Visa for Chile
How can I get a Chilean visa?
Bureaucracy knows no borders, and Chile has learned a lot from the first world in this respect. In the following we answer the most important questions about visas for Chile. Our team of experts will be happy to advise and assist you with your application.
What types of visas are available?
In principle, Chile distinguishes three types of visas:
- Contract-bound visa
- Temporary visa
- Permanent residence
For more information, please see our Questions & Answers section.
Which visa is the right one for my purposes?
That depends on what you are planning to do in Chile. If you already have an employment contract in mind, you will apply for the contract-bound visa (visa sujeto a contrato). It is valid for the duration of the contract with a maximum of 2 years and is comparatively the easiest to get. But it has the disadvantage that it is bound to the employer and expires if you lose your employment.
The temporary visa (visa temporaria) is valid for 1-2 years, regardless of the employer and is especially recommended for graduates of a technical college or university as well as for investors or pensioners.
If you have lived in Chile with a visa for at least 2 years, you can apply for the permanent visa (permanencia definitiva).
How do I apply for a visa for Chile?
We recommend applying for the first visa before travelling to Chile. This will save you a lot of time, because the visa process is handled much faster (2-3 months) through a Chilean consulate in your home country than within Chile. This is especially important if you want to work or do business in Chile immediately - without a valid visa this would not be possible.
Alternatively, you can also apply for a visa if you are already in Chile as a tourist. Doing so, you have to be prepared for long waiting periods (minimum 8 to 10 months), which have increased lately due to the higher influx of foreigners. There is the possibility to apply for a provisional work permit (permiso provisorio de trabajo) together with the visa, but you will get it after 2-3 months at the earliest and this will involve extra costs. While the application process is underway, it is possible to stay in the country beyond the 90-day period you are granted as a tourist.
We support you during the entire visa process - in both of the above-mentioned variants. Our service includes general consultation, review of documents, translation of the letter of motivation, assistance in submitting the application, monitoring of the procedure and helping with the necessary administrative procedures in Chile after the visa has been issued.
Please note that we advise you to the best of our knowledge and belief but cannot guarantee that the visa will be granted. This is an exclusive competence of the Chilean authorities.