Permanent Residency for residents with a visa subject to contract and their dependents
To apply for Permanent Residency in Chile, when the applicant has a work contract and a contract dependent visa, he or she must have completed 2 uninterrupted years as a visa subject to contract holder.
Not only can the main holder of a visa subject to contract apply for permanent residency. Dependents (that is, their children, spouse and parents) of the main holder can also apply along with the main request though they are not allowed to work in the country. If they apply, they must prove their economic sustenance.
The applicant must apply for permanent residency within the last 90 days of validity of the previous temporary residency visa.
The cost of this application is 40% of the minimum wage, which at the time in which this document was drafted was equivalent to $58.056 CLP, or about $94 USD. This fee is waived when the applicant is married to a Chilean national, or if he or she is under 18 years old.
The application for this kind of visa must be made via postal mail sent to the section of Permanent Residency of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The letter must be signed by the applicant and include all their relevant information, and must be sent within the last 90 days of validity of the previous residency visa.
It must include, as general documents:
- Criminal Record Certificate, which can be requested at the Service of Civil Registry and Identification (this is not required for applicants younger than 18)
- Travel Certificate, which is issued by the Interpol (this doesn’t apply for those who had a prior dependent visa)
- Copy of the applicant’s foreigner ID Card (RUT), if it exists (again, not required if the applicant is under 18)
- Copy of the Registry Certificate issued by Interpol (not required for applicants under 18)
- Copy of the applicant’s passport, which must be valid at the date of application
- Personal and autobiographical letter that explains the reason for the application
- Three color photographs with name and ID (3x2cm)
For the main holder, the specific documents needed are the following:
- Copy of the valid Work Contract and of any earlier contracts signed by the applicant
- Work Contract’s Validity Certificate, that must be signed before Notary Public (in original)
- Copies of the acquittals of previous work contracts, in case they exist
- Historical contribution certificate, issued by the Pension Funds Administrator and Health Insurance Administrator, of the last year of the visa
- Marriage or Birth Certificate, in case of marriage with a Chilean spouse or if the applicant has a Chilean child.
If the main holder has dependents that apply for permanent residency along with him or her, the following documents are required:
- Spouse: Copy of the Marriage Certificate
- Offspring: Copy of each Birth Certificate that includes the name of each parent
- Parents of the main holder: Copy of their Birth Certificate that includes the name of their parents
- To prove economic sustenance, a sworn statement of expenses must be included on the request. It must be signed before a notary public by the supporting party, declaring that he or she will assume the costs of supporting the applying dependent in Chile.
Revocation of Permanent Residency
An approved application for permanent residency does not have a specific validity period, so its duration is indefinite.
However, permanent residency can be revoked:
- The recipient cannot leave the country for more than one complete year. However, this can be extended up to four times, within 60 days of the date of revocation, by applying for an extension.
- If the recipient commits one of several punishable acts that cause revocation, for example lying or providing false documents to enter the country, drug trafficking, etcetera.
The recipient can apply for the Chilean nationality if he or she remains 5 years as a Permanent Residency Visa holder, counted from the first visa. He or she must also comply with other requirements for nationalization, as established by Chilean law.