Type of visas in Chile

Looking to relocate in Chile? Do you need to find the most adequate visa for your situation? In this article, we review all visa types available in Chile, and let you know which visa is best for each situation.

We are awaiting the issuance of the final decree that will determine the list of available visa types following the implementation of the new immigration law in February 2022. This decree is still in the process of being validated, as of May 2022. For this reason, the content of this page is outdated and will change in the near future.

Work contract visa / Visa de Residencia Sujeta a Contrato

What is this visa?

The work contract visa (visa sujeta a contrato) is a visa allowing foreign citizens who come to Chile in order to work for a company. This visa may be issued to foreigners already in Chile, or from abroad through a consulate. To qualify for this visa, you need to already have a work contract signed with a company. This visa does not allow to come to Chile to look for a work.

This visa also allows the family (spouse, father(s) and/or children) to live in Chile, provided that the visa holder can pay for their expenses. These beneficiaries are called dependent.

This visa expires as soon as the contractual relationship is terminated by any of the parties, after which the foreigner has 30 days to request another visa or leave the country.

Temporary Visa / Temporary Residence Visa

This type of visa enables you to reside and carry out any activity authorized by the law (work, study, invest, etc.).

You can reside in Chile with this visa for one year, after which you can request an extension for another year or request the permanent residency.

There are multiple types of temporary residence visas. Here is a list of all types of temporary visas in Chile:

This visa is for you if you have a direct link with a Chilean citizen, who can be:

  • your spouse,
  • one of your father,
  • one of your children.

2. Temporary visa for a former resident in Chile

This category of visa if for foreigners who:

  • have already been residents with visa in Chile, for at least one year, and have been living outside Chile for no longer than 5 years
  • were living in Chile with permanent residency, and have left Chile for more than 1 year, leading to the tacit revocation of this permanent residency.

This visa is quite similar to the #1. The only difference is that, instead of having a family link with a Chilean citizen, you can get it if you have a family link with a foreigner already living in Chile with a permanent residency.

If your spouse, one of your father, or one of your children has permanent residency, you can qualify for this visa.

4. Temporary visa for religious

This temporary visa allows religious foreigners belonging to churches, orders or congregations recognized in the country to come to Chile, to carry out religious, educational or assistance activities.

5. Temporary visa for retirees and foreigners with recurring income

This temporary visa may be used by a retiree or a foreigner who can demonstrate a recurring income outside Chile. It allows them to travel to Chile for periods of more than ninety days, and even relocate in Chile.

6. Temporary visa for investors and business owners

This temporary residence is of interest for entrepreneurs, investors, merchants or business owners in general, who travel to the national territory for periods of more than ninety days due to their activities and interests in the country. It is quite easy to obtain, but it may be more difficult to renew or to get a permanent residency with this visa.

Even if you are an entrepreneur, others categories of visa might be more useful for you. Contact us for more information.

7. Temporary visa for pregnant women and foreigners undertaking a medical treatment

This visa allows the following categories of foreigners to stay in Chile for one year:

  • pregnant women,
  • foreigners coming to Chile to undertake a specific medical treatment.

You need to be able to justify economic means while you stay in Chile.

8. Visa agreement for citizens of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay

This visa permits to Argentinians, Bolivians, Brazilians, Paraguayans and Uruguayans, to stay one year in Chile as temporary resident, regardless of the activity they come to perform, as long as they do not have criminal and / or criminal records.

9. Temporary visa for children and adolescents

It is intended for minors, regardless of the reason they want the visa for. The visa for children and adolescents can not be extended to the family group. If any of its members are in an irregular migratory situation, they must complete the necessary procedures to request and obtain the corresponding residence permit.

Student visa / Student Visa

The student visa is granted to foreigners who travel to Chile for the purpose of studying as a regular student. It only allows to study, which means you are not authorized to work with this visa, except if you apply for a work permit at the same time as the visa (for example if you come to do an internship, or need to work to pay your studies). The maximum duration is normally one year (except in the case of scholarship, where the visa is issued for the duration of the scholarship), renewable until you terminate your studies.

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