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How to contact the Immigration Department in Chile

If you are having issues with your application, or need more information about the immigration process in Chile, there is a way to contact the Immigration Department (Departamento de Extranjería y Migración) through its help platform on Freshdesk. Extranjería on Freshdesk The Immigration Department implemented a support platform on Freshdesk. You can ask directly to […]

How to apply for visas in Chile during the phase 4 of the Coronavirus lostinchile

How to apply for visas in Chile during the phase 4 of the Coronavirus

Since March 16, 2020, the Immigration Department in Chile (Departamento de Extranjería y Migración) is not attending to the public. Therefore, all processes are being handled online, through tramites.extranjeria.gob.cl or via certified mail (Correos de Chile). Temporary visas for the first time If you are currently in Chile under a tourist visa and want to […]

Calculation and payment of Extranjería fines now completely online for residents of the Metropolitan Region

Calculation and payment of Extranjería fines now completely online for residents of the Metropolitan Region

As announced on March 16, 2020, as of today (March 25, 2020), the calculation and payment of fines will be completely online for residents of the Metropolitan Region. Foreigners, within the Metropolitan Region, will be able to calculate the amount to be paid, pay it online using various means of payment and obtain the corresponding […]

Border Closure in Chile: Who can enter and who cannot?

Border Closure in Chile: Who can enter and who cannot?

The border closure announced last March 16, 2020, by Sebastián Piñera, came into effect at 00:00 of March 18, 2020, and will last for 2 weeks (14 days). Along with this new measure, many questions arise. We gathered the answers provided by the Immigration Department (Departamento de Extranjería y Migración) and the Ministry of Foreign […]

How to extend the validity of your “Solicitud de permanencia definitiva en trámite” Certificate

How to extend the validity of your “Solicitud de permanencia definitiva en trámite” Certificate

In most cases (always), the Certificate stating that your Permanent Residency application is being processed (“Solicitud de Permanencia Definitiva en trámite”) will expire before Extranjería makes a decision. The Certificate has a validity of 6 months. But don’t worry, if it expires before you hear from Extranjería, you can extend it for another 6 months […]

Visas in Chile - Overview (2019) lostinchile temporary visa student visa work visa permanent residence chile

Visas in Chile – Overview (2020)

Work visa (visa sujeta a contrato) This visa allows you to: Work only with the employer with which you celebrated the contract and not other (you cannot work for more than 1 employer at a time); AND, Include your spouse, children and parents in your residence application. They will get a work visa as dependents […]

Nuevo trámite en el Sistema de Reserva de Citas de Extranjería (RM): Trámite Artículo 99 immichile

New process available on Extranjería’s booking system (Metropolitan Region): Trámite Artículo 99

Recently, a new process was added to Extranjería’s booking system, for those located within the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, called “Trámite Artículo 99”. What does article 99 of Immigration Regulation in Chile establish? Article No. 99. The holder of a tourist card shall hand it in to the border control officer when leaving the country. […]

Securing a visa in Chile – step by step (2019) lostinchile

Securing a visa in Chile – step by step (2020)

If you are in Chile under a tourist visa and don’t know if it is still possible to switch from tourist to resident: Well, you still can. In this post, we explain you how the process looks like, step by step. 1. Gather the documents Once you figured out which visa suits you the best, […]

Working in Chile while your visa is being processed

Working in Chile while your visa is being processed

Can you work in Chile while your visa is being processed? Yes, you can. You can obtain a work permit called “Permiso de Trabajo con visa en trámite” which will allow you to work in Chile while your visa is being processed, as long as you applied as a holder (TITULAR) and not as a […]

How to apply for Permanent Residency in Chile (2019) - Step by step

How to apply for Permanent Residency in Chile (2020) – Step by step

Do you comply with all the requirements to apply for Permanent Residency in Chile? If you do, then you MUST apply within the last 90 days of your current visa. In this article we show how to apply for Permanent Residency in Chile online step by step. 1. We head over to Extranjería’s website Note: […]