another Pakistani arrested, and new immigration procedures
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/cbi-t ... mind-98318
I have been saying for sometime that Chile has a Pakistan problem in relation to illegal immigration and illegal activities, simply based on the number of contacts we receive regularly from Pakistani nationals seeking assistance with illegal immigration to Chile or through Chile. There has also been some cases involving Peru and so on recently. Well, immigration and Chilean INTERPOL (a.k.a. PDI) are also aware of this, and have changed procedures accordingly.
We were informed directly by INTERPOL and immigration recently, that there is a new internal procedure to run INTERPOL checks on all immigration application to Chile including in the country of origin or countries the applicant has connections with for any warrants before granting a visa. This is in addition the required registeration with PDI after it is granted.
For most people this means nothing, because it happens internally. It may however result in delays of application approval, as you have checks against foreign databases and in a few cases it may need to be run several times as your application is being processed as there is an expiration date on the report that immigration can use.
This is one of the reasons I have been very, very admit that all foreigners, no matter what country you come from, follow exactly the procedures and laws of immigration (and all the other laws for that matter). It only takes a few idiots, playing fast and loose with the system for it to effect all foreigners in the country. I am here not just thinking of possible terrorist with fake visas, but also just the run of the mill English teacher working under the table because they do not want to pay taxes or are trying to game the labor law system against their employer.
If you are looking to engage in illegal activity of any sort don't come to Chile and definitely do not call us.
YOU ARE GUEST IN CHILE!!! BEHAVE YOURSELF!!!