If you are a foreign between the ages of 18 and 35, you may be able to visit Chile and work there for up to one year thanks to the Chile Working Holiday Visa.
Who is Eligible For the Chile Working Holiday Visa?
Chile has Work Holiday Visa programs with the following countries:
|Canada||International Experience Youth Mobility Program (Programa de movilidad de jóvenes Experiencia Internacional)||Must be between 18 and 35 years old|
|Germany||Chile-Germany Working Holiday Program (Visa Programa Vacaciones y Trabajo Chile-Alemania)||Must be between 18 and 30 years old|
|Australia||Work and Holiday Program||Must be between 18 and 30 years old|
|Czech Republic||Must be between 18 and 30 years old|
|New Zealand||Must be between 18 and 35 years old|
|Peru||Inter-institutional Agreement of the Pacific Alliance for a Vacation and Work Program (Acuerdo Interinstitucional de la Alianza del Pacífico para un Programa de Vacaciones y Trabajo)||Must be between 18 and 30 years old
Must have a higher education degree (four years of study) or
Show you were accepted to take your third year of studies (if studies are ongoing)
Conditions of the Chile Working Holiday Visa
The conditions of a Chile Working Holiday visa are:
- It is issued for a maximum period of 12 months (1 year)
- You can only receive the Chile Working Holiday visa once
- You can work in Chile but you are not allowed to work for the same employer longer than six months
- You can study or train, provided that the course does not exceed six months.
- You cannot bring dependents
- You must be able to support yourself financially, at least for the initial period of your stay. The exact amount may change depending on the country.
- You must find a job in Chile yourself – Chilean authorities cannot help you find a job
- You must have finished your tertiary studies or currently a student
Requirements for a Chile Working Holiday Visa
When you submit your Chile Working Holiday Visa application, you must have the following documents:
- Photocopy of your passport’s personal information page. The passport must be valid for at least another 1 ½ years.
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover the initial period of your stay. Depending on the country, it may be through bank statements, credit card statements, money orders or traveler’s cheques.
- Travel health insurance, covering the entire duration of your stay for any medical complications, accidents, and hospitalization.
- Certificate of police clearance from your country
- Medical certificate clearing you of infectious disease and stating you are in good health. It must be issued by a registered medical practitioner within the 30 days prior to the application.
- Proof of accommodation in Chile.
- Cover letter by you, addressed to the Consulate, explaining the reason why you want to travel.
- Confirmed flight ticket or itinerary.
- A passport-size picture of yourself following these specifications:
- Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 cm (2 inches x 2 inches)
- Professionally taken in a studio
- Taken in front of a plain white or off-white background
- You must be wearing everyday clothes
- You cannot wear glasses or any hats/headgear which cover your hair/hairline or face.
- You must face the camera and have a neutral facial expression
- Must be in JPEG format
- Chile Working Holiday Visa application form, which you can download from the Consulate’s website.
All the documents you attach have to be in PDF format.
You have to name the documents accordingly (eg. YourLastName_HealthCertificate or YourLastName_ProofOfAccommodation).
Keep in mind:
This is not an exhaustive list of required documents. The Chilean authorities can ask you to submit any additional documents as they see fit during any stage of your application processing. Requirements may also differ based on the country you are applying from and your specific circumstances.
How to Apply for a Chile Working Holiday Visa?
You must apply for a Chile Working Holiday visa online. Then, you have to go to a Chile Consulate in your country to obtain the visa.
Chile Working Holiday Visa online application
You must submit the online application for a Chile Working Holiday Visa via this website. The application process is as follows:
- Select the language on the top-right corner of the page.
- Press the “Visa Application” button to commence the application. You will be redirected to the application page.
- The first section counts as the registration page, where you must give your nationality, passport number, and age. You will receive a Verification/Validation number which allows you to resume your application.
- After you complete each section of questions, press “Save and Continue” to move on to the next.
- In the final section, you have to attach electronic files of all the required documents (see “Requirements” below)
After your Chile Working Holiday Visa online application is processed and approved, you will receive an email setting an appointment regarding when you can submit your passport and documents.
Getting the Chile Working Holiday Visa
You have to go to a Chilean Consulate in your country to actually obtain the Chile Working Holiday Visa. The Chile Consulate has to stamp the visa in your passport in order for you to be able to use it, because despite the fact that you apply online, the Chile visa is not an electronic visa.
When you arrive at the Chile Consulate for your appointment, in addition to your passport, you must also have the originals of all the documents you uploaded online and pay a Chile visa fee.
However, some Chile consulates allow the applicants to submit the passport and documents via post. Check the consulate’s website to learn about their requirements, although you will most likely be notified about the method of passport submission via email.
Find a list of the Chilean Consulates operating on the countries eligible for a Working Holiday visa below.
|Canada||Chilean Consulate in Montreal
Chilean Consulate in Ottawa
Chilean Consulate in Toronto
Chilean Consulate in Vancouver
|Germany||Chilean Consulate in Berlin
Chilean Consulate in Frankfurt
Chilean Consulate in Hamburg
Chilean Consulate in Munich
|Australia||Chilean Consulate in Canberra
Chilean Consulate in Melbourne
Chilean Consulate in Sydney
|Czech Republic||Chilean Consulate in Prague|
|New Zealand||Chilean Consulate in Wellington|
|Peru||Consulate General in Lima
Consulate General in Tacna
|Colombia||Chilean Consulate in Bogota|
|New Mexico||Chilean Consulate in Mexico City|
You must travel to Chile within 90 days of receiving the visa.
Chile Working Holiday Visa fee
You only have to pay a Chile Working Holiday Visa fee if your visa application is approved. When the Chile Consulate emails you to set up an appointment, they will inform you of the payment method.
The Chile visa fee amount depends on the country. After you select the type of visa you’re applying for on the online application tool, you’ll be informed about the fee you have to pay.
Chile visa fees range from $50 to $150.
Chile Working Holiday Visa Processing Time
A Chile Working Holiday Visa will be processed within 15 to 20 working days. You should also take into account the day when your appointment will be scheduled, which can delay the time when you actually get the visa.
So, make sure to apply within 30-60 working days before you intend to travel to Chile. Some Chilean Consulates don’t even accept applications issued within 20 days of the intended time of travel.
Where to register a Chile Working Holiday Visa?
Within 30 days of arriving in Chile with a Working Holiday Visa, you have to register the visa at the Policía de Investigaciones (PDI).
Then, you have to go to the civil register (Registro Civil) to receive your Chilean ID card.
Duration of a Chile Working Holiday Visa
A Chile Working Holiday visa is valid for a maximum of one year. You cannot renew it or extend it. You cannot receive the Working Holiday Visa more than once.