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Chile Work Visas & Work Permits

Learn about the types of work visas for Chile, how to apply for Chile work visas, and other information to help you expand to Chile

Is your company planning to expand into the South American nation of Chile? If so, you will probably want to bring in at least some foreign employees to help with the expansion operation. To bring foreign workers to Chile, each individual will need valid Chile work visas. 

The Chilean visa system can be difficult to navigate, with different types of visas available, a different language, complex requirements, and many other factors all potentially causing delays for any business that fails to prepare properly.

At Horizons, our expansion experts offer a range of Chile work visa solutions, immigration support, and outsourcing to give your company everything it needs to expand into Chile with the help of the best global talent.

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Basic requirements for Chile work visas

The precise list of requirements needed for Chilean work visas can vary depending on the type of visa. However, the basic requirements that the majority of people will need to meet include:
  • A job offer from a Chile-based employer
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Flight/travel details
  • Proof of finances
  • A letter to justify the reason for travel
  • Valid passport and passport photos

Types of Chile work visas

There are a number of different Chilean work visas to choose from, such as a professional visa (for qualified professionals), a contract visa (issued to employees with a job offer in Chile), and an independent work visa (for workers needing the option to work for different employers). Of these options, a contract visa is likely to be the most suitable for most people who are coming to work for a specific employer and already have a job offer.

How to get a work visa for Chile

Chile visa applications can be completed online via the government’s immigration portal. All necessary documents can be submitted online via the portal, but the applicant may need to visit their local embassy/consulate to receive the physical visa. 

Other considerations

Once a visa has been approved and issued, the holder needs to travel to Chile within three months (90 days). 

As with visa applications for any country, you should always prepare and apply as early as possible to avoid delays in cases where approval takes longer than expected.

As Chile is a Spanish-speaking country, the documents you submit as part of the visa application (such as the employment contract) must be written in Spanish.

How can Horizons help?

Horizons specializes in helping employers establish and grow their operations in Chile, and we specialize in obtaining work visas for Chile. Our Chile work visa experts can provide reliable advice and custom outsourcing solutions to assist you through the country’s complex immigration process quickly and effectively. We will make sure that you and your valued workforce are in complete compliance with Chile’s immigration and employment rules, save you time, and give the answers to any questions you may have along the way. 

Beyond this, we offer an extensive selection of outsourcing services that cover recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and more, even for companies that don’t have an official entity in Chile, giving you the extra time and resources to focus on your successful expansion.