sure you fulfill all the requirements for an SPV. You should request a list of the requirements from any Bolivian consulate in Peru, or even previously any Bolivian consulate in the U.S. can provide you the list.


Apr 22, 2013
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by: Aaron

I apologize. I am a United States of American citizen. So I guess if I call all of my Bolivian neighbors 'americanos' they'll be cool with that... right? I know Evo would love it. Thanks for helping with my questions by the way.

Apr 22, 2013
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Visa Information
by: Anonymous

Wi-I get off your high horse. He just wanted some information, not a lecture.

Apr 22, 2013
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Please learn
by: Wi-l

I believe you meant you are a US citizen, because Americans are all of we that live either in North or South AMERICA, please learn for once and for all!!!!!

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american applying for special objective visa, then residence visa

hi!
i'm planning to go to santa cruz to be with my boyfriend who will soon have a 1-year work contract/visa there. it looks like i will need to first do a "special objective visa" (30 days) and then during the 30 days there apply for a 1-year residence visa.

can anyone give me more information on what kinds of "special purposes" are generally approved for the visa? and then, what kind of requirements are there for applying for a resident visa? we do have a bolivian friend who could probably do the letter of introduction.

i am a marketing consultant and can work "virtually" via phone/internet with my american clients. i speak pretty good spanish, but not sure if i could get work there as well... (in marketing or other areas).

thanks for the help!! of course, i'd also appreciate any other tips, suggestions, etc. you might have.
GRACIAS!!
- tiny

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Nov 18, 2010
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21 days and 30 days
by: BoliviaBella

What you need to be aware of is that once your visa de objeto determinado has been issued (as in glued into your passport), you must travel within 21 days. AND as of the moment you arrive in Bolivia, the visa gives you 30 days in the country during which time you will begin your residency application procedure.

Nov 18, 2010
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Are you sure?
by: Anonymous

Are you sure that if you get the specific purpose visa too soon it will run out before you get there? According to boliviawdc.com, your 30-day period BEGINS when you arrive in Bolivia, not once the stamp is on the passport."La visa de objeto determinado para todos los extranjeros será de 30 dias desde(from) la fecha(date) de ingreso(entrance) a Bolivia." Thanks! And also wanted to ask: I have our marriage certificates, they are translated, notarized, and im about to get them authenticated. Is that all that they need? To they need to be certified by anyone else? Do the translated copies have to have the same authentication? Thank you!

Mar 11, 2010
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always check with a Bolivian consulate or immigration first
by: BoliviaBella

I want to remind everyone that it's always a good idea to check with the Bolivian consulate nearest you before you arrive, and if you are already here to double check information provided in this forum with your local immigration office.

There have been many changes in immigration policy recently and changes are likely to continue so, although we are doing our best to remain informed by contacting immigration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ourselves whenever we feel it's necessary, and we do our best to keep the information on this site updated, it should not be understood as legal advice.

Use if as a general guideline, and check with Bolivian authorities prior to beginning your visa requests or residency applications.

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the purpose of the specific purpose visa is...
by: BoliviaBella

The visa de objeto determinado, or specific purpose visa, is only designed to give you time to fulfill a purpose - that being to begin your request for residency. It isn't designed to be extended for long periods of time.

If, once you get to Bolivia, you begin your residency application and it becomes obvious you won't complete the process within the assigned 30 days, immigration may (at its sole discretion) extend your specific purpose visa for another 30 days to give you time to complete your residency application.

But they usually only extend it for 30 days at a time and there is no guarantee they would extend it more than once. There is also no guarantee they would extend it at all, if they see you are doing nothing to apply for residency. If you plan to be here that long, you should consider applying for residency.

Mar 11, 2010
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Interested in Residency
by: David

Hi, I'm in Bolivia for at least a year and just got my visa de objeto determinado. May I contact someone at Bolivia Bella for more information on either a.) extending the OD visa or b.) applying for residency? I've heard the OD extension can also take several months. Specifically, I'd like to know if I'm better of extending the OD visa several times or going through the arduous residency process. Thanks for your help.


Feb 25, 2010
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updated visa information page
by: BoliviaBella

I've updated our Visa Information page as of 25 February 2010.

Feb 15, 2010
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good question tiny
by: BoliviaBella

Hi again Tiny.

Q1. Is "I'm accompanying my boyfriend" enough. I'm not a lawyer myself so I'd like to put you in touch with the lawyer we work with so you can ask her this question. She's fully bilingual. Send me a message so I can email you her email address offline. Use the secure form on this page. Since the response for a married couple would be different, let's ask her.

Q2. Yes, you can also mention that you already own a business and plan to continue working at it while in Bolivia because you work online. They are looking at whether or not you will have an income and won't depend on the government.

Q3. Yes, you can renew the residency visa once you're here if you plan to stay. The renewal process is very similar to the initial application. In fact, if you do plan to stay, you'll want to start the renewal process about 1 month before it runs out.

Our price includes all the payments you would make if you were to pursue the process on your own: to Immigration and all other institutions such as Interpol, Police, doctor, bank, photos, Cenetrop, lawyer or notary, a power of attorney so our lawyer can do it all for you, and our fee all in one. Just let us know. Happy to help out.

