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U.S. Visa: Reciprocity and Civil Documents by Country

Chile

Chile
Republic of Chile

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V
 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 60 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 60 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 60 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-3 None Multiple 36 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B-1 None Multiple 18 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 6 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None One 48 Months
U-2 None One 48 Months
U-3 None One 48 Months
U-4 None One 48 Months
U-5 None One 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes

  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

There is no general document information.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees: Free or CLP $ 710 – there is no difference in the information, but the free version contains a heading that states “Exclusive Use for Family Assignment.” Both versions are considered official and can be verified on the Civil Registry’s webpage.

Document Name: Certificado de Nacimiento

Issuing Authority: Certificates are issued at the local office of the Civil Registry (Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is a special seal of the Chilean Coat of Arms with a huemul and a condor; the condor is black and the huemul is brown; also, there are red, white, and blue colors.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Civil Registry with an electronic signature from the Head of the General Archive department, “Jefe Departamento Archivo General”

Registration Criteria:  The child needs to be registered no later than 30 days of his/her birth.

Procedure for Obtaining: Anyone may request a copy of a person's birth certificate at the local office of the Civil Registry or online at registrocivil.gov. The request will be granted immediately if the subject's name, date, place of registration, and identity card number are provided. Failure to provide this information will lead to delays.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:

  • Hand written certificates are not accepted.
  • The Consular Section only accepts birth certificates with parents names included.

 

Death Certificates

Available

Fees: CLP $710

Document Name: Certificado de Defunción

Issuing Authority: Certificates are issued by the Civil Registry (Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  The certificates will have the date, time, and cause of death; also the coat of arms, the signature and seal of the Civil Registry.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Supervisor of General Archives.

Registration Criteria Mortuary takes care of this with the Physicians Death Certificate.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Death certificates can be requested at the local office of the Civil Registry or online at registrocivil.gov.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage Certificates

Available

Fees CLP $710

Document Name: Certificado de Matrimonio

Issuing Authority: Certificates are issued at the Civil Registry (Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The certificate sets out the names, identity card numbers of the contracting parties, the place, and date of the marriage; also bears the signature and seal of the Civil Registry.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  The Civil Registry with an electronic signature from  the Head of the General Archive department, “Jefe Departamento Archivo General”.

Registration Criteria:  When a couple marries through the Civil Registry, the marriage is automatically registered.

Procedure for Obtaining: Marriage certificates can be requested at the local office of the Civil Registry or online at registrocivil.gov.cl.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:

  • Hand written certificates are not accepted
  • Family Book (Libreta de Familia) is not acceptable for immigration purposes.

 

Divorce Certificates

Available

Fees:  CLP $710

Document Name: Certificado de Matrimonio with the divorce annotation.

Issuing Authority: Certificates are issued at the local office of the Civil Registry (Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación), or online at registrocivil.gov.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is a special seal of the Chilean Coat of Arms with a huemul and a condor; the condor is black and the huemul is brown; also, there are red, white, and blue colors.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Civil Registry with an electronic signature from  the Head of the General Archive department, “Jefe Departamento Archivo General”.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Divorce certificates can be requested at the local office of the Civil Registry or online at registrocivil.gov.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There are no fees listed.

Document Name: There is no specific document name.

Issuing Authority: National Service for Minors (Sename)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Servicio Nacional de Menores

Registration Criteria: Chilean Civil Registry

Procedure for Obtaining: Legal process finished.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments: The final court order granting custody to the adoptive parents also mandates the re-registration of the child's birth to show the adoptive parents as the natural parents. All documents relating to the prior identification are destroyed.

Identity Card

Available

Fees:

  • Foreigners: CLP $4,270;
  • Chilean Nationals: CLP $3,820

Document Name: Cédula Nacional de Identidad, sometimes referred to as "Carné de Identidad".

Issuing Authority: Issued by the Service of Civil Record and Identification (Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:

Front:

  • The card is light blue and pink with Chilean flag. It has an electronic chip; a black and white photo on the left; also a small holographic photo on the right, and a gold star on top right hand corner.
  • The cardholder’s last names, most of the time includes cardholder’s father's and mother’s last names; the first and middle name share the same line; nationality; sex; birth date; document number; issuance and expiration date; and cardholder’s signature.
  • The cardholder's ID number (Rol Único Nacional, abbreviated as RUN) is on the bottom left corner. The RUN never changes: it is bound to the person’s identity, not to the current document.

Back:       

  • Right thumb print, and a barcode with the main biographic data.
  • On the old (non- electronic) IDs, a serial number was used to verify if the document was valid (and not blocked), on the current IDs, one can simply verify using the document number and checking the current status of the card on the website of the Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación registrocivil.gov.

