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jbondoux replied to the thread dim sum? on the Chile forum on October 17, 2014:
DDLSQM initially posted:
where can one find great dim sum restaurant in Santiago?
jbondoux replied on October 17, 2014 with:
I don't know about truly authentic dim sum in Santiago, but we keep going back to PF Chang's at Parque Arauco for their wonderful entradas, which include dumplings, egg rolls, spring rolls, spicy shrimp, tempura-style string beans, etc. with great dipping sauces.
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FedericoTabja replied to the thread Work Visa or no Visa, or what the Heck Should I do? on the Chile forum:
Guerrillagreg initially posted:
So I am coming to Chile in January of 2015, and I have no Idea what I should do about my visa situation. I want a work visa, but according to the govt website, I can't apply for the visa until I have found an employer who is willing to offer me a contract. I have also read in another forum post that I need to apply for the work visa from my home country. I have no idea what to do. My plan is to visit there, make sure I will like it, then buy some property there, begin my life and business, and apply for permanent residency. I don't mind doing labor work, I have 3 years experience as an English teacher, I can work in tourism or hospitality. I am really open to the kind of job I would accept under a work contract, as I wont be doing it for too long after getting my permanent residency. Whether I find employment right away or not, I will be spending 2015 in Santiago; I just want to know what the best way to attack this is.
FedericoTabja replied on October 13, 2014 with:
I think would be easier to create a company in Chile and to have that company hiring you. Fed
Socium replied on October 01, 2014 with:
Hey. A lot of doubts. If you ask everyone, may be we come up with a different answer. Stick to one Consultant - whoever he is - for such important matter as taking decision to live in another country, and work from there. My suggestions are: 1. Search from where you are for an English teaching position in Santiago, where there are more chances to find an institute to work. If you want to work on Southern Chile in tourism, fine, but the offer is narrowed normally to January and February. 2. Come to Chile with that job chance or come without any alternative under a Tourist Visa. You got three months to stay and you can renew it for another 3 months. You do your own search of a job, properties, fiancé, etc., during such period. May be you find out that you don't like Chile at all !!! 3. If during your time under the Tourist Visa you find a job, you can ask in coordination with your new employer a Provisory Labor Permit. While a Labor Visa application is presented as it takes some time to be approved. So, there is no need to come with a Labor Visa from outside of Chile if you don't know who could hire you. I can't give you all the answers, but this could work fine for your interest. My best regards
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FedericoTabja replied to the thread Business Development Chile on the Chile forum:
judsonbobo initially posted:
I am an entrepreneur with an MBA who figures out how to build businesses - proven track record. Moving to Chile in 2015. Looking for a business focused on growth to be a part of. All suggestions welcome. - Judson Bobo
FedericoTabja replied on October 13, 2014 with:
Hi please contact me to Federico Tabja Attorney LLM International Business Law
Socium replied on September 24, 2014 with:
Chile has several areas of business that are attractive to foreigners. I have had more than 25 years of experience assisting foreigners coming to do business in Chile. My experience among small business owners is: 1. They have a learning curve of about two years. This is longer if they have difficulties on learning Spanish. 2. Not all the business ideas working in USA functions in Chile. 3. The culture, the non written practices, the way of doing things is different in Chile compared to developed nations. At the start, this bothersome foreigners. As this is the country they choose to live and they can not change it, life changes for them, when they decide to adapt their mind to the Chilean way. Then they start blending with locals, and life flows well and they enjoy the experience. 4. The most difficult part for a foreigner and it is very costly for them, it is their sincere belief, that their way of thinking is superior than Chileans way of doing things, because they are coming from a developed nation. Our mental hard disk is much harder to modify than we expect. Bureaucracy is dense in Chile. So, I have seen they neglect advice, fire people often, they insist and insist on the same methods, loosing a lot of money, suffering the experience and having a lot of headaches. 5. If a foreigner can diminish some of these frequent situations, they can really live very well in Chile. Having on mind, that every country has also its proper weakness. 6. There are some remedies, help, assistances, advice, etc, that Business Consultants can offer you, to diminish some of the normal hazards and "tramps" that a foreigner will normally find on their way, saving a lot of money. 