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gracias!
by: tiny

thanks so much for all the detailed info. that's very helpful. it's especially good to know about calling regarding timing it since there is only a 21-day window.
so... just a couple more things to be sure i'm clear...

- it sounds like it could be reason enough that i am going to meet up with my boyfriend and live with him there, true? and would that work for both the "special objective" and residency applications?

- as far as activities, i have my own "virtual" business and i want to get involved with some dance classes there as well. is that the kind of information they want to know?

- can you renew the residency visa after the 1st year?

that's great that boliviabella offers visa services. i'll have to take a closer look and look at my budget to see if i can take advantage of that. (sure would be easier...).
thanks again!! by the way, i live in california too. :)
-tiny

Feb 15, 2010
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in response to your question
by: BoliviaBella

The specific purpose visa is a 30-day visa you need to get from the Bolivian consulate in the US just for entry into Bolivia.

Go to www.bolivia-usa.org
Click on Tourist Visa

When that page opens up, scroll down to the list of requirements to get the Specific Purpose Visa (it's UNDER the list for the tourist visa).

Basically, you will have to write a letter to the consul of Bolivia telling him why you plan to travel to Bolivia and why you intend to request residency. Just let him know what activities you plan to do here. You could mention that you will be accompanying your boyfriend who does have a work contract. Your boyfriend will also need the specific purpose visa to enter Bolivia.

You'll need to send them your passport, photos, letter of intent, copy of your flight ticket or itinerary, yellow fever shot certificate, and where you will be staying when you first arrive, etc. They tell you to send a self-addressed stamped envelope so they can return your passport to you, but I usually call the consulate and ask when it's ready and then I send Fedex to pick it up and ship it to me - it's safer.

Also, you should contact them by phone first to time it with them - the specific purpose visa, once attached to your passport is only valid for 21 days - you don't want to get it too early, or it will run out before you even fly down here. On the other hand, you don't want to request it too late. So call them. The number is on the website above. I use the DC consulate every time, even though I lived in California but there are several around the country.

Once you are both on the ground, the residency application procedure is quite long. It's not complicated, just long and tedious with much running around to different institutions. There's a lot to get done in the 30 initial days. Once you have completed all the pre-requisites and gather all the required documentation together, you present it to Immigration along with your residency application, and they give you a document stating your request for residency in "en trámite" which means it is under consideration. When you have that document you pretty much just have to wait for them to return your passport with the residency stamped into it.

BoliviaBella just launched a new set of Expat Services. If you want, we can process your entire visa application for you. Read this section and use the form on the page to contact me so I can give you more details by email. We connect you with a bilingual lawyer who works with us to process residencies for foreigners. She does almost all the work and you only have to accompany her when there is something to sign, or when you take your AIDS blood test, for example. Other than that, she does it all for you.

BoliviaBella Expat Services Home Page

Expat Services - The Residency Application

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Objeto de determinado can be changed on exiting Bolivia?

by G
(UK)

I entered Bolivia on an Objeto de determinado visa of 30 days with the intention to extend it to 8 months. I was told by my consulate in London that all the necessary documents will be sent to Bolivian foreign affairs (that is the name they gave - very vague). Evidently they have not arrived. I am now having to apply with a load more documents including a criminal check. This seems very long winded.

I want to know if I can leave Bolivia and go to Peru for example and then re enter on a 90 day tourist visa? Then I can leave the country again and get another 90 days issued. Is this possible?

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Nov 07, 2011
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must do temporal residency
by: Anonymous

The consulate in London is not very professional, but they sort of prepare you for what's coming whilst in Bolivia you will be misinformed...if i'm being mean. I defo advice you to apply for that temporal residency of one year. Yes, it seems complicated, but strangely it will be the simplest and the only legal solution if you planning to stay 8 months. Many people in queues at Migracion are those volunteering in Bolivia for just few months.

That criminal check(interpol check) is actually one thing you want to apply for in a first place as it takes longer than your 30 days to obtain it. Then you will have to pay a fee for overstaying your objeto determinado. There are people you can pay to do all the queuing for you except for the things you must do personally(ie. fingerprints at interpol).

It's not as daunting as it seems..the queues were endless when i applied for mine and one year later getting my renewal went super fast (well for their manana standards of service). Good luck!

Nov 02, 2011
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Tourist Visa - 90 Days
by: Altiplano

The maximum period in any 365 days that you can stay in Bolivia on a Tourist Visa is 90 days. You could return from Peru for the 90 days on the tourist Visa, and then reapply for a Visa Obejto Determinado which will give you another 30 days. This can then be extended for another 30 days.

Changing from a Tourist Visa to Objeto Determinado within Bolivia costs Bs2,500, however you can do it for USD85.00 at a Bolivian consulate outside the country.

Oct 31, 2011
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The tourist visa only lasts 90 days
by: Anonymous

I've been told the tourist visa only lasts 90 days and then cannot be renewed. You can only remain in the country for 90 days each year. But I'm American and the rules that apply may be different from you because you are from England and everything depends on the country that you come from, and the agreements that exist between Bolivia and each country. It would seem to me that you should direct that question to immigration officials.

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Where's the application form for a Specific Purpose Visa??

Hi all. I cant find an application form anywhere - can anyone help?! I've tried ringing the embassy/consulate in London and they never answer the phone or ring back. I've also written to them and as yet received no reply. I really need to do this ASAP...I want to leave in 3 weeks!! And just to confirm, this would be the right application for a working visa? Many thanks. If anyone can help please do! Thanks!!!

