[Updated]: Chile: Amendments to Immigration Law

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

This article was originally published on 10 March 2022 and was updated on 26 May 2022 to reflect new information.  

25 May 2022 Update: On 14 May 2022, the government of Chile released additional updates concerning the country’s new immigration regulations including the new procedures for submitting visa applications. Under this new process, applicants will be required to present a copy of their passport, which must be valid for at least one year from the date of filing, and proof of having received a Police Clearance Certificate from their home country and more.  

Key Points 

  • Amendments made to the immigration laws in Chile  


On 12 Feb. 2022 and 4 March 2022, the government of Chile published an amendment to the country’s entrance, stay and exit laws and made updates to its transitory permanent permit. Under the amendment, the government introduced a new entity responsible for immigration matters within the country, known as the National Immigration Service. The Service will be responsible for carrying out the country's immigration policies, outlining the terms of entrance, stay, and exit for foreign nationals in Chile and more.  

The government also modified the structure of entrance and residence permits for the country. Under this change, foreign nationals holding transitory permanent permits will no longer be permitted to change their immigration status from tourist to resident.  

What are the Changes?  

The government of Chile published amendments to its immigration laws and policies. These amendments impact the terms of entrance and stay for foreign nationals entering the country and establish a new government entity for managing immigration matters.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Chile’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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