Obtaining a visa in Chile may require a folder of papers, but it is a country very open to foreigners with a system that is friendly for those who are in need of such permission. The following are various options corresponding to different visa needs for a variety of living/working purposes:
A tourist visa lasts for 90 days and allows a foreigner to visit the country from north to south and can be extended (via the International Police/Extranjeria) for up to 180 days. Said tourist is not allowed to partake in paid activities unless they contract a special tourist visa with a temporary work permit.
For a foreign-born person to execute paid duties in Chile, they must prove residence or legal permanency and be rightfully authorized to work via a signed work contract. The foreign employee may begin working during the authorization period of the visa.
This type of visa is granted to a foreigner with clear family ties and allows the person to undertake any working or living activities in Chile as authorized by law. The duration of the visa is originally one year and can be renewed for up to two years, after which the foreigner must apply for a permanent residency or leave the country.
Grant beneficiaries like those participating in Start-Up Chile are allowed to receive visas for the duration of their grant.
In exceptional cases a special entry visa is required. This is for people who are stateless, in asylum, or refugees.
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