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visa de objeto determinado

Hello, we need to apply for a visa de objeto determinado. The only thing I am unsure of is the Statement letter. Could you tell me what it needs to contain (we will be in Bolivia volunteering with a church)? Also, what do I write for my children? Thanks!

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Mar 22, 2010
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visa de objeto determinado statement letter
by: BoliviaBella

Basically, the statement is a letter in which you detail why you plan to move to Bolivia and what you will be doing here. If you are going to volunteer with a church here then that is what you need to say and possibly add some details explaining some of the activities you will be participating in. You might want to mention the name of the church where you'll be volunteering and provide other contact data. For your children you would basically put that they will be moving to Bolivia with you because they are minors and must accompany and live with you. You might also let them know how you plan to educate your children while you live here.

The government basically wants to know exactly what activities you will be carrying out here, where you will be living when you get here, and how you will make a living and sustain yourself during the time you are here (if you're volunteering you'll need to be sure you can prove you have a way to sustain yourself financially during the entire time you are here), and that sort of thing. They want to know you won't end up on the street after arriving and letting them know that you have someone to contact or who can help you while you are here is a good thing to add to the letter. Just be straightforward and truthful.

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How do you obtain a special purpose visa???

by SLB
(Texas)

I am so confused! All I keep hearing over and over is how you must have a special purpose visa to enter Bolivia if you intend on applying for residency (which I do). However, I can find NO information about how to obtain this visa. There is no option for a special purpose visa application on the consulate website. When my family and I traveled to Bolivia last year, we received our tourist visas at the airport in SC. We had all of our papers and documentation in order and ready for them to process. I was surprised at how quickly they processed them! Do we do the same for our special purpose visa? Even so, where do we get the form to fill out to take and have ready? I am just so confused and we will be moving to Cbba within a few months!

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Dec 07, 2010
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requirements
by: Anonymous

I turned in everything I thought I needed to the Bolivian Consulate in Washington D.C. On their website they say that an unfinished visa application will be returned without being considered. I found this out the hard way. They returned all of my stuff with a sheet of paper that told me what I was missing. It had descriptions of what I needed, and a check mark next to the things that were missing.

You need: the sworn statement for visa application, a passport size photo, your passport, a money order for $85, and introduction letter (saying why you are moving to Bolivia and why in Spanish, or a letter from the organization your are moving there to work with), a photocopy of your itinerary or flight plans, proof of economic solvency (like a bank or credit card statement), a copy or your yellow fever vaccine certification, and either a copy or your hotel reservation or a letter of invitation from the people you will be staying with (in Spanish, and it has to have their address, phone number, and signature on it), an finally an envelope with your return address and postage. I believe that is everything you need, but if you want to be safe you should call the consulate.


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How to get a specific purpose visa for Bolivia
by: BoliviaBella

You need to contact the Bolivian consulate nearest you, or the Bolivian consulate in Washington D.C. Their website is www.bolivia-usa.org On the first page click on TOURIST VISA (even though you're going to request the specific purpose visa). When you get to the next page, you'll see the options for both types of visas - click on SPECIFIC PURPOSE VISA and it will bring up a list that tells you what all the requirements are.

You can also read more here

www.boliviabella.com/visa.html

or see all the messages others have written in to our Bolivia Visa Forum here

www.boliviabella.com/bolivia-visa-requirements.html

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Can I get a specific purpose visa for Bolivia while I am in Ecuador?

by rick
(ecuador)

I am a retired American currently visiting Ecuador. I am interested in applying for Bolivian residency. Is it possible to get this specific purpose visa in Ecuador. As I said I am retired and don't intend to work. I also do not intend to return to the United States. Thanks.

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Jun 03, 2012
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Visa Bolivia
by: Chris

I'm a German living in Cochabamba, Bolivia since 2006. There is a German lawyer that always helped me with all my paperwork for the visas.

He also works for several consulates here.

If you like I can give you his email, so that you can get in touch with him.

He doesn't charge neither, and you can trust him, that is worth something as well here.

Get in touch with me if you would like his email:
chris.hergenroeder@gmail.com

Jun 01, 2012
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Go to the Bolivian consulate in Ecuador
by: Anonymous

Not sure what city you are in, in Ecuador, but what you have to do is visit the nearest Bolivian consulate (not embassy). They will give you the requirements that you must fulfill.

You will need to explain to them that you plan to retire in Bolivia, that you do not plan to work, that you do not plan to return to the US, that you have place to stay in Bolivia, that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months, and that you have a steady means of income to support you while you live here. They may also ask you to provide a letter explaining your reasons for moving to Bolivia, they may ask you where you plan to live, and they may ask you to present proof of livelihood and bank account statements.

The visa de objeto determinado, or specific purpose visa, gives you 30 days in Bolivia. During those 30 days you must initiate you application for residency. Once you have turned in all the paperwork they require of you, they will give you a document that states your application is "en trámite" (being processed) and you may remain the country freely with no further payment to anyone until your passport is returned to you with the visa sticker in it.

There are a lot of requirements and documents to procure for the residency application. I suggest you begin immediately once you arrive in Bolivia. Begin with the INTERPOL certificate. It takes the longest.