7. One suggestion that I offer to foreigners is to engage with a local on a local business, either functioning or a start up. On this manner, the foreigner learn by doing, being guided professionally. On this way, he can start rapidly to generate revenues, he can gain a commercial history, and he can save a lot of money on his learning curve. Later once he learned, he can start on how own. 8. Have on mind, that Chile is an stable economy, the most stable in Latin America during more than 30 years. Our average income per person is near US$ 20.000, the highest on the region. Even more, the last 30 years ending in 2014 had been probably the longest and the most successful 3 decades in our economic history. So, for the same reasons Chile is not a cheap nation. Prices are higher than in all neighboring countries. Keeping stability for more than 3 decades is almost a luxury in Latin America. It has a cost and prices are higher. So be ready to increase your investment budget. 9. Chile is totally open to foreign trade and we have Foreign Trade Agreements with many large nations. So, competition is fierce in all markets and products. Duties are zero for many products and the average duty for imported products must be around 3% . There are exceptions. You need to study these regulations. The bottom line is that there is no protection from the government. 10. Finally to avoid bothering you more, our financial institutions are extremely conservative. So, as person, you will not be able to open a bank checking account for several years. Your company may get one, but the general manager and the legal representative having the signing authority must be Chileans. The same for the Chilean IRS, Central Bank, etc, because these institutions want to have a local signing, because if anything goes wrong, they will sue such person. Their history has also proven that when things fail, foreigners leave the country, so, they protect their interest, asking for Chileans as the signing person. It takes a time to have a proper VISA and the full capacity to act independently on your name. For these reason I advise foreigners to get in a partnership with a Chilean or be a passive investor for a time in a local business, until you gain a commercial and financial history locally, that definitely will entitle you to act fully just on your name. Hope these suggestions may be of help. Regards
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Socium replied to the thread Chilean Nationality Query on the Chile forum on October 10, 2014:
msmars initially posted:
Hello, My grandfather lived in Chile for almost 30 years and died there in 1978 and I have a copy of his original death certificate. I would like to know if he was a Chilean national or not. How can I do that? Thanks
Socium replied on October 10, 2014 with:
Wait a few days. I already started to ask. Regards
msmars replied on October 09, 2014 with:
PM sent. Thank you
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Guerrillagreg posted Classified Websites on the Chile forum:
What are the best Chile classifieds websites to look at for employment, housing, etc..?
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Guerrillagreg replied to the thread Advice for future expat on the Chile forum:
Guerrillagreg initially posted:
Hi there, my name is Greg, I am a Canadian citizen who has traveled the world in search of the perfect place to start my life. Though I have never been to Chile, all of my intuitions are pointing me there at the moment. Out of all of the places I have traveled I really think my own province in Canada, BC, is the most beautiful perfect place for me to settle down, start my life and my family, unfortunately, living in BC has lost all of its luster over the last 20 years, with some of the highest costs of living in the entire world, outrageously high taxes as well as taxation without representation, beauocracy up to the eyeballs, even on a civic level, and the highest levels of corruption in government both federally and provincially that we have ever seen with no signs of change for the better in our future. Please, anybody reading this, correct me if I am wrong on this assumption, but according to my research parts of Southern Chile really resemble BC in a way don't they? Mountains you can snowboard on, not far from the ocean, Hundreds of beautiful islands all along the coast, four seasons where the leaves on the trees actually change colors, snow in the winter, and it never gets absurdly hot and humid like places closer to the equator. What I am looking to do specifically is to purchase a 40-100acre piece of property, close to snowboarding, close to a lake, or not far from the ocean in southern chile, and begin to develop the land. I would like to have a small hotel/ hostel, as well as a very large space for farms and greenhouses. What are some important things I should consider before making the trip to Chile? What is it like for a foriengner to own land and to start a small business in Chile? How does an expat acquire a permanent residency card or become a Chilean citizen?
