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exnoctus
9/24/2018 21:52 EST

Hello,

For Chile, I am interested in moving to retire. Unfortunately, I have (1) prior misdemeanor charge on a criminal record. I only paid a fine for this charge.

Will this bar me from being able to move?
Thanks.

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FAIRCLOUGH
9/25/2018 11:10 EST

Getting a temporary resident visa entails providing an FBI record search certificate. Your charges may or may not show up on this record.
If it does, submit a copy of the certificate to the nearest Chilean Consulate office and have them verify if your request would be accepted. If they say maybe, you may have to file for the 470 dollar visa to see if it is approved.

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emmaemma
8/11/2019 17:21 EST

Curious to hear what happened; were you able to get a visa and/or enter Chile?

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Lmatthies
8/11/2019 22:09 EST

Hi emmaemma
Due to time constraints we opted to not apply in the US. We are now in Santiago and I have gotten as far as registering in the system and requesting an appointment. We will see how it goes. If we don’t have a temp residence visa by Oct 1 them we will have to leave the country for a few days. Hopefully we can secure the visa before Jan 1.

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emmaemma
8/12/2019 03:44 EST

Thanks for your response !
So, you were able to enter the country with a record? Did they ask you any questions regarding your record? I've read stories of people with DUI being sent back on a plane.

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Encourager
8/15/2019 09:14 EST

Possibly, your misdemeanor charge could keep you from obtaining a permanent visa. In order to obtain a permanent visa in Chile you have to submit a certified FBI background report on yourself to the Santiago, Chile immigration headquarters office who then (after about a year of investigation on their own) will either accept your application for permanent residency (or not).

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emmaemma
8/16/2019 13:49 EST

Thanks.

Do you know if that is a new prerequisite to get PR? I actually applied for temporary visa a couple of years back, and they did not require an FBI check and it also wasn't listed on the steps for PR back then. I was applying in Los Lagos. Maybe it differs per region and/or laws have changed.

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Encourager
8/16/2019 19:01 EST

The immigration law is the same throughout Chile. The Permanent Visa is more demanding than the Temporary Visa. All your paperwork can be initiated by your closest Immigration Office in Chile to where you want to live. The Temporary Visa is simple and there is no charge for that visa. But the Permanent Visa has to be at least applied for before your Temporary Visa expires The Permanent Visa is finally approved after about one year + and there are many fees that have to be paid. The President of Chile, Sebastian Pinera has just passed a law that possibly makes it impossible to get a Permanent Visa here because he has frozen those visas (I think it doesn't apply for USA citizens who want to Immigrate to Chile) But to be certain, contact the closest to you Immigration office in the USA to be certain of this new law (which was just passed a couple of weeks ago) as it may not apply to US citizens. Whatever you do, DO NOT choose to LIVE in the city of Santiago. It is very dangerous because of all the Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Columbia, and Venezuelan people trying to flee their own countries to Chile because Chile is the safest and most secure, and most freedom-providing country in Central and South America. Good Luck in getting more information. It is best to contact directly the Immigration Office in Santiago to be certain how the new changes in immigration law may affect you. Steve

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Encourager
8/16/2019 19:07 EST

Yes, I have had my Temporary Visa for 2 years, but I recently had to apply for the Permanent Visa because I couldn't just renew my Temporary Visa any longer. Once you apply for the Permanent Visa, the closest Immigration Office to where you live in Chile will give you a letter that you should carry with you along with your U.S. passport for identification if ever anyone may ask you for proof that you are legally living in Chile. Otherwise, you may be deported.

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liewald
8/16/2019 21:21 EST

Rules changed, but no new laws (yet)

I don't have time to start correcting Mr dissEncourager just know that he is 99.5% WRONG

Permanencia Definitiva (PR) is not a visa,
It is only granted by Immigration Department in Santiago.

Applications for it are now on-line only and everyone has to submit police records from their countries of origin.

Best
Walt

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liewald
8/16/2019 21:24 EST

Normally if you got a fine and not served time, it is no "criminal" as defined for "antecedentes penales"

It is unlikely that your are on an international database that will prevent you from entering the country,

Best

Walt

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Fredonia
8/18/2019 18:36 EST

this original post is a year old. The OP never responded to the numerous responses here..

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