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Do you need an outside sponsor to get a specific purpose visa?

by Tina
(Wisconsin, USA)

Hi. I'm writing from the United States, and I'm just curious of the requirements of obtaining a specific purpose visa. I'm not sure if you'll know the specifics, but I just thought I'd ask.

I'm moving to Bolivia early in 2011 and hoping to stay about a year. I'm not sure of what I'll be doing, but I will be living with my boyfriend in Santa Cruz. I plan on volunteering and possibly getting a job.

Do I need to have a volunteer organization to sponsor me and write a letter for my visa, even if I plan on supporting myself financially?

Any information you can give me would be great.

Thank you

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Oct 15, 2010
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does the letter need to be in spanish
by: Anonymous

Yes, I think it does. Most consulates have translators who can do the translation for you. You could contact the consulate you are planning on using to ask if it is necessary for it to be in Spanish, and if so, if they can suggest one of their translators.

Oct 15, 2010
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letter in Spanish?
by: Anonymous

Does the letter of introduction for the specific purpose visa need to be written in Spanish??

Sep 02, 2010
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Do you need an outside sponsor to get a specific purpose visa?
by: BoliviaBella

You don't need a sponsor but you do have to show how you will support yourself while you live here. And having a letter from an organization you will volunteer for would not be a bad thing. You can do that when you apply for your specific purpose visa. You can send a letter of intent (it's required anyway) in which you explain that you plan to work on your own in Bolivia, what you plan to do, that you will ALSO volunteer, that you will be living with your boyfriend who will also be helping with bills, etc. They may ask you to show proof of monthly income or bank statements showing you'll have enough to live on. It depends on the consulate.

Since you plan to be self-employed here, ask them if you will be required to register your company in Bolivia (such as, open a sole proprietorship in Bolivia). It's important to know that because if you do, you will be liable for taxes in Bolivia (and you'll still have to file a tax return in the US too even if you're living and working here).

Additionally, if you plan to work in Bolivia (even if self-employed) you may need a work permit from the Ministry of Labor which, for Americans, costs $300. That is in addition to your residency.

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A Tourist Visa or a Specific Purpose Visa?

by Poet
(Washington)

I will be traveling to Bolivia in April to visit and consult with colleagues at a high school there. I will be there for only 3 days at most. Over the next few years, I may visit Bolivia once or twice more for the same purpose and same length of stay.

Do I need a specific purpose visa for this, or will a tourist visa suffice?

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A Tourist Visa or a Specific Purpose Visa?
by: Anonymous

You would probably benefit most from a tourist visa. With a tourist visa (which currently costs about $135 and for Americans lasts 5 years) you are allowed to enter the country up to a total of 90 days during each of those 5 years.

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Object Determinado for a family wanting to start a business

by GWN Dilshan
(Sri Lanka)

Hi, We are a family who want to invest in a restaurant business in Bolivia. We are: myself, my father and mother and grand mother. Would it be possible to get 1 year residency for all of us? Is it even possible to apply like that?

dilshan_n@live.com

Thanks.

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you need a specific purpose visa
by: BoliviaBella

Hi, I'm the webmaster of BoliviaBella.com You are correct, if you are planning to come to Bolivia to request residency and/or start a business you need to come on a visa de objeto determinado (one for each person). Anonymous below is correct in that each person will require a visa. However, a tourist visa will not do.

In countries where there is no Bolivian consulate, you can use a consulate in a neighboring country or nearby anywhere in your region. You would have to request the visas by mail. You might try

South Africa (Johannesburg)
CONSULADO GENERAL DE BOLIVIA EN SUDAFRICA, JOHANNESBURGO
(27) 11 883 3416
(27) 11 883 7126
seabeco@tiscali.co.za
sgalleguillos@yahoo.com
consulbo@tiscali.co.za

Egypt (Cairo)
SECCION CONSULAR DE BOLIVIA EN EGIPTO, EL CAIRO
2023- 7624363; 7624362
2023-7624360
embolivia_egipto@yahoo.com;
bolivemb@idsc.gov.eg

I am not an immigration lawyer. Please do not take this as legal advice. It is simply what is listed on the Bolivian Foreign Affairs website at www.rree.gob.bo

For more locations you might try clicking on the website and then on REPRESENTACIONES DE BOLIVIA EN EL EXTERIOR on the blue navigation bar on the left side of the site. It will open a page that allows you to search embassies and consulates by country.

The Bolivian consulate in Washington DC website has a listing of the requirements. You may want to use that as a guide even if you can't use that consulate (or maybe you can - you could ask)
www.bolivia-usa.org (click on VISA DE TURISTA and it will take you to a page that lists the requirements for both the tourist and the specific purpose visa). In any case you could phone or fax them as they speak English - I hear they are very good at responding. Better than other consulates in the US.

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On tourist visas?
by: Anonymous

I thought you can not come on tourist visa for this purpose. You need to get a Specific Purpose visa, don't you?

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each person gets a visa
by: Anonymous

You need to apply for a travel visa for each person in the US. Once you are in Bolivia each person needs to apply for residency separately, although of course at immigration you will be explaining to them that your business will be family-owned and run together.

When you begin doing your paperwork to start your business, you will have to consider which type of business you plan to open: sole proprietorship, limited liability, partnership, etc. and each type has different requirements. However, you first need your residency.