Guerrillagreg replied most recently with:
Thank you so much you guys, you rock! I am more excited than ever now to come and check it out for myself. You have really given me the confidence I needed to have to make this decision. I am looking forward to chatting with you more, and Michael please feel free to add me on Facebook and Skype so we can discuss this in more detail. Facebook: Greg McConnell Skype: Guerrillagreg
Socium replied most recently with:
1. I had avised foreigners for more than 25 years, so I know cases of success living out of a Chilean business. Also, I know cases were they have slowly extinguished their past savings and finally live out of their earnings from elsewhere. 2. The opinion of the first people is great about Chile. The second group just complain. 3. My grandparents arrived into Chile as immigrants. So by experience, I must tell you that not necessarily the first business you start, it is the final business for the rest of your life. You start blending with the country and start to make your own choices based on your own experience. 4. Why the big sharks on investment are successful when they do business in another country? a) They hire local Consultants blended with the country. b) They look through their eyes for new business opportunities. Local consultants know who is who around, beyond the business itself. Most o the time they do not search directly because they can get the business that nobody wants due to reason not shown on the surface. 5. Once they choose the business, they become investors on a local business on three different ways: A) Many at the start, on a passive manner just as investors, so the begin to learn about the country and its regulation being guided by someone else. but most importantly, they start receiving earnings soon. B) Another group becomes an active partner on a local business, but not taking the majority of the property, ( like a 20%-30%) so they benefit from the local equity on the company and their management. C) There are others that like to take the control right from the start, but they got really a lot of money and a big team of proven executives working on the same area of business in another country. So, they move part of this top executives to the local branch. There is no other way to control a foreign company, if you are not already engaged on the same business in a different place. 6. Normally cases A and B mentioned before, wait and learn a few years. So, they can buy more shares of the same company, or they sell them and start a new business after they have already acquired the knowledge about the best market niche locally. 7. Have you been an entrepreneur in the past or basically an employee? The answer to this question is critical for your success. If you want to become independent on a foreign nation it is more difficult than in your home country. However, the guts, the need to survive can transform totally a person. But if this is the case, please hire advice and start associating yourself with a local entrepreneur before you extinguish your savings. 8. Do you want do do the same business where you have experience as businessman or as employee? That is the best for you, as you already know the details of the business. Like prices, costs, state of the art technologies, etc. However, the critical details of business success are dependent from blending with the local market. And many marketing approaches are useless in another nation. 9. Regarding government and bureaucracy, don't take your decision of leaving a country and living in another nation by such reasons. Chile become a few years ago part of OECD countries, so our bureaucracy is becoming slowly as dense as any European nation. On the other hand, it is a benchmark to have more steady policies for a developing nation. 10. Certainly I can advice you on the process of coming to Chile. I was raised and I have lived many years on Southern Chile. I presently live in Santiago. Regards
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Socium replied to the thread Buying a Car in Chile, 2014 on the Chile forum:
danicatalina initially posted:
I'll be moving to Chile in a couple of weeks, flying into Santiago for the first month or so. I'm looking to buy a 4x4 that I can take into Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia. I'm looking for advice on the car buying process, obtaining a RUT number, using an address (if I am not formally a resident and don't technically have one yet), and even insurance. Found this site for car-buying:; any other suggestions on places to look? Many many many thanks. Dani
Socium replied most recently with:
I can guide you to buy a vehicle, if you haven't found another option. Regards Write to
matchili replied most recently with:
Hi Dani! We are selling our vehicule 4WD bed camped in Chile (Santiago or Valparaiso). we are a french couple living in Chile, more info at photos at : do not hesitate in contacting us at cheers
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Youtube initially posted:
Hi please help me ! Can i change Argentinian Extranjero DNI to Chilean cédula de identidad . I'm 34 years i'm marrid & we have 1 baby he's argentinian But we have Argentinian Extranjero DNI ,Me & my wife Armenians citizen now we waiting for second baby in feb 2015.we want to move to Chile ,any one can help us how can we get residant card in chile or change argentinian DNI to Chilean cédula de identidad is there any way to do that? Thanks for helping me!!!
Socium replied most recently with:
It is not possible to exchange countries ID cards. You can get a RUT number in Chile, which is a taxpayer number for buying anything or for any bureaucratic issue. However, the ID card, or Chilean"cedula de identidad" is tied to a more permanent VISA. You don't receive an ID card for a tourist VISA. I can help you as Consultant on the process of obtaining a VISA, but the alternatives are: 1. Labor Visa tied to a labor contract given by a Chilean company. 2. Temporary Residence Visa, which is related to a business project, that may proof some funding as back up. These two are basically the options for getting a VISA. Anyway, if you are seeking public health system aid, it is far more likely that such assistance may be better in Argentina than in Chile, for an immigrant. At least, without a more permanent VISA. Pay attention to such issue if you want to rely on the public system, unless the baby is received under the private health system in Chile. Regards Write to businessinchile@gmailcom
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Socium replied to the thread Spanish translator needed in Santiago on the Chile forum:
Dave123456 initially posted:
We need a good Spanish to English translator in Santiago to help us when we go to the government offices. We will pay a reasonable fee.
Socium replied most recently with:
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