Legalizing Documents

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Re: Legalizing Documents

Post by frozen-north » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:18 am

May be admin has some update, but if he was correct it is still too early in 2017.
admin wrote: Mon Feb 15, 2016

I still would tell everyone that is planning to do anything in 2016 in Chile, to go through the old document legalization process until well in to 2017 (at the very least).

By 2017, we will have a much better handle on just how widely accepted the apostille is in Chile on the ground, day to day, practical level. Let me put it this way. If you have the debate about apostille vs. old legalization process, it means the document was too important to risk on having it rejected (contracts, immigration, etc). ... 24#p161887

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Re: Legalizing Documents

Post by admin » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:28 am

Just the apostil is needed, and anyone working at immigration should know that by now.

More obscure beucratic processes or offices mught still not gotten the memo, but immigration should know it by now all over the country.
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Re: Legalizing Documents

Post by mbrady7411 » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:42 am

I am a new user and this is my first posting so please forgive me if some of my questions on the immigration process seem a bit off point. I will be moving to La Serena on March 2 and I will be applying for a temporary non-working retirement visa. No one else will be with me. I have become increasingly concerned about exactly what documents are actually required (ie. what constitutes "medical records') and what kind of "approvals" are needed before leaving the US.

I've noticed both my Secretary of State and the US Department of State offer "authentication" services, apparently only for documents originating at the state and federal levels, respectively. In light of Chile becoming a signatory to the Hague Convention, I assume these are substitutes for 'apostilles." Do I really need these services? And for which documents?

Many of the articles I've read on this subject contradict each other and I haven't been able to find a definitive source for either the process or the
materials required.

Here's what I have done or am in the process of doing so far:

Notarized copies of marriage and divorce certificates
Notarized copies of will and powers of attorney
Notarized copies of bank statements (Oct., Nov. & Dec.)
Notarized statement of pension income
Notarized statements of investment funds
Notarized copy of State Architect's license
Notarized copy of "National" Architect's license (NCARB)
Letter from my doctor attesting to my current state of health
Reservation for temporary residence in La Serena

In process:

Copies of all passport pages
Waiting for copy of medical records going back 2 years
Waiting for notarized copies of birth certificate
International driver's license
Cover letter explaining why I want to live in Chile

To be obtained upon arrival in Chile:

Tourist visa
2 x 3 cm photos

Questionable items:

Police report?
Full medical records or just a letter from my doctor?
School records?
3 years of tax returns?
Anything else?

Most of the items in the first list above have already been translated into Spanish by someone I trust.

Any information on these matters would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Legalizing Documents

Post by mbrady7411 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:27 am

Bless you Gloria. Your answer helped me a lot.
Can anyone else answer my questions on which documents are required for state and/or federal authentication?

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Re: Legalizing Documents

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:09 pm

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One is to believe what isn't true;

the other is to refuse to believe what is true.

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