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Can I apply for a Bolivian specific purpose visa, in Brazil?, Im Chinese

by Favio G
(La Paz )

Hello Friend. Im planning to visit Bolivia, after I visited Brazil, Can I apply for Specific Purpose Visa , while Im living in Brazil? My nationality is Chinese. Thanks a lot!

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6 Months in Bolivia - Extending a Specific Objective Visa (Specific Purpose Visa)

I currently have a Specific Objective visa and I'd like to extend it for another 5 months. I went to the immigration office and they gave me the option of buying two extensions for 630Bs each. However that would only give me another 60 days in Bolivia. Someone advised me that I could then leave the country and re-enter as a tourist, giving me another 90 days. But is there a risk I will not be allowed back in the country, having stayed for 90 days already? Many thanks

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60 days in Bolivia
by: Anonymous

Hi, so far i didnt know about someone having problem after entering with a Visa de objeto determinado, and re entering with a tourist Visa.
Enter with a tourist visa is a legal procedure.

I think overstaying is more risky, regarding the fine you might have to pay.

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Specific Objective Visa
by: Anonymous

what I know about specific purpose visa is you must apply for permanent resident within the first 30 days that you arrive. With that you are allowed to stay in Bolivia as long as the process takes. You entered with a specific purpose visa, for a purpose.


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Can I enter Bolivia twice in one year, once with an SPV visa and once with a tourist visa?

by Celina
(Australia)

Hello, Earlier this year I entered Bolivia on a specific purpose visa. I wanted to know if I can go back as a tourist (as either Australian or German citizen)? I plan on staying for just under the 90 days.

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Is a Round Trip Ticket Necessary for a Specific Purpose Visa?

Hello, I would like to spend 9-10 months in Bolivia and just to live there and travel around the country. I'm trying to get a Specific Purpose Visa from the closest Bolivian consulate, so that I can apply for 1 year residency once I arrive to Bolivia. Is it so that I have to present the Bolivian consulate a round trip airline ticket? And for example presenting a bus ticket to Peru is not enough?

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British - specific purpose visa confusion

by Gemma
(UK)

I am British and i am a Phd student here to gather data. I spoke with the consulate in London and i gave ALL the appropriate information and forms for the specific purpose visa. They then told me that I will be given a 30 day visa to enter the country and that when I am in Cochabamba I can extend this to 8 months as I requested. She said that all my papers and documents were sent to Cochabamba to the foreign ministry of affairs were she said it will be straight forward to extend it as they have my info. Can somebody confirm if this is correct, because I went to the immigration office in Cochabamba and they had no clue what I was talking about.

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You have to apply for residency
by: Anonymous

Gemma, in Bolivia you cannot extend a 30-day visa for 8 months, that I know of. Normally the specific purpose visa (visa de objeto determinado) gives you 30 days to be in country upon arrival. You have those 30 days to begin the request for residency. Even if you are not going to be here a whole year, you would have to apply for the 1-year residency, because you are going to be here nearly 1 year. It wouldn't have worked to come on a tourist visa because the tourist visa only lasts 90 days.

Sometimes you can extend the 30-day specific purpose visa for another 30 days. But I've never heard of them allowing you to extend it month to month over a period of 8 months. However, you could go to immigration, explain to them that you are a volunteer, that you don't plan to stay a full year, but that you will be staying 8 months and ask them if there is any possibility that you could extend your visa once a month for 8 months. Not sure what they'll say to that, but you can't lose anything by trying.

The other option would be to apply for residency which would take a little time, but may end up costing you less in the long run. It only takes about 2-3 months.

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Specific purpose visa for Bolivia

by Jamie
(Ecuador)

I´m a Canadian citizen living in Ecuador, and am interested in applying for residency in Bolivia. Are the rules the same as from the last post I saw (2012) and can I apply for the specific purpose visa from a Bolivian Consulate here in Ecuador?
Thanks

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Bolivia specific purpose visa and tourist visa

by Kevin
(La Paz)

Hi. I'm french and I have a specific purpose visa (internship) for one month. My internship lasts four months and my visa is just for one month, normal.

I went to the immigration service this morning and they told me than I only can renew my visa two times... so i will have a visa for three months. But what concerning the fourth month?

I don't want to make a temporary resident visa for one year because it's too much complicated (blood test, chest x-ray, interpol...) so I'm asking you : is it possible to pay for my specific purpose visa for two months and then stay in Bolivia the last month as a tourist?

Or am I obliged to leave the country (by Lake Titicaca for example) and then to go back in bolivia the next day as a tourist?

Or is it completely impossible and then i will be obliged to pay 20 bolivianos per day or to make a temporary resident visa for one year ??

Thank you very much for your answers !

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Feb 14, 2012
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Special porpose Visa
by: Rebeca

Special porpose visa for two times,
that makes 3 months, the fourth month is better pay a fine of 20 bs a day for 30 days or the number of days your planning to stay.
Taht is the better way i can sugget.
there is no problem to pay the fine.
You are right, applying for one year residence visa it is too complicated, wothr it when you want to live in bolivia.

Anyways if you have had come on a tourist visa, you would have only 3 months.

Good luck, any question write to rebecagonzales@gmail.com
cel 7788 2222
I work for bolivia Bella Expath SErvices.

