Chile Immigration Services

If your company is sending employees to Chile—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Chile, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

• ​​​Chilean law provides several options for employers of foreign nationals. These include a streamlined short-term work permit option, temporary visas and permanent residence. Chile currently has associate member status in MERCOSUR, a South American trade bloc. Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility and benefits for accompanying family members vary by visa classification.
 
• A business entry authorization is required for business activities in Chile, which are generally limited to attending internal or client meetings and receiving training. Foreign nationals should secure a Special Work Permit for Tourists if their stay exceeds 14 days, or if they intend to conduct any activities beyond business activities.
 
• The most common long-term work authorization category is the Work Contract Visa, which is suitable for skilled foreign nationals conducting remunerated activities in the country. While other long-term work visas are granted for one initial year and can be renewed only once (after which the foreign national must apply for permanent residence), the Work Contract Visa is generally granted for two years and may be renewed indefinitely for subsequent equal periods. Work Contract Visa holders ​may only work for the company in Chile that sponsored their visa.
 
• The Temporary Residence Visa is suitable for foreign nationals with professional or family interests in Chile. It generally permits work for up to one year and may be extended for one additional year, after which the visa holder must apply for permanent residence.
 
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.
 
Fragomen in Chile is Servicios Migratorios Chile Ltda.
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