It’s not a bad idea if you’re planning to Immigrate to Chile, as this article will provide you with all the necessary information about Chile Immigration Application procedures.
To Immigrate to Chile implies, you residing in Chile and having a Residence Permit.
You should have a purpose of Immigration before you apply for the VISA. Your Immigration purpose might be work, investing in Chile for years, reunite with family etc.
Nationals of all Countries who wants to Immigrate to Chile, must apply for the VISA before they Immigrate.
Required Documents For The Chile Immigration VISA
You will have to submit the following documents:
- Copies of your passport pages, including personal information, issue/expiry date, and any previous VISAs.
- Your passport must be valid for at least six more months.
- Proof of Legal status in your Country of residence, if applicable (e.g. if you are a Permanent Resident in a Country other than your Country of origin, include a copy of your PR card).
- One digital passport-size picture:
- It must be taken in a studio (professionally taken)
- It must have a plain white or off-white background
- It must be colored
- It must show you clearly and with a neutral facial expression
- It must be 4.5 x 4.5 cm (2 inches x 2 inches) in size
- You must not wear hats or headgear which cover your hair/hairline or face.
- You must wear plain, day to day clothes.
- You must remove your glasses.
- Flight itinerary and reservation.
- Hotel reservation/proof of accommodation.
- Bank statements from the past three months.
- A letter explaining the reasons you are traveling.
- Letter of invitation (if applicable)
- If you will join a family member: Marriage certificate or birth certificate proving your family relationship, as applicable. They must be apostilled and translated.
- In case of internship/work/religious/academic reasons: Invitation letter from the Company hosting you, signed in front of a Public Notary in Chile.
- In case of minors: Letter guaranteeing your Parents/Legal Guardians will financially support you. Must be signed and sealed and authenticated by a Public Notary.
- If you have a contract: Include the contract, which is signed in front of a Public Notary.
- For academic purposes: Copies of your Educational Degrees/Certificates. They must be apostilled and translated.
- Application form and personal information form, typed and in English. You can download the forms on the Chile Abroad – Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
- Any other documents related to your purpose of travel.
Note: You have to attach the documents in PDF format, on the online Chile VISA application service. Additionally, you must have originals of all the documents you uploaded, when you visit the nearest Chile consulate to obtain your VISA.
Like all other VISAs, the Chile Immigration VISA must be applied online, through this website https://tramites.minrel.gov.cl/.
Then you must proceed to these processes;
- Start the online Chile VISA application. You can select the language you want to complete your application in once you access the Chile online VISA application website. Next, you will see several buttons. Select “VISA Application” To start your application, you will be redirected to your online application form.
- Answer all the questions: You will have to first of all register by giving your Nationality and Age, the details of your trip and the type of passport you have. You will receive a Verification Code once you complete this section, which you can use to go back to your application later. The next section is the identification information section, which asks your name, gender, country of birth, etc. You have to answer details about your family, such as your parents’ names, Nationalities and address/es etc., on the third section. On the “General Description” passage, you must answer details about your physical appearance (eyes, hair, skin, height) and your Educational and Professional background. Then, you must select the answer regarding the activity you will take up in Chile from a dropdown box and answer the required questions.
- Attach electronic copies of all the required documents: You will be redirected to the “Attach Documents” section, where you must unload the electronic files of the required documents. After you complete each section, you can press “Save and Continue” to proceed to the following section. You can also go back and exit the application to complete it later. This is useful because, in the interim, you can obtain the required documents and upload them.
- Wait for the VISA to be processed: The VISA may be Processed in about 15 to 20 working days. But you should also take into account the date when your appointment at the Chilean Consulate will be set.
- Show up at the Consulate/Embassy. You must visit the Embassy or Consulate handling your application, when your VISA is approved. You will have to submit your passport and the originals of other documents.
- Pay the Chile VISA Fee. You only have to pay a fee if your VISA application is approved. The fee prices can range from around $50 to $150, depending on your nationality and the type of Immigration VISA you’re Applying for.
- Get your Chile VISA.
Chile Temporary Residence Permit
On arriving Chile, you will have to get a residence permit. You may be eligible to receive a Chile Temporary Resident VISA if you:
- Are a family member of a Chilean citizen or a Definitive Permanence Permit holder (only available for spouse, child, or parent).
- Were born in Chile (but your parents are not Chilean citizens).
- Are a former Chilean resident but:
- Left the Country for a period not longer than five years and lost your status.
- Lost your Definitive Permanence status because you were out of the country for longer than a year.
- Are a retired person or you have independent income from investments or property.
- Are a Business person, investor, or merchant whose activities are of benefit to Chile.
- Are a Professional, Journalist, Media Professional or senior technician who will be working in Chile but will be paid from a Foreign Company.
- Will be doing an internship/academic work in Chile.
- Are a religious worker.
If you do not fall under any of the above-mentioned categories, you must contact a Chilean Consulate to see if you qualify for a Chile Temporary Resident VISA.
Once you arrive in Chile with a Temporary Resident VISA, you have to register your VISA at the Policía de Investigaciones (PDI). All Foreign Nationals have to register with the PDI upon arrival.
Also, you also have to get a Chile ID at the Chilean Civil Register (Registro Civil).
You must register and get your ID card within 30 days of arrival.
It is pertinent for you to Inquire with the Chilean Consulate, regarding the documents you must have when you go to the PDI and civil register.