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 apply for a residency visa (Visa Sujeta a Contrato, Visa de residencia Temporaria, or Student Visa), for the first time, you must submit your application via certified mail.

  • If you reside within the Metropolitan Region, the application must be submitted, via certified mail, to: CLASIFICADOR N°8, CORREO CENTRAL, SANTIAGO.
  • If you reside within the Gobernación Provincial of Antofagasta, the application must be submitted, via certified mail, to: CLASIFICADOR N° 31, CORREO ANTOFAGASTA, ANTOFAGASTA.
  • If you reside OUTSIDE the Metropolitan Region and the Gobernación Provincial of Antofagasta, the application must be submitted to the corresponding Gobernación Provincial via certified mail.

    For example, if you reside within the Gobernación Provincial of Llanquihue (communes of Calbuco, Cochamó, Maullin, Puerto Montt, Fresia, Puerto Varas, Frutillar, Los Muermos and Llanquihue), the application must be submitted to: CALLE SAN MARTIN 80, PISO 2, PUERTO MONTT (Gobernación Provincial of Llanquihue).

Extensions and change of visas

If you want to extend your residency visa (Visa Sujeta a Contrato, Visa de residencia Temporaria, or Student Visa) or change the type of your visa (from Sujeta a Contrato to a Visa de residencia Temporaria for example / or from DEPENDIENTE to TITULAR), you must submit your application the same way explained above (temporary visas for the first time):

  • If you reside within the Metropolitan Region, the application must be submitted, via certified mail, to: CLASIFICADOR N°8, CORREO CENTRAL, SANTIAGO.
  • If you reside within the Gobernación Provincial of Antofagasta, the application must be submitted, via certified mail, to: CLASIFICADOR N° 31, CORREO ANTOFAGASTA, ANTOFAGASTA.
  • If you reside OUTSIDE the Metropolitan Region and the Gobernación Provincial of Antofagasta, the application must be submitted, via certified mail, to the corresponding Gobernación Provincial.

    For example, if you reside within the Gobernación Provincial of Llanquihue (communes of Calbuco, Cochamó, Maullin, Puerto Montt, Fresia, Puerto Varas, Frutillar, Los Muermos and Llanquihue), the application must be submitted to: CALLE SAN MARTIN 80, PISO 2, PUERTO MONTT (Gobernación Provincial of Llanquihue).

There are only 2 exceptions:

  • Extension of the “Visa de Responsabilidad Democrática” only for those residing within the Metropolitan Region. The application can be made online through tramites.extranjeria.gob.cl
  • Extension of the “Visa para miembros del MERCOSUR” only for those residing within the Metropolitan Region. The application can be made online through tramites.extranjeria.gob.cl

Permanent Residency

Applications for Permanent Residency (Permanencia Definitiva) have been made online through tramites.extranjeria.gob.cl since past May, 1st, 2019.

The only exception is established for citizens of Brazil, China, Cuba, Haiti, and Peru, who must apply in person through the closest ChileAtiende office.