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Chile Reciprocity Schedule
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
Visa Category Footnotes
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:
- G-1 through G-4
- NATO 1 through NATO 6
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.
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.
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)
The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.
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.
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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Birth, Death, Burial Certificates
- Available: Anyone may request a copy of a person's birth certificate at the local office of the Civil Registry (http://www.registrocivil.cl/). The request will be granted immediately if the subject's name, date and place of registration, and identity card number are provided. Failure to provide complete information will lead to delays. Hand written certificates are not accepted. The Consular Section only accepts birth certificates with parents names included.
The Certificado de Defuncion is issued by the Civil Registry (www.registrocivil.cl) of the place where the death occurred, and is the only legally valid evidence of a death occurring in Chile. The certificate details the time and cause of death and bears the signature and seal of the Civil Registrar. There may be a fee for this service.
Marriage, Divorce Certificates
Available: The Certificado de Matrimonio is available at the Civil Registry or online at www.registrocivil.cl.. The certificate sets out the names and identity card numbers of the contracting parties, the place and date of the marriage, and bears the signature and seal of the Civil Registrar. At the time of the marriage, a booklet called the Family Book (Libreta de Familia) is issued and contains spaces to record the birth and deaths of children born to the couple, as well as the deaths of the contracting couple. Nevertheless, the official marriage certificate is required.
Available: Divorce Certificates are available as an amendment that is annotated on the marriage certificate.
Document Name: Certificado de Matrimonio with the divorce annotation.
Not available, per se. 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.
(Cedula Nacional de Identidad)
Everybody in Chile over 18 years old must have an Identity Card (Cédula de Identidad, sometimes referred as "Carné de Identidad") issued by the Service of Civil Record and Identification (Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación).
On the front side there is a color photograph, a "ghost" smaller photograph and the cardholder’s father's and mother’s last names. It also includes the holder’s name (usually, a first name and middle name, sharing the same line), sex and nationality, birth date, date of card issuance and expiration (usually 6 years after being issued), the bearer's signature, and the cardholder's ID number (Rol Único Nacional, abbreviated as RUN). The RUN never changes: it is bound to the person’s identity, not to the current document.
On the reverse appears the right thumb fingerprint and a barcode containing the main biographic data. It also includes the serial number of the card, which can be used to block it from being used in case the card is lost or stolen. You can also use this serial number to check the current status of the card in the web site of the Servicio de Registro Civil e Identificación (www.registrocivil.cl).
The ID card includes several security measures:
- Relief figure depicting Copihues (the national flower) located as a vertical line near the right edge of the card (front side).
- Image of the Chilean Coat of Arms, visible only under UV light.
- The whole card has an UV coating. If the card is modified, the coating would be damaged.
Police, Court, Prison Records
Available. Chilean citizens who apply for police certificates in Chile must do so in person at the Civil Registry and the certificate is delivered immediately. In Santiago, the Civil Registry is located at Huerfanos 1560, and the business hours are Monday through Friday from 08:30 to 15:30. Applicants must carry their valid Chilean Identification Card (Cedula Nacional de Identidad). Chilean citizens abroad may apply through the nearest Chilean Consulate, which will forward the application to the Civil Registry. Foreigners resident in Chile who have a Chilean Identity Card follow the same procedures as Chilean citizens. There may be a fee for this service.
Available. Any prison record is noted on the reverse of the police certificate and is called the Certificado de Antecedentes para Fines Especiales.
Available. Military service certificates (Certificado de Situacion Militar) are issued by the Recruiting Officer of each military district and contain information on the military status of the applicant as it appears on the military's roll book (Carnet de Enrolamiento). There may be a fee for this service.
Passports & Other Travel Documents
Chilean passports issued since September 1, 2013 are e-passports, machine readable, ICAO-MRP compliant, and difficult to obtain fraudulently. They are red with copper-colored lettering and bear the seal of the government of Chile. Older, non-ICAO compliant passports (with blue covers and copper-colored lettering) are no longer issued, but are still in use and valid for travel.
Chile also issues official (bright blue) and diplomatic passports (dark blue) that are also e-passports.
The U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile processes applications for all visa categories for the following areas:
- Easter Island
- Islas Juan Fernandez
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.