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Last Update: Reissued with updates to crime information.
Exercise increased caution in Chile due to crime and civil unrest.
Country Summary: Street crime (e.g., muggings, pick-pocketing, theft) is common in Chile. Rates of violent crime, such as assaults, homicide, carjackings, and residential break-ins, are increasing.
Large-scale demonstrations periodically occur in Santiago and other cities in Chile. Demonstrations can take place with little or no notice, and often result in disruptions to transportation, including public bus and Santiago metro services.
Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Chile.
If you decide to travel to Chile:
Adoptions from Chile to the United States are not possible at this time. Under Chilean law, foreign adoption service providers must be authorized to provide services in adoptions from Chile by Servicio Nacional de Menores de Chile (SENAME). No U.S. adoption service provider is currently authorized to provide services in adoptions from Chile.
Please see our section on Adoptions from the United States for more information on the process for adopting a child from the United States.
Please visit the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Chile and the U.S. Embassy in Santiago’s website for information on consular services.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Chile, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.
Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.
U.S. Embassy in Chile
Consular Section - Immigrant Visas
Avenida Andrés Bello 2800
Chile’s Adoption Authority
Servicio Nacional de Menores de Chile (SENAME)
Unidad de Adopción
Telephone: (56)(2) 398-4447
Embassy of Chile in the United State
1732 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 785-1746
Fax: (202) 887-5579
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1- 913-214-5808
For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
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