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Chile Residency & Citizenship options

Chile offers a number of residency and citizenship options for foreigners who wish to live and work in the country. Residency visas are available for those who have a job offer from a Chilean company, as well as for retirees, investors, and students. There are also a number of residency programs that allow nationals of certain countries to live and work in Chile for up to one year. Once you have been a resident of Chile for five years, you can apply for Chilean citizenship. The process usually takes around two years and requires applicants to pass a Spanish-language test and take a history exam. Those who are married to a Chilean national or have Chilean children can often obtain citizenship more quickly. Whether you are looking for a long-term or a short-term solution, Chile has a residency or citizenship option that will suit your needs.

Program 1
  • Name
    Chile Rentier Visa
  • Description

    This program is for foreigners who, in accordance with the regulations of their country of residence, have obtained a retirement pension, provided that this allows them to satisfy at least their basic needs during their stay in the country, or who have constant income derived from the exploitation of assets estate or financial assets according to the indicators estimated by the Ministry of Social Development and Family.

  • Requirements

    Proof of income / pension that will allow the foreigner to live in Chile and pay for his/her living expenses. There is no set amount for this, but this should probably be at least $1500-$2000 / month

  • Validity
    1 year, renewable
  • Investment Type
    Income Based
  • Avg. Processing Time
    4 months
  • Investment Amount
    $1500-$2000/month
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    185 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Chile Investor Visa
  • Description

    This visa was created to boost investments in the region of Santiago. Investments made outside of Santiago qualify for a lower minimum. Investments can be made prior to application.

  • Requirements

    A minimum investment of $75,000 USD is required for qualification in the Santiago area, for rural areas applicants can typically qualify for lower investment values.

  • Validity
    1 year + 1 year renewal
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    4 months
  • Investment Amount
    $75,000
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    185 days of the year. The Definitive Permanence will be revoked upon completion of a period of more than one year spent outside the country without interruption.
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 3
  • Name
    Chile Startup Visa
  • Description

    This program was introduced in 2010 with tremendous success. It focuses on luring low-fund startup companies to Chile.

  • Requirements

    Individuals contemplating a startup may select one of three programs. Each program's conditions and funding levels are distinct. Approved applicants receive the assistance necessary to relocate, reside, and launch their businesses successfully in Chile.

  • Validity
    1 year + 1 year renewal
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    4 months
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent fee
    No minimum
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    185 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    No
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Investment Types
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Chilean passport is presently ranked 19th. It allows entrance to 173 countries without requiring a visa. It is one of the most sought-after passports in the world because to its high mobility score. Visa-free travel and visa-on-arrival are available to Chilean passport holders in countries such as the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Russia, the United States, and the European Union as a whole. This enables for almost instantaneous travel opportunities all around the world. Chilean passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit 56 countries around the world. China, India, and Kuwait are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank

19

Visa Free Countries

173

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    130
  • Visa on Arrival
    38
  • Visa Online
    5
  • Visa Required
    15
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Russia
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    64%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    47%
Passport Ranking Factors

Chile Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Chile passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those Chile passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the Chile passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are now 130 visa-free countries for Chile passport holders, 38 visa-on-arrival countries for Chile passport holders, and 5 eTA destinations. In total, Chile passport holders can visit 173 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, the Chile passport is ranked 19th in the world. In addition to the visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 56 other countries where Chile passport holders will need a physical visa or an eVisa to access (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Chilean Citizenship by Descent

Children of a Chilean father or mother born abroad must prove that one of their parents or grandparents has obtained Chilean nationality:

  • (1) by birth in Chilean territory;
  • (2) by Letter of Nationalization or
  • (3) by special grace.
Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
    Yes
  • Generations
    1
  • Avg. Processing Time (mo.)
    1
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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