|The view coming into Puerto Octay|
Who wouldn't want to live here?
Interested in moving to Chile?
Here is what you need to do before you leave.
UPDATE- As of September 2016, Chile has joined the Hague Convention (more on this at bottom of article) and you no longer need to send your documents to the Chilean Consulate in your region or have them stamped in Santiago at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. All you need to do is get the Apostille Stamp from the Secretary of State in the state that issued your documents.
1. Get a passport
No brainer here. You really should have one even if you decide not to go.
You cannot apply on line but this passport wizard linked below will walk you through the steps and help you prepare your paperwork so you can bring it down to your local post office. You may need an appointment so call first. The cost is $110 for adults and $80 for minors. Here is the link
2. Copies of birth certificates
You will need the official long form copy that is already notarized by the Dept. of Health in your state. Costs vary by state but in SC it is $15 per certificate.Then you will need to send it to the Secretary of State in that state to have it legalized. In SC, this costs just $2 per document.This is just the certification that the notary is certified. Then it must be sent to the Chilean Consulate in that region so they can certify that the Secretary of State is certified bona fide. This costs $4 per document and don't send a check. Cash only! Don't ask me how I know!
Here is the link to find the consulate in your region.
|The document from the Secretary of State certifying that the notary is official and legal|
3. Marriage Certificate
4. University Degree or High School Diploma
Ditto but remember if this is in a different state you have to send it to the Secretary of State for that state and the Consulate for that region.You also need proof of your own education for a driver's license which you must apply for once you get permanent residency. By law, you must have at least an 8th grade education to get a Chilean driver's license. So either your degree or diploma will need to stamped.
5. Income Statements
This includes retirement checks, social security, rents or leases, contracts, paycheck stubs, a letter from your boss, etc. But it must be, you guessed it!, notarized,legalized, and certified. Letters should be in English and Spanish.
6. School transcripts
From your school or home school association - notarized,legalized, and certified. If you plan on homeschooling here, which is legal, do it anyway. Because things may change and it's much easier to do it from there than here. Best to have an English and Spanish version.
7. Bank Statements
Just the first page showing your balance for the most recent 3 months - notarized,legalized, and certified.
|The top 2 stamps are from the Chilean Consulate in Miami|
The bottom stamp is from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santiago
8. Licenses or Professional Certifications
If you plan on pursuing your profession here and if not, get it done anyway, just in case.
When you get here it will need to be stamped again in Santiago at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Their address is Agustinas 1320
They are open from 9-2 and the service is free.
Chileans love their stamps!
*A note on apostilles- Apostille is the french word for certification. The Hague Convention on the Apostille was a treaty signed by 108 countries to help streamline the certification of documents between countries. Chile did not sign this treaty so that is why your documents from the Secretary of State are legalized not apostilled and then you must send them to the Chilean Consulate of your region and then the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Santiago. Here is a link if you want to read more about it.
|The view of Volcan Osorno at sunset from our home|