Colombia LLM Resources
This page is a resource for Colombian lawyers who would like to attend a U.S. LLM program.
Obtaining a U.S. Visa for Colombian Students
Lawyers from Colombia who have been accepted to an LLM program at a law school in the United States must hold an F-1 student visa when they enter the country to begin their studies.
Visa applicants should be aware that strict security procedures might extend the amount of time required to obtain a visa. The U.S. Embassy advises against formalizing travel plans or purchasing nonrefundable tickets until the visa application process is finalized.
Applicants for student visas must complete these requirements:
Obtain Form I-20A-B from the accepting U.S. law school. This form verifies the applicant’s eligibility for an F-1 visa.
Visit the Consular Electronic Application Center and complete the DS-160 visa application form. Upload a 2 in. x 2 in. recent passport-type photograph when the form is submitted.
Visit Servicio Oficial de Visas to schedule a visa interview with a consular officer and pay the $160 visa application fee.
Prospective students are required to register with the pay a registration fee that is typically $200. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security uses SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) to maintain information about student visa holders during their stay in the United States.
At the time of the visa interview, present a Colombia national identity card and a current valid passport. The passport expiration data must be six months past the planned date of graduation.
Provide transcripts and diplomas for previous academic programs and degrees along with scores from standardized tests (LSAT, etc.).
Provide financial records showing that the applicant or the applicant’s sponsors have adequate funding for tuition and all school and living expenses during the period of study.
Before applying for a visa, visit the Embassy of the United States in Bogota, Columbia website for complete visa application details.
LLM Resources for Colombian Lawyers
Lawyers who are interested in participating in an LLM program in the United States, will be pleased to know that there are a wide variety of LLM scholarships for international students.
Hispanic National Bar Association
While studying in the United States, many Colombian lawyers decide to join the Hispanic National Bar Association (HBNA). Nineteen regional affiliates of this national organization are located in cities across the nation. Benefits of membership include continuing legal education, networking events and access to news related to Hispanic lawyers, judges and law students in the United States. The HBNA includes a law student division that offers a support environment that addresses many of the challenges of law school.
Colombian-American Bar Association
The Colombian-American Bar Association (COLBAR) is another professional organization that serves the Colombian-American legal community and the community at large. COLBAR, which is based in Miami, provides education and networking programs for its members. No dues are required for law students.