- Expat Guide
- Immigration / Visas
On February 12th, 2022, a new immigration law came into force in Chile. On May 14th, 2022, the immigration service updated the categories of temporary visas. The end of 2022 was a bit complicated, with several minor adjustments in the visa application rules, but the processes are now consolidated. We have updated all the pages of this section to reflect the changes and do not expect significant changes shortly. However, should you have doubts, we recommend you book a consultation to review your situation more in-depth.
Please note that, following the 2022 immigration law, you can NO LONGER come to Chile as a tourist and apply for a visa after arriving unless you are applying for a visa thanks to a family link with a Chilean / permanent resident foreigner. Previously, this was not the case, and you may still find sites saying the contrary. So be careful: this could cause trouble if you do not start your visa application in advance
Are you planning to relocate soon to Chile? Do you need help understanding what the best visa is for you? What are the steps to get a visa in Chile?
We have summarized in this section the most helpful information for you to complete this process on your own. We also offer a visa support service in Chile if you need assistance.
Foreigners in Chile? Start your immigration journey here.
If you plan to immigrate to Chile, the three first articles to read are:
- Our guide about the process to obtain a visa in Chile.
- The types of temporary visas in Chile, to choose which one is best for you.
- The immigration requirements to obtain your visa in Chile.
Furthermore, we wrote detailed articles about the types of visas most often used by foreigners who relocate to Chile:
After a few years, you can apply for permanent residency in Chile and then for Chilean citizenship.
If you come as a tourist, you will most of the time not need to apply for a visa in advance, but check our tourist visa page to see if your country is on the list of countries requiring a tourist visa.
Finally, we advise you to read all the Frequently Asked Questions about visas in Chile, as they answer a lot of issues foreigners usually face for their temporary and permanent residency in Chile.
A few other valuable articles about immigration in Chile
- RUT and RUN: two ID numbers you need to know if you plan to migrate to Chile
- Costs of visas in Chile: the visa fee to pay to the Chilean immigration service for a tourist visa, a temporary visa, or a permanent residency.
- Chile immigration law: all the laws and policies that rule immigration in Chile
Visa processing time: How long does it take to get a visa in Chile?
Please note that due to the number of immigrants willing to relocate to Chile, the visa processing time of the Chilean immigration service has significantly increased. Therefore, you must plan at least 6-8 months in advance. Furthermore, you can only apply for a resident visa in Chile after arriving as a tourist if you meet specific criteria, such as a direct family link with a Chilean citizen or a permanent resident (parent, child, partner).
For permanent residency, the waiting time is approximately 18 months, and for citizenship, the waiting time is about 2.5 years. This is due to the Covid crisis, the high immigration rate in the last few years, and the re-organization of the immigration service following the 2022 immigration law.
We are currently (December 2022) seeing a decrease in the processing time by the immigration service, so the waiting time will probably decrease slowly in the next few months.
Need some help to immigrate to Chile?
If you want a specialist to take care of your Chilean visa process, we are happy to help. Please send us a detailed explanation of your situation using this form. Try to include as much detail as possible. We need to know your nationality, if you are relocating with family or alone, and if you have recurring income.
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