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Same problem
by: Kim

Hi Kevin, I'm in the same situation.
What did you do?

Greetz
Kim

Sep 22, 2011
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Specific Purpose Visa
by: Rebeca

Hi, If you stay in the country more than 3 month then you have to pay 20 bolivianos per day, but only until you live the country not the whole year.
Also going to the nearest border, and coming back you can get the tourist visa, but take into account that, unless you want to visit that area, is not convenient in economical terms. Better pay the fine.
Good luck, Rebeca

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Ask for an extension
by: Rebeca Gonzales

Hi,if you have an specific purpose visa, and you are going to stay only 4 months i do recommend to ask for an extension of your visa. You can ask for this extension two times, if you notice, you will have 90 days.. after that you can stay the extra 30 days and pay a fine, 20 bolivianos a day. Sound weird but because of my experience, this way is better, other way is more expensive, and you won't have your visa until 3 months later and you are going to do more paperwork and spend more money. Regards, Rebeca.

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Is a round trip airline ticket necessary for the Specific Purpose Visa to Bolivia?

Hello, I would like to spend 9-10 months in Bolivia and just to live there and travel around the country. I'm trying to get a Specific Purpose Visa from the closest Bolivian consulate, so that I can apply for 1 year residency once I arrive to Bolivia. Is it so that I have to present to them a round trip airline ticket? And for example presenting a bus ticket to Peru is not enough?

-Rebecca

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Got my special objective visa and I am in La Paz

by Tyler
(La Paz!!)

I wanted to share what happened with me and how I got where I am so others can use this for their own answers.

I applied for a special objective visa and explained my circumstances with honesty in my letter of intent. My situation is unusual as I want to marry, study, and work (possibly volunteer, possibly not depending.)

I sent in all the requirements on the website including 1 photocopy of a notarized letter of intent to marry from my fiancee

1 letter including information about one of the volunteer places I have considered helping. (no signature, just info about the purpose of the NGO/ONG.)

Photos of me and my fiancee together.

They sent me the visa pretty fast. They kept all my other documents.

***I want to include that I had to get other documents to marry ready, but they were not included in the visa packet so that is a different story for a different post***

I was nervous about immigration at the airport and customs. Immigration was more friendly with me I think when they saw my reason for my visit than they were for my last one. Maybe they see tourists as more necessary than wanted as opposed to someone with ties to the country.

I brought over 1000$ in value of my items if brand new, but I shopped for nice things on e-bay for cheap and printed my receipts. I put the value is under 1000$ and they did not check my bags. I read something about a red light green light process where they check bags at random. I guess I just got lucky, but in exchange I cannot give better information about bringing high value items.

I had lots of electronics, dj gear and lighting as I want to purchase or open a bar in La Paz at some point. This is the dream of my fiancee. Either way they will come in handy for some sort of future projects.

The Bolivian migración in the airport is probably the most intimidating I have seen from first glance, but remember that they are people and greet them with a smile and respect and you will be surprised how far that can get you. That and enough Spanish to be cordial. That goes for all of Bolivia.

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by: BoliviaBella

Thanks Tyler for sharing your experience. Hopefully it will help others feel less intimidated about the process. Great of you to take the time to post this!
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Bolivia Visa Requirements: Visa de Objecto Determinado

by Devan
(Cochabamba, Bolivia)

Hi, I entered Bolivia August 16, 2014, and am waiting for my papers to finish in Interpool, which should be in 1 week more. I would like to travel to Chile to visit some friends and host family for about 5-6 days the least, but my visa will end September 15, 2014. I am afraid that if I leave Bolivia to go to Chile, they will not allow me to enter back into Bolivia. Is it alright if I travel with an expired Visa, if I bring all the documents I sent to Interpol photocopied with me?

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Your passport will be held at immigration
by: BoliviaBella.com

When you apply for residency, your passport will be turned into Migracion (Immigration) along with all of the other documents relating to your residency application. Your passport will be returned to you with the residency stamp on it a few weeks later. Until then, it won't be possible for you to travel to Chile without a passport.

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Can i Get a Tourist Visa and Special Purpose Visa in the Same Year?

by Chris
(La Paz, Bolivia)

Hello! I am currently in Bolivia on a tourist visa and will be staying for the full 90 days. I'm returning to the United States afterward (I'm a U.S. Citizen). Would I be able to submit a special purpose visa while home and return to Bolivia on that visa after a month in the U.S.? I would then plan on applying for residency so I could stay another 6 months total.

I'm currently just touring, but found some volunteer work I'd love to do. I figure I could get letters and the necessary documents from the organization. Go to the U.S. Submit a special purpose visa application, and come back down to work with the volunteer organization for 6 months, applying for residency during my first month.

I would love to know if this is a possibility!

Thanks!

