Immigration to Chile is not so popular like other countries and this
is very difficult to understand that why is that so. Because Chile is such a welcoming country which accepts immigrants from anywhere whole heartedly. There are few visa types
available to immigrate to Chile and they are.
Reciprocal Visa Agreement
Applicants from countries that hold a reciprocal agreement with Chile they do not have
to apply for visas to migrate to Chile. In this case only national identity card issued to you from your country will be enough to allow you to enter in Chile. There are few
countries like, anyone from Argentina, Peru, Brazil Uruguay, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA and South Africa can enter Chile without a visa. This visa agreement is valid only
for a period of 3 months, after 3 months you must have to apply for a temporary visa.
And people from a country that has no such visa agreement with Chile will have to
apply for a visa before or after arriving in Chile. The different types of visa are to immigrate is.
A tourist Visa, is a temporary travel visa with the validity of of 90 days. Tourist
Visa is issued on arrival at the airport. Once you are issued with the tourist visa you are legally allowed to travel and live for 90 days.
You need to get a few documents in order before submitting your completed application
form. The consulate or embassy will require the original and a copy of your passport, valid for the period you will be in Chile. You also must show proof of funds to finance
your trip, as well as return ticket to your home country.
May be some consulates or embassies will ask to see an invitation letter from a Chile
resident or hotel reservations made before your trip. A fee will be charged to process the documents. How much you pay for visa processing depends whether you are applying for
a single or multiple entry visa. Your country where you are from also determines the fee.
Work Holiday Visas
Migrants who do not need temporary or permanent residency visas can apply for a work
holiday visa. This is a tourist visa that grants you employment privileges while in Chile. A work holiday visa is valid for 12 months, and the visa holder can work for two
employees within this period. It is up to you to decide if you will be permanently or temporary employed while in Chile.
Only expats from Canada, Australia and New Zealand are eligible for work holiday visas.
These serve as a temporary residency visa valid for 12 months from when you enter Chile. Work holiday visas are applied at the Chilean embassy or consulate of your country.
Migrants wishing to apply for a work holiday visa must be between the ages of 18 to 31.
For New Zealanders, this age limit extends to 35. You also must be in possession of a New Zealand, Canadian or Australian passport. You will need to present the original and
a copy of your passport together with proof of your return ticket.
In addition, you will be asked for proof of medical cover and the finances that will
support you while in Chile. All these documents are to be submitted together with four passport size photographs and US$150 paid as visa processing fee.
Work visas are issued to expats moving to Chile for the sole purpose of employment.
You will need to produce an employment contract from your employer to be eligible. The work visa, is valid for two years and will be your legal permit to work in Chile. It
also serves as a temporary residency visa.
If you are already in Chile, visit the ministry of foreign affairs in Santiago and ask
for visa application papers. You may be asked to pay for a fee.
Ensure your Chilean employer submits a copy of your contract to the consulate when you
apply for a work visa. Some consulates will ask for a copy of your degree certificate, a police report and a medical certificate. Lastly, you will produce your passport along
with a copy of it, plus four passport size photos. A fee of US$150 will be charged to process the work visa.