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CHILE – Post-arrival Temporary Residence Visa for Work Purposes to Be Discontinued

, 16/04/2018

The Chilean Ministry of the Interior has announced that, effective 23 April 2018, it will discontinue the post-arrival temporary visa for work purposes, introduced in 2015.

This change does not affect existing holders of temporary residence visas for work purposes, or those with pending applications, who in both cases will retain the right to request a one-time extension or permanent residence.

Nor does this change affect the temporary residence visas for assignees or for Mercosur nationals, nor the work contract visa.

New Visas on the Horizon

The Ministry of Interior also announced that a new law will be prepared in the coming months which will introduce, among others, three new temporary work visas before 1 August 2018:

A “temporary opportunity visa” for work or starting a business, issued by consulates, valid for 12 months, extendable once and with an option for permanent residence;

A “temporary international orientation visa” for work or starting a business, for holders of postgraduate degrees from the top 200 universities in the world, issued by consulates, valid for 12 months, extendable once and with an option for permanent residence;

A “temporary national orientation visa”, for work or starting a business, for holders of postgraduate degrees from accredited Chilean universities, issued by consulates, valid for 12 months, extendable once and with an option for permanent residence.

Action Items

Employers of holders of temporary residence visas for work purposes, or of those with pending applications, should consult an immigration consultant for specific advice on their situation.