To everyone who gave advice of returning to Chile after 4 prorrogas, thank you! Update: All is fine, PDI gave certificado de vigencia confirming my residency is still valid, already got new carnet, already got all my bank cards renewed, etc. Might I add, I hate tramites. lol.
That being said!
Now that I'm can breath a sigh of relief that my permanent residency is still valid, I realize that I can't/shouldn't keep putting off citizenship. My spouse is Chilean, we have plans to purchase properties here, my spouse's entire family is here, we have long-term roots, etc. We plan to retire here. Also, before my 4 prorrogas I had lived in Chile many years, so I'm defintiely not a passport chaser.
I have read here over and over on the forum about in order to apply for citizenship you need 5 years of permanent residency. But I need a clarification. I've been a permament resident for 6 years. 4 of those years I had prorrogas but I'm back in Chile now, etc. I always followed the rules, I always did everything required to maintain residency, etc.
In order to qualify for citizenship do they mean 5 years of permanent residency where you are physically in Chile for those 5 years while you are a permament resident and maybe just went a few weeks outside of the country here and there on vacation OR do they mean it doens't matter where you are so long as you don't overstay the 1 year requirement for maintaining that permanent residency over the course of those five years?
I ask because now that I DO want to apply for citizenship, I'm wondering if those 4 prorrogas I had might have set me back in this journey.