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Can't have 2 Visas Simultaneously
by: Jay Austin

The act of getting your special purpose visa will require that you get your tourist visa cancelled. You then will have 30 days to get your 1 year temporary residency established.
Be sure all of your ducks are lined up. You will be required to surrender your passport. It really, really helps having somebody who knows the system with power of attorney acting on your behalf (added benefit, you won't have to wait in all of the lines). I believe that the great folks behind BoliviaBella offer these type of services for incoming expats...
Good luck.
J

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Yes you can
by: Anonymous

The Bolivian government knows that many people test out a place before deciding to move there, or tour and then decide to live there so yes, once you go back to the US you will need to apply for a visa de objeto determinado at your nearest Bolivian consulate. The cost is $85. They will ask you for a letter of intention in which you will indicate your intention to request residency because you plan to volunteer for 6 months (I'd put "or possibly longer") and it would definitely be smart to attach a letter from the organization where you plan to volunteer stating that they have accepted your application to volunteer. This is important because many times tourists attempt to circumvent the 90-day per year rule by going out of the country and re-entering on a specific purpose visa and then they never apply for residency. They just use it as a way to gain another 30 days. So definitely, be sure you can prove with a letter that you have been accepted to volunteer.

You will do this at a Bolivian CONSULATE in the United States, not a Bolivian embassy. Embassies do not extend visas.

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by: Anonymous

Yes! That would work no problem. Make sure you communicate with the Bolivian embassy in your area in the US to gather all the necessary documents to apply for your special purpose visa. Good luck!

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Specific Purpose Visa (objeto determinado)

by Helen Mesa
(Hollywood FL)

I am 41 years old, and my roomate is 35. We have visited Bolivia 2 times, that last time was for 3 months. We want to obtain a Specific Purpose Visa but find it hard to do so, since they require for you to have a job in Bolivia.

We both have job in the United States, that we plan to keep. We would be traveling once a year back for 2-3 months to work. But want to be able to live in Bolivia the rest of the time.

As a Citizen of the United States what can we do to obtain a Specific Purpose Visa, what are the steps. We know we have to apply for it with the Consulate. And show income, but do not know which one to apply for.

Also they suggested we sign up for a Language class like learn Quechua or Aymara but we do not know if at our age that will be accepted for us obtain the Specific Purpose Visa.

Please help with this matter.

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Good post
by: Mrs. Kristy Hickle

What a great website you have!

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Ridiculous. You don't need a job or Aymara or Quechua.
by: Anonymous

There is absolutely no requirement for you to have a JOB in Bolivia in order to get residency in Bolivia. What you do need to do is submit proof that you have an income to show that you will have something to support yourself with while you are living here. If having a job were obligatory, there would not be tens of thousands of foreign retirees living in Bolivia, so they are wrong about that.

Secondly, there is absolutely NO language requirement to live in Bolivia. NONE whatsoever. Aymara and Quechua are only two of the over 30 official languages spoken in Bolivia so whoever told you that is completely wrong. Spanish is the only language you'll need in order to live here, that that isn't an obligation, it is for your own convenience.

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Getting a Specific Purpose Visa for Bolivia - Financially Speaking

by Celeste
(Tena, Ecuador)

Hola a todos! I'll be moving to Sucre in a few months. To get the SPV, is it necessary to show $2,500 in the bank?? I work online as an independant contractor. All I have to show is bank statements/pay stubs, but I don't have $2,500 in the bank. Does anyone know anything about the financial requirements? I have an American bank account in a credit union, btw.

Thanks!

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by: Rebeca

Hola Celeste,
To get the SPV, is it not necessary to show $2,500 in the bank. There are no rules indicating the exact amount to show, only find the way to show you have an income. If you work as an independant, show your bank statement. Better if you have a bank statement translated and authenticated by bolivian embassy or consular agency, and then once in bolivia by the chancellery. Regards

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Can I apply for an Specific Purpouse Visa to live in Bolivia with my boyfriend, who is working there?

by Ana Vicent
(Spain)

My boyfriend is working for a Spanish company in La Paz, he will be there for a year and I would like to live there with him. I don't need to work, though I would like to do it, here I am a Spanish teacher and I think I would be able to work there as a teacher too.

We are both Spanish, so I don't know if I can apply for a specifil purpouse visa in order to stay with him. What do you think it's a better idea?

a) say that I don't have the intention to work, just have the residence there to live with him

b) say that I intend to do volunteer work (which I am thinking about doing)

c)say that I am planning to look for a job there

d)say that I am a freelancer and I have my own income. This could be true, since I am a Spanish teacher and some of my classes are on Skype, so potentially I could have some income for my work overseas.

I am very worried about this, tomorrow I am going to the bolivian consulate in Madrid to enquire them, but it would be better if I had an idea of what's best.

Thank you very much,

A.

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by: Anonymous

thank you! I went to the bolivian consulate in Madrid and it seems that I have the option of getting a job or getting married...wow! lots to think about...and eager to move to La Paz anyways!

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visas
by: Anonymous

in order for you to apply for residence in bolivia you will need to obtain a specific purpose visa from a bolivian consulate in your country before arriving in bolivia...it is possible tp obtain a specific purpose visa after arrival but it can be very costly....for us citizens it costs 135.00 us dollars...it is valid for 30 days i believe....then you will need to apply for residency once you arrive here in bolivia...this is an additional step after you arrive and involves paper work and fees..depending on how long you plan on livung here....usually it starts out with a 1 year temporary visa....i am a us citizen and this was my case and i am married to a bolivian citizen...after the 1 year is exhausted...then you will apply for a 2 year....2 year cost near 300-00.....1 year cost between 350 and 500 for all the necessary paperwork and fees-

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Specific purpose visa for Americans traveling from Ecuador to Bolivia?

by Celeste
(Tena, Ecuador)

Hello! We're an American family that has lived in Ecuador continuously for the past year and would like to move permanently to Sucre, Bolivia on Feb. 5th, 2013. Do we HAVE to return home to the States first and do our paperwork there for the SPV? There is a Bolivian consulate here in Ecuador. I'm afraid to call them and just ask since my Spanish is only intermediate level.

