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Immigration in Chile

Before we begin to explain some changes that are taking place in the process to obtain a work visa for Chile, I would like to let you know the increase of immigrants to Chile and the nationalities that are most received.

The international migration to Chile in the last 30 years has gone from around 83,000 migrants in 1982 to 411,000 migrants in 2014.  This has continued to increase, unofficial sources indicate that in the year 2017 there were 961,000 migrants, it is estimated that 2018 exceeds one million.

The majority of the migrants come from bordering countries, but in recent years there has been an increase in people from Colombia, Haiti and Venezuela.

In April 2018 a modification was made to the immigration system, the main modifications were the cancellation of the Temporary Visa for Work Reasons and that the citizens of Haiti and Venezuela must enter to the country with a special visa issued in their country of origin. On the other hand, a regularization process of the migratory situation of those who did not have a regular situation in Chile began, all this has caused that the time of the visa approvals extend from 4 months to 8 months for the Work Visa renewals and from 8 months to 12 months for the application for Permanent Residence. Regarding the documents that are needed for the applications, there has been no variation.

For the above exposed, LARM Chile recommends the Work Visa Application to be made at the Chilean consulate in the country of origin, the approval takes approximately 30 days and the person enters Chile with his visa and must only perform in the country the visa registration in PDI and then obtaining the RUT (Chilean identity card).


Written by LARM Chile

Marisa Zarak, Country Director

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