How to Get Permanent Residency Certificate in Chile

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What is it?

A Permanent Residency Certificate in Chile allows foreign nationals to reside indefinitely in the country, granting them the freedom to live, work, study, and engage in other long-term activities legally. It is the final step towards securing your status after temporary residency.

Who needs it?

This service is ideal for immigrants, expatriates, and digital nomads who have been living in Chile under a temporary visa and are now ready to make a more permanent commitment to residing in the country. Families, students, and professionals seeking stability and long-term opportunities in Chile will greatly benefit from obtaining this certificate.


  1. Reside in Chile under a temporary visa for the minimum required period (usually 1-2 years).
  2. Ensure that you have a clean police record, both in Chile and your country of origin.
  3. Gather all necessary documentation proving your ability to support yourself financially.
  4. Fill out the Permanent Residency application form available on the Chilean Immigration Department’s website.
  5. Submit your application and required documents to the Department of Immigration.
  6. Attend an in-person interview if required and provide any additional information requested.
  7. Wait for your application to be reviewed and approved, which may take several months.
  8. Receive your Permanent Residency Certificate and register it with the local Civil Registry.

Required documents

  • Valid Passport: Obtain this from your home country’s passport office.
  • Temporary Visa: Proof of your temporary residency status in Chile.
  • Police Clearance Certificate: From your home country and locally from Chile.
  • Proof of Income: Bank statements, employment contract, or other financial documents.
  • Health Insurance: Proof of valid health insurance coverage.
  • Application Form: Available from the Chilean Immigration Department’s website.

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Additional details

  • Residency requirement varies based on visa type; check specific eligibility.
  • Processing times can be lengthy, plan accordingly.
  • Ensure all documents are translated into Spanish if they are in another language.
  • Keep a copy of all submitted documents for personal records.
  • Be aware of possible changes in immigration laws and stay informed.


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