Civil Registry strike ends, ID issuance resumes

13 Nov 15



What is the change? A strike by Civil Registry workers has ended after nearly two months and the issuance of ID cards to foreign nationals has resumed.

What does the change mean? Foreign nationals should expect longer wait times, as demand for all services at the registry is high. Applicants should anticipate waiting four to six hours at the registry to make a request, and the issuance of ID cards will also take longer than normal due to a backlog that developed during the strike.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: ID cards and police clearance certificates.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals requesting services from the Civil Registry.
  • Impact on processing times: Applicants should expect longer wait times.
  • Next steps: BAL is working with clients to coordinate dates for requesting ID cards.

Background: The strike lasted 39 days and led to nationwide work stoppages by public employees. The strike ended Nov. 6 when the government agreed to raise the salaries of Civil Registry workers.

BAL Analysis: Employers and foreign employees should plan for longer timelines when applying for ID cards and other services at the registry. BAL will update clients if there are changes to scheduling, as the registry is considering expanding its hours of service to clear the backlog.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Chile. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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