Security Measures:

  • Electronic chip bottom right edge of the card (front side).
  • Condor in the middle; holographic star by main photo; small holographic photo on the left side.
  • Multiple “Chile” imprints on the left side of photo of cardholder’s neck.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Civil Registry

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: There is no procedure for obtaining.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are not available

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments: None

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Certificates

Available. Yes, for anyone 14 and older who has a Chilean ID number (RUN)

Fees: CLP $1,050

Document Name: Certificado de Antecedentes para fines especiales

Issuing Authority: Police certificates are issued by the Civil Registry (Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There are no special seal/color/formats.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: The Civil Registry with an electronic signature from  the Head of the General Archive department, “Jefe Departamento Archivo General”.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:

  • Chilean citizens living in Chile must apply in person at the Civil Registry. A valid Chilean Identification Card (Cédula Nacional de Identidad) must be presented, and the certificate is issued immediately. In Santiago, the Civil Registry is located at Huérfanos 1560, Monday through Friday from 08:30 am to 14:00pm.
  • Chilean citizens abroad may apply through the nearest Chilean Consulate, which will forward the application to the Civil Registry.  The Rol Único Tributario (RUT or clave única) can be requested through the Chilean Consulate following the steps mentioned in this link: chileatiende.gob.
  • Non-Chilean residents who have a Chilean Identity Card follow the same procedures as Chilean citizens.
  • Non-Chilean residents who have never obtained a Chilean RUT would not be able to obtain the certificado de antecedentes.

Certified Copies Available Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None


Court Records

Available: You may request the case resolution at the court or online through the Poder Judicial.

Fees: There are no fees listed.

Document Name: Resolución del Caso

Issuing Authority: Juzgado o Poder Judicial

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is no special seal(s)/color/format.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Juzgado or Tribunales

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: The case resolution will be obtained at the courts or online through the Poder Judicial’s website.

Certified Copies Available: The courts will instruct on how to obtain certified copies.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

 

Prison Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees listed.

Document Name: Certificado de Antecedentes para Fines Especiales. Any prison record is noted on the reverse side of the police certificate.

Issuing Authority: The Civil Registry is the issuing authority.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: There is a special seal of the Chilean Coat of Arms with a huemul and a condor; the condor is black and the huemul is brown; also, there are red, white, and blue colors. There is an annotation indicating issue.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Final Resolution the Court. Annotation record Civil Registry.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  The procedure would be going to the court and Civil Registry.

Certified Copies Available: The resolution issued by the Court should have certification stamps.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments: The information provided in the police certificate can be vague and easily expunged. If there is a mention of a criminal history of any kind it is best to follow-up by requesting the final court resolution. Because records can be easily expunged due to current Chilean legislation, it is also best practice for the officer to directly ask the beneficiary if they have ever been arrested at the time of the interview.

Military Records

Available

Fees: There may be a fee for this service.

Document Name: Certificado de Situación Militar.

Issuing Authority: The certificate is issued by the Official Recruitment Officer.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: The top left corner has an insignia from the Dirección General de Movilización Nacional (DGMN) from Ministry of Defense. The Coat of arms is in the center, and a barcode at the bottom left corner.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Recruitment Official.

Registration Criteria:  Visit the DGMN website.

Procedure for Obtaining: Visit the DGMN website.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are not available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions:  None

Comments: The Certificado de Situación Militar contain information on the military status of the applicant as it appears on the military's roll book (Carnet de Enrolamiento). Either are acceptable.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Types Available  Regular, Official, Diplomatic.

Fees:

  • Regular: CLP $89,740
  • Diplomatic: CLP $81,720
  • Official: CLP $81,720

Document Name: Pasaporte

Issuing Government Authority: There is no issuing government authority.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Since September 1, 2013 Chilean new passports are:

  • E-passports,
  • Machine readable, ICAO-MRP compliant,
  • Red with copper-colored lettering and bear the seal of the government of Chile.

Older passports are:

  • Non-ICAO compliant passports,
  • Blue covers and copper-colored lettering,
  • Are no longer issued, but are still in use and valid for travel.

Official passports are:

  • Bright blue, and
  • E-passports

Diplomatic passports are:

  • Dark blue, and
  • E-passports. 

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Official and Diplomatic passports are processed through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and issued by Civil Registry. The Regular Passport is processed and issued by the Civil Registry.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Consult the Civil Registry on how to obtain a passport.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  None

Other Documents Available:  There are no other documents available.

 

Other Records

Not applicable.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Santiago (Embassy)

Address: Av. Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile

Phone Number: (56-2) 22330-3000.

Fax: (56-2) 22330-3710

Email ACS: SantiagoUSA@state.gov

Email NIV: SantiagoVisa@state.gov

Email IV: SantiagoImmigration@state.gov

Comments / Additional Information: None

Embassy hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Visa Services

The U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile processes applications for all visa categories for the following areas:

  • Chile
  • Easter Island
  • Islas Juan Fernandez