Observatorio Cerro Tololo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile
Observatorio Cerro Tololo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile

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  1. (Español) ¿Cómo puedo obtener información acerca de “qué hacer” en caso de extravío de documentos, robo o accidentes?

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  2. (Español) ¿Cuál es la función y objetivos de las misiones?

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  3. (Español) ¿Cuál es la función y objetivos de los consulados?

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  4. (Español) ¿Dónde puedo obtener información acerca de qué hacer para estudiar o trabajar en Chile?

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  5. (Español) ¿Dónde y cómo puedo obtener visas, salvoconductos y otros documentos?

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  1. You must appear at the Consulate of Chile of the country where the marriage was celebrated.

    Requirements are as follows:

    • At least one of the spouses must be a Chilean national.
    • Submit original and international marriage certificate granted by the relevant local authorities, duly sealed and signed.
    • Upon registration, you must choose a patrimonial regime: community property, separate property, or conjugal partnership of gains.
    • In the case of choosing the partnership of gains regime, spouses must carry out a simple inventory of the goods that compose their original patrimony.
    • Both spouses must appear at the Consulate and submit their identity documents and passports.

    Note: Consulates of Chile are NOT qualified to celebrate marriages; they may only register marriages celebrated overseas and provided that one of the contracting marriage partners is of Chilean nationality.

  2. What procedures do I have to carry out to change my passport?

    You must appear at the Consulate of Chile nearest to your place or residence. (Map of representations Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

    The requirements are:

    • Submit the former passport (which remains in possession of the Consulate and is annulled) or in case of having lost it, the Chilean identity card.
    • 2 or 4 passport-sized photos (4.5 x 4.5 cm), in black and white or color, with a white background (photos are requested in those Consulates where there are no data-reading machines).The photo must be a full-face front view in which the visa applicant is facing the camera directly.
    • Passports are valid for five (5) years.
    • Passport renewal may take less than 5 years.
    • In case of not having any Chilean identification documents, it is mandatory for the Consulate to take fingerprints of both hands in order to send the information to Chile and request the identification of the applicant.
    • Minors under 18 years of age applying for a passport must be authorized by one of their parents, or legal tutor.
    • Please enquire about the cost of this procedure at the Consulate where it will be carried out.

    Note: Currently passports are issued through the Machine-readable Data Capturing system of the Civil Registry, for this reason the delivery period varies since these are dispatched from Santiago to the Consulates.

  3. Am I entitled to a widowhood pension and other benefits if I am overseasand my husband who retired in Chile died?

    Yes, you must enquire and submit your contingency records at the Consulate of Chile nearest to your place of residence, in order to be sent to the Social Security Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile for their subsequent evaluation and consultation by the relevant body (Institute of Social Security Normalization, INP).

  4. I am residing overseas and I have paid contributions in Chile, do those contributions entitle me to retirement benefits? How can I find out how many weeks of contributions do I have?

    To answer to your enquiry you must appear at the Consulate of Chile nearest to your place of residence and provide the contingency records in your possession, in order to be sent to the Social Security Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile for their subsequent evaluation and consultation by the relevant body (Institute of Social Security Normalization, INP).

  1. For an artist planning to work in Chile, what the steps to be taken to apply for a visa?

    If the foreign-born national requires a visa to enter Chile, h/she must apply for it at the Consulate of Chile where residing. The Agent or Artist’s Producer must apply for a work permit at the Department of Immigration of the Ministry of the Interior.

  2. What are the procedures to apply for a visa to visit Chile if there is no Chilean Consular representation in my country of residence?

    Visas are necessarily granted by the Consulates of Chile abroad. In the case of residing in a country with no Consular representation, you will have to carry out the application procedures in the nearest country with Chilean Consular Representation to your place of residence.

  3. How many types of visas are there to enter the country and what requirements must be fulfilled?

    Visas for foreign-born nationals are only processed at the Consulates of Chile overseas.

    The types of visas are four (4):

    1. Subject to contract resident

    It is granted to foreign-born nationals traveling to the country in order to fulfill a work contract with a company with legal address in Chile. You may apply for this type of visa at the Consulate located in the country of residence.

    The requirements for this type of visa are:

    • Application letter. Addressed to the Director of Consular Policy, in which you must identify the beneficiary and dependants accompanying you. You must point out the reasons for being contracted and the specific activity to be carried out abroad. In addition, you must indicate length of contract and in what Consulate of Chile will stamp the visa.
    • Work contract. This must be pursuant to what stipulated in Art.Nº 37 of Immigration Regulation and signed by both parties or at least  by the employer before a Notary Public, composed of at least:

    - Obligations of the employer of retaining and depositing into government coffers the amount corresponding to income in relation to remuneration paid.

    - Point out the employee’s social security system and obligation of paying social security and health contributions.

    - Employer’s commitment to pay the return ticket for the employee and dependants to country of origin once the respective contract has concluded.

    - If the work contract is signed only by the contracting party and once the subject to contract visa is approved it must be sent to the employee, prior to legalization at the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be signed before the Consulate of Chile, who will act as a Certifying Officer.

    • Curriculum Vitae of the foreign- born citizen (not requested in the case of housekeepers).
    • Extract from partnership of contracting company.
    • Tax return (last three months).
    • Photocopies of contributions payroll (last three months).

    Documents that must be submitted to the Consulate of Chile at the moment of withdrawing the visa

    • Valid passport
    • Background check certificate
    • Health certificate (free of transmissible infectious diseases)
    • 4 passport-sized photos.
    • Work contract, in case of not being subscribed by the foreign-born worker.

    Note:

    • Meeting the aforementioned requirements does not oblige the Department of Immigration to grant the requested visa.
    • Additional information may be requested during application procedures.

    2. Temporary Resident

    It is granted to foreign-born citizens planning to settle in Chile due to having family ties (to parents, spouse or children of foreign-born residents) or interests in the country.

    The requirements for this type of visa are:

    • Application letter. Addressed to the Director of Consular Policy, in which the applicant must be identified and indicate reasons for settling in Chile. It must accredit economic solvency or having enough economic means to reside without becoming social burden to the country. It must indicate which Consulate of Chile will stamp the visa.
    • Certificate of Kinship: marriage and/or birth proving the family bond with the applicant.
    • Economic solvency certificate.
    • Passport’s photocopy of the foreign-born citizen.
    • Other documents (that the applicant may consider to back up the reasons for applying for a temporary resident visa).

    Documentation that the foreign-born citizen must submit to the Consulate of Chile at the moment of withdrawing the visa:

    • Valid passport
    • Background check certificate
    • Health certificate (free from transmissible infectious diseases)
    • 4 passport-sized photos

    Note:

    • Meeting the aforementioned requirements does not oblige the Department of Immigration to grant the requested visa.
    • Additional information may be requested during application procedures.

    3. Student Resident

    It is granted to foreign-born nationals traveling to Chile in order to pursue studies as regular students in state or private -but recognized by the state- educational institutions, accrediting their corresponding enrollment and may be requested directly at the Consulates of Chile.

    4. Tourism

    It is granted to foreign-born nationals wishing to enter Chile for recreational purposes, sports, health, business or other, with no intention of settling, residing or carrying out any remunerated activities in Chile. This type of visa is requested directly at the Consulates of Chile.

  4. How can I apply for a visa to visit Chile?

    Foreign-born citizens wishing to enter the country as tourists or as residents subject to contract, students or for temporary residence must apply for the corresponding visa at the Consulate of Chile overseas.

  5. What countries are exempted from visa requirements to enter Chile?

    This information is available in the chart of visa requirements (CV 2010)