USA Citizen Married To a Chilean Wanting to Move to Chile

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USA Citizen Married To a Chilean Wanting to Move to Chile

Post by vamoschile » Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:35 pm

My wife and I are planning on moving to Chile. We have registered our marriage with Chile at the registro civil 2 years ago. We are wanting a temporary visa before we arrive in Chile. I have read dealing with the consulate is awful as far as getting correct information. That being said if we submit a visa application what will be the turn around time. I know it's easier doing it in Chile but I have a job offer in Chile to start working June 2019 and I would like to have my visa done with a carnet in hand. Please let me know what you think would be the best solution and if I go through the consulate is there any advice and a time frame to except.

Thanks in advance!

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Re: USA Citizen Married To a Chilean Wanting to Move to Chile

Post by tiagoabner » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:08 pm

https://www.extranjeria.gob.cl/visa-de- ... emporaria/

"Visa Temporaria para extranjero con vínculo con chileno(a)" is the one you're looking for. It is, in theory, the easiest of all visas to get. Since your wife is Chilean, I assume that she reads perfect Spanish, so she can easily work her way around the requirement docs at that website.

Don't waste your time applying abroad: the visa is meant to be applied for within Chile.

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Post by tiagoabner » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:16 pm

BTW, the visa allows you to request a "Solicitud de autorizacion de trabajo con visa en tramite", which allows you to work while your visa request is being processed. Don't try to jump through needless loops: you have the easiest path to go through, just follow the steps outlined at Extranjeria and you'll be fine.

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Re: USA Citizen Married To a Chilean Wanting to Move to Chile

Post by vamoschile » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:18 pm

Tiagoabner thanks for the quick response! I understand its easier to get the visa in Chile but it also takes 6 plus months to get the visa and carnet from what I have been reading on the forums. My thoughts were to do a little more heavy lifting before we come in May and get the visa from the consulate. I understand the consulate is difficult to deal with and I wanted some advice from people that have navigated them successfully. The consulate I am dealing with is in Chicago. My fear with arriving and doing the visa is I will wait around 6 months to get the visa and I know you can get a temporary work visa while waiting for your visa but I had read that is taking months to get as well. If someone knows how long a work permission takes to get after applying for the visa that would be great to know. I am also worried since the company I will be working for is a small consulting firm where I need to pay AFP and insurance(Isapre) and I won't be able to pay those benefits without the carnet. I know its not ideal working with the consulate but I wondered if it's easier, in the long run, to just arrive and be done with everything but the carnet. I also wonder how the company I will be working for think when I tell them I don't have an official carnet. Does anyone know how long its currently taking to get a temporary visa from inside Chile?

Thanks

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Re: USA Citizen Married To a Chilean Wanting to Move to Chile

Post by vamoschile » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:19 pm

How long does it take to get the "Solicitud de autorizacion de trabajo con visa en tramite" and how long is it valid for? What about a carnet for AFP and Insurance?

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Post by tiagoabner » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:25 pm

vamoschile wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:19 pm
How long does it take to get the "Solicitud de autorizacion de trabajo con visa en tramite" and how long is it valid for? What about a carnet for AFP and Insurance?
I've just contacted an acquaintance that requested the "Autorizacion de trabajo" last year. It took her about 45 days to get it. I didn't get in more detail about it from her, but it shouldn't take more than 60 days. She mentioned that it had the instructions at the Extranjeria website right after her visa request was shown as "being processed".

As far as I know, you get your carnet after you get your visa. I don't know if requesting the autorizacion de trabajo allows you to get it faster, but my guess is "No".

I'm not the best person to give AFP info, so I won't comment on that.

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Re: USA Citizen Married To a Chilean Wanting to Move to Chile

Post by bow26 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:11 pm

The AFP can issue you a temporary RUT once you have your work contract / permiso especial visa en trámite paperwork and you can use that to make AFP contributions and give it to the Isapre.

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