Thanks guys!

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Aug 23, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Hi there,
My family is considering a year in either Sucre or somewhere in Ecuador in a few years--I'd love to hear your story! Any chance you could post your email?
Thanks,
Debbie

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No need to return to the US
by: Anonymous

The Bolivian consulate in Ecuador should issue you a specific purpose visa for travel to Bolivia. You shouldn't need to return to the US for that. You'll just need to comply with all the requirements for US-passport holders.

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Should I get a tourist visa or a specific purpose visa?

by Eliza
(Kansas, United States)

I'm very lost as to what visa I should obtain. I will be going to Sucre in June and will volunteer teach at a language school for 4 months (until November). I know that the tourist visa expires after 90 days, but can I just pay the fine, or how does that work? I don't know much about the specific purpose visa, but I read that it can take a really long time to get approved (3-4 months), and by that time, I will already be leaving Bolivia. There is so much information out there, I just don't know where to begin. Also, do I need to get the visa before I leave? Thanks.

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Specific Purpose Visa renewal

by Confused Dad
(Minnesota, US)

My daughter will be traveling to Bolivia next week to volunteer for two months (56 days). The Bolivian Consulate denied her application for a tourist visa and had us request a Specific Purpose visa instead, which they approved. Since the Specific Purpose vise is only good for 30 days, she will need to renew it once after arrival in La Paz.

The volunteer work she will be doing is 3.5 hours from La Paz, so it will be difficult, at best, for her to return to La Paz after 30 days to renew her Specific Purpose visa.

Our contact at the Bolivian Consulate in Washington, DC thinks she can simply get the extension immediately upon arrival in La Paz, but he's not positive of that and he has no contact info for Immigration Services in La Paz.

Our contact where she will be volunteering thinks that she will have to wait until the end of the first 30 days to apply for the extension, meaning a 7 hour round trip to La Paz.

So two questions: 1) Can she renew/extend the Specific Purpose visa immediately upon arrival in La Paz or does she have to wait until it is about to expire before extending it?

2) Where does she go to extend the visa? I'm assuming it can be done in the airport, but I'm not sure. Are there other options?

Thanks for any help anyone can provide (preferably by 6/5/2014, if possible).

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Need more information on the special purpose visa for Bolivia

by Bryan
(USA)

I have a current Bolivia tourist VISA used to visit Bolivia previously on my USA passport. I plan to apply for a special purpose VISA so I can move to Cochabamba as a self-supporting missionary, working with a local church there. The special purpose visa application requires a letter from the receiving and sending churches (no problem) but also must indicate one or other is covering my expenses. Actually I support myself from my retirement fund. How do I complete this part of the form? Can I just say I am seeking to retire in Bolivia?

Also, it asks for a departure/arrival date. Since this is unknown can I just select an approximate date or can I say "on or after (date)"?

I posed these questions to the Bolivia consulate in Washington DC but they did not respond.
Thanks!

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Show proof of income and letter of intent
by: Anonymous

In your letter of intent you can tell them that you don't plan to buy a round trip ticket because you are going to ask for residency in Bolivia. Tell them you're going to retire in Bolivia and that you will supporting yourself on your retirement income. You'll then have to also attach proof that you have one and how much it is - payment stubs, etc.

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Can I change my specific purpose with a tourist visa?

by Kim
(La Paz, Bolivia)

I am now staying in La Paz since 7 februari 2012. I am doing my internship here (study at Hogeschool Gent, Belgium) until the 27th of April. I have a Visa Objeto Determinado and just extended it for 30 days. My flight back to Belgium is only the 31st of May.

I don't know what I got to do... I don't want to pay 500 dollars to request a residantial Visa.

Somebody knows if I can change my Visa objeto determinado in an tourist visa in a month or so? And will I be able to travel to Peru around 15 May, and come back to take my flight back to Belgium on 31st of May?

Thank you for your help
Kim

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What should I write when asking for a specific purpose visa?

by Curious George
(USA)

I really need to visit my fiance for christmas but I already used my 90 days allowance from my tourist visa, so I'm thinking about applying for a specific purpose visa to be able to visit for about 3 weeks.

Would it be fine if I just state that my purpose is tourism? Is there any other way I can get the visa?

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It's for requesting residency
by: Anonymous

The specific purpose visa is meant for foreigners who plan to request residency in Bolivia. Therefore, in the letter to request the visa you are expected to explain what your plan will be for living and working/earning a living in Bolivia. It isn't really meant to be used as a temporary solution to the 90-day rule. However, if you already used up your 90 days in Bolivia for 2012, you would be eligible for another 90 days in 2013, beginning on January 1st.

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Sri Lankan Citizen - Getting a Specific Purpose Visa

by T.Arulchelvan
(Srilanka)

I am Sri Lankan citizen and will go to Bolivia to participate in an official Training Program. How can I get the visa?

T.Arulchelvan
Srilanka

email Address : tachelvan@gmail.com

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