I was out of the country 2012-2013 and applied for citzenship in 2014.
They only said verbally that the absence was not relevant.
The application was approved after an interview and then about 4 months wait.
There's nothing about the time out of the country in the citizenship simulator:
And also nothing in the official requirements from Extranjería's page about naturalization:
http://www.extranjeria.gob.cl/media/201 ... CC%81n.pdf
You lose your Permanencia Definitiva if you've been out of Chile for more than a year but that's it. If your PD is active and you got your first long-stay visa more than 5 years ago, then you can apply.
I'd recommend not to ask random people in Chile for legal advice, even if they work in some related department. We just got into the same trouble while trying to workaround the diploma requirement for a driving license: a lady at the reception said that they will accept a translation but her boss rejected it later because the law doesn’t allow it.
The most stupid thing - that especially this question unregulated! But, basen on TopicStarter experience and consulate words, not so easy to manage this. That's why I'm looking for real practice!
1. Name a Chilean dance - "Cumbia Chilena" seems to have been accepted although I am aware that was a really stupid answer.
2. Say something about Chilean history - I mentioned the basic change of power from Allende until today. That seems to have been ok.
3. What else do you know about Chile? I mentioned Pinochet administrations relation to the Malvinas question and the conflict with Bolivia about access to the sea. But then also that Chile now in many ways associates with Mercosur and in that way is in many ways an ally of neighboring countries. And then before the officer had time to invent more questions about things I potentially didn't know, I just started babbling about the differences in climatic zones and how they compare to various parts of Europe and what is grown where and that there is more Argentinean influence in the South, etc. . I went on for maybe 5-10 minutes like that. Then I stopped and there were no more questions.
I am not sure any of this had any influence on what the officer filled out, given that the officer spent the time of the interview copying a form I had filled out at home into the computer. Eventually the officer did say "I listened to you when you were talking about Chilean history" as if to ensure me that I hadn't just been talking to myself.
In the end all dances, foods, music styles are combining + inventing a bit of traditions that come from other places. But yes, I realize there could have been better answers to that one. The point is, the officer did not seem to mind it.
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still too early to panic. those go in cycles as the president has to sign them. still worth checking to make sure something did not get lost in the shuffle.
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I submitted my application for citizenship in July 2015 and got it in January 2018 so about 2 and half years wait if that helps....