Working Holiday Visa for New Zealanders

Working Holiday Visa for New Zealanders

The Working Holiday Visa will be valid for a period of twelve (12) months from the arrival date into Chilean territory. This visa allows applicants to travel and work in short-term employment during their stay in Chile. You are allowed to work up to 6 months with the same employer. Please note that the Chilean […]

Work and Holiday Visa for Australians

Work and Holiday Visa for Australians

Participants will be able to engage in paid non-permanent employment, as well as pursuing studies or training. In each case, maximum time per activity is three months. Visa validity Participants shall be entitled to a Multiple Entry visa valid for a period of twelve (12) months from date of first entry to Chile. Requirements Age between eighteen […]

Apply and collect your ID card on Saturdays

Apply and collect your ID card on Saturdays

The office of the Civil Registry and Identification Service (“Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación”) located in Huérfanos 1570 (Santiago) will be open every Saturday of January and February between 9 and 13 hours. Only for those needing to apply for one and for those just needing to collect it.   Source: Servicio de Registro Civil e […]

How to show proof of funds

How to show proof of funds

All foreigners applying for a visa in Chile, will have to show how are they going to maintain themselves comfortably while in the country, both while the visa is being processed and when it has been granted. To do so, foreigners have the following alternatives: 1. Apply for a work permit while the visa is being processed (“Permiso de […]

How to extend your tourist visa

How to extend your tourist visa

The most common way in which tourists tend to extend their tourist visas is to travel to one of the neighboring countries, like Argentina, Bolivia or Peru, in order to come back to Chile after a couple of days and obtain a new tourist visa for up to 90 days (at the border or airport). […]

How to extend your temporary visa

How to extend your temporary visa

If you don’t comply with the requirements to apply for the Permanent Residency you must apply for an extension, otherwise you will have to leave the country. The reasons for not being able to apply for the Permanent Residency may be: You were granted a temporary visa with less than a year of duration. You […]

Temporary visas in Chile at a glance

The draft of this document started as a way to list the temporary visas available in Chile that allow foreigners to work, with or without an employment contract. There are not too many places where you can find this kind of information other than in Extranjeria’s (“Departamento de Extranjería y Migración”) website, which is sadly just […]

Cost of living in Chile

Cost of living in Chile

At the moment of writing this article, Chile ranks 3rd out of 9 countries in South America in the Cost of Living Index by Country (and 54th out of 115 countries worldwide), behind Uruguay (1st) and Argentina (2nd), and followed by Brazil (4th), Ecuador (5th), Peru (6th), Bolivia (7th), Venezuela (8th) and Colombia (9th). Santiago, […]

Driving in Chile

Driving in Chile

As a tourist If you are in Chile as a tourist  you can drive within the country with your foreign driver’s license or an International Driving Permit (carrying your passport all the time). “Nationals from other countries, who remain in Chile as tourists, will be able to drive a motorized vehicle during the duration of […]