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What is the change? The Chilean government introduced new visa categories this week, part of its efforts to overhaul the country’s immigration system.
What does the change mean? Authorities are accepting applications for temporary opportunity visas (for foreign nationals undertaking paid work or conducting business activities), temporary international orientation visas (for foreign nationals with postgraduate degrees from elite universities abroad) and national orientation temporary visas (for foreign nationals who earn postgraduate degrees from accredited Chilean universities). The categories were created to help Chile attract high-skilled foreign workers and give them opportunities to apply for permanent residence.
Background: Chile announced plans to introduce the new visa categories in April. Applications are now being accepted for:
BAL Analysis: The new visa routes are designed to attract highly educated foreign nationals and other skilled workers and to provide flexibility for those who wish to seek permanent residence in Chile. The introduction of the new categories is one of several immigration changes Chile has made so far this year. The country has also introduced tech visas aimed at attracting innovation, established new humanitarian visa routes for Haitian and Venezuelan nationals and launched a campaign to legalize the status of approximately 300,000 undocumented immigrants.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and ContactoChile i.r.s. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
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