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9 months in Chile, and would like to work

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Lmatthies
6/3/2019 01:11 EST

Hello
My family is temporarily relocating to Chile in July for 9 months. We plan to arrive on a tourist visa and then leave every 90 days to renew it, We would like to work (at least part time) while we are there to pay bills. We can speak some Spanish and would take any kind of job to get by. A cafe, teaching English, retail store etc. Is it impossible to work without the proper visa? I did find limited information about a tourist visa that allowed employment, but I have not gotten a good explanation about that from the local consulate (we live in Los Angeles, CA). Thank you for any advice.

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liewald
6/3/2019 18:18 EST

Hi,
Your plans are not entirely legal,
1 You can only renew your tourist status once, enforcement of this is increasing for all aliens.
2 You can ask for an authorization to work as Tourist but it will cost USD 870 per month of a US Citizen (USD 90 for a Venezuelan)
3 Better to apply for a Temporary Visa and pay USD 235 for the permit to work while the visa is being processed, that could take 8 months. (you will only pay the visa once it has been approved)

best
Walter
@ConsuladoCivico

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Lmatthies
6/4/2019 00:38 EST

Thank you for the information. I have started the application process for the temporary visa at my local consulate here in Los Angeles. However, the cost is 470 USD.

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liewald
6/5/2019 08:33 EST

Yes, the Visa fees for a US Citizen are:
Visa sujeta a contrato: USD 570
Visa Temporaria: USD 470
Work Permit as Tourist: 1,5x 570=
USD 855/30 days
Work permit for Visa Temporaria: 0.5x470= USD235 /4 months

When you get a Visa abroad, there is no need for a work permit, the visa allows you to work from the moment you are in Chile.

When you apply for a Visa in Chile, you MAY ask for a permit to be able to work while you wait for the Visa to be issued.

Best
Walt

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