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simonom27
12/31/2018 22:18 EST

Good evening and Happy New year!

I am moving to Chile very soon and I am almost ready to apply for my temporary residence visa here in Los Angeles so I can move to Chile as soon as I can. The consulate is not being very clear on answering my questions about the visa so I would love some insight from those who have done this. ( I have a job in Chile already. I shall get my offer letter next week)

1. On the application sent to me from the consulate, the form asks for the day I leave, flight number and day of return. I'm confused as to what to put for that and am afraid to leave it blank. not sure what to do since I don't intend to buy a return ticket because I'm applying for one year residence.

2. I am applying for a Visa Titular but the consulate says that's not an option do do that in the states?

3. Once the consulate receives my papers and application, how long does it take for you to know whether you are approved or not?

I appreciate any help or additional tips!! Thank you

Becerra65
1/1/2019 07:27 EST

I moved to Chile in June from CA. I came here with a round trip ticket (about the same price as a one way ticket) on a tourist visa (no paperwork required). I don’t think you can have a one way ticket unless your temp resident paperwork is in process or completed. You can stay in Chile for 90 days then go to the government office in Chile pay $100 get your passport stamped and stay another 90 days. I then left the country back to the states to visit family. I will eventually work on the temp visa but for now I’m here on a tourist Visa. My partner of 15 years is a Chilean citizen.

The consulate in LA was no help. They said start your paperwork in Chile. Your employer should help you with this. Make sure you have your personal FBI Background check and state police report completed and copy paperwork no older then 30 days along with your work contract and then go to the government office in Santiago. It’s a long process but don’t worry it’s not as complicated as it seems.

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simonom27
1/1/2019 09:10 EST

Thank you for your response! Greatly appreciated.

What you said is what my boyfriend and I were gonna do. However he went last week to Chile on vacation with his family to start the process for himself, but the HR department at our employer suggested that we do our papers in our respective countries.

They said it was too expensive to come and do what you said you did. So I’m a little confused hahah. Was it expensive for you?

Should I just try to apply in the states?

Becerra65
1/1/2019 10:51 EST

I think it’s more expensive in the states. Everything is. I wanna say it was around $800. For now I am continuing on a tourist visa. You could do the same and instead of departing to the states to start the process over every six months you could depart to one of Chile’s neighboring countries which would be less expensive. This is of course a temporary fix. I will eventually apply for temp residence or get married to my boyfriend who is a citizen.

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