What is a Residencia Temporal permit?
Residencia Temporal is the permit granted by the Servicio Nacional de Migraciones (SERMIG) to foreigners who intend to reside in Chile for a limited period of time, which will be valid for up to 2 years, except for the subcategory of seasonal workers.
In what cases can I apply for a Residencia Temporal permit?
Law No. 21.325 of Migraciones y Extranjería, through Decree No. 177 of 2022 of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Safety, established a list of subcategories that may be the basis for an application for a Residencia Temporal permit.
The applicant must determine which immigration subcategory best suits their personal situation in order to present their application with the corresponding requirements, either as an applicant or as a dependent.
Where can I apply for a Residencia Temporal permit?
The application for a Residencia Temporal permit must be made online from abroad, except in the following cases:
- Your application refers to the subcategory of family reunification or is based on a humanitarian reason, as indicated in Article 4 of Decree No. 177 of 2022 of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Safety.
- If you are already a holder of a Residencia Temporal permit, and you wish to apply for a change of immigration subcategory or to extend it.
- If you have a Residencia Temporal permit as a dependent person and wish to change the status to holder.
- If you have a Residencia Oficial (Official Residence) permit as a holder or dependent and you wish to apply for a change of immigration category.
Residencia Temporal permit application process
From outside Chile
From within Chile
When the Residencia Temporal permit is applied for from outside Chile, fees must be paid before sending the application. Once the permit is granted, you have 120 working days to download the Estampado Electrónico. Once downloaded, the person will be able to enter Chile within 90 calendar days.
If the Residencia Temporal permit is applied for from within Chile, the payment of fees must be made once the permit is granted. After making this payment, the person has a period of 120 working days to download their Estampado Electrónico.
Holders of a Permanencia Transitoria permit who are in the country cannot apply for a residence permit, unless they comply with the requirements established in Article 69 of Law No. 21.325 of Migración y Extranjería, that is:
- That they prove to have family bond with Chilean people or with permanent residents.
- Those whose stay is consistent with the objectives of the Política Nacional de Migración y Extranjería (Chilean Policy on Migration).
- Other cases duly qualified by the Subsecretaría del Interior by administrative resolution, following a report from SERMIG.