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Temporary Visa Fees

As of June 10, 2014, the Chilean government has posted the fees charged to those that apply for a temporary resident visa for retirees on a pension or real estate and stock/bond investors. The fee varies widely by country, ranging from nothing to US$1,387.

Applicants from countries that have no fee charges (US$0) include the United States, Granada, Ireland, Israel, Mauritius, Montenegro, Serbia, Palau, Palestine, Vatican City, Tonga, Tunis and Tuvalu.

Applicants from countries that have very low fee charges (US$27 or less) include Antigua and Barbados, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Botswana, Egypt, Haiti, Hong Kong, Libya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Macao, Morocco, Mauritania, Monaco, Nepal, Syria and Swaziland.

Applicants from most other countries (141 by quick count) will pay between US$30 to US$200, including Canada (US$143), France (US$128), Spain (US$65), Argentina (US$100), Brazil (US$100), Ecuador (US$200), India (US$114), Japan (US$77) and Italy (US$157).

However, some applicants get stung a lot harder, especially the UK (US$1,387), New Zealand (US$1,315), but also Belize (US$625), Tanzania (US$600), Saint Vincent and Grenadines (US$590), Finland (US$569), Norway (US$500) and Turkmenistan (US$500).

Others that get hit a bit harder are Australia (US$380), Azerbaijan (US$250), Belgium (US$236), Belarus (US$270), Bolivia (US$283), Costa Rica (US$300), Denmark (US$216), Dominica (US$295), Philippines (US$305), Kenya (US$385), Mexico (US$286), Nicaragua (US$267), Holland (US$306), Papua New Guinea (US$220), Paraguay (US$312), Western Samoa (US$250), San Cristobal and Nevis (US$225), Santa Lucia (US$280), Sweden (US$212), Uzbekistan (US$250) and Vanuatu (US$280).

Do not ask me why this is the case, but I am sure that Chile has some reasoning, probably based on reciprocity (i.e., the way Chileans get treated in these countries).

John Cobin, Ph.D., Chile Consultant

I am delighted that you are interested in coming to Chile and making it your new home. Chile is a great place to live, from its First World and beautifully-treed capital, Santiago, to its world-class beach areas, to its provincial towns and spectacular landscapes. Chile is relatively inexpensive, has a wonderful climate in its mid section, with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world in its southern half.
I help people obtain visas, find an appropriate part of Chile to live in, acquire property, find sources to meet friends and start relationships, get started with financial accounts and buy Chilean gold coins and guns. My business is rather serious. I realize that you will be making a life changing decision by moving to a new country and I want to help you feel welcome and comfortable.
As you can probably imagine, I get a lot of inquiries from people wanting advice and comments on their plans. In fact, it can be a bit overwhelming. Due to the high demand for my services, especially due to my past relationship with, we have set up a mode of entry to separate casual from serious inquiries. (I hope you will appreciate my need to do so.) My fees are US$995 for a two hour initial consultation fee and US$500 per day for all expenses.



Residency Program

Some people want help getting their Chilean residency and are willing to pay for it. For that reason, we have just established a professional one-year residency program that can help native speakers of English get going. Getting a visa in Chile is a tried-and-true turnkey operation that has gotten good results. In our program a client gets a contract visa which can lead to permanent residency if he fulfills the in-country time requirement. We also help clients open bank and mutual fund accounts, special life insurance accounts, and obtain medical insurance. For an additional fee, we also help with setting up wills, setting up business structures and purchasing a gun or Chilean gold coins.

The base cost is USD$3,000 . Generally speaking, mainly the well-healed will tend to participate.
The program is designed to help those with a high opportunity cost and time preference move to Chile permanently and set up their lives. Here is a list of the main benefits of the program’s package (the basic program includes the first four items; the rest of the items are at an additional cost):

1. Help one find work and obtain a contract visa
2. Apply for permanent residency, if the client qualifies, after one year
3. Open a checking account, mutual funds and savings accounts with bilingual branch staff
4. Open tax-advantaged life insurance investment accounts
5. Help the client obtain medical insurance and ambulance coverage, if desired
6. Help the client buy and register a gun, if desired
7. Help the client rent a car from a reduced-price agency, if desired
8. Help single clients hook up with reasonable dating services, if desired
9. Help the client wire unlimited amounts of tax-free cash to their accounts
10. Write a will for the client (notary fees not included)

11. Set up one company for the client (notary and legal fees not included)

12. Advise the client on shipping containers, one being tax-free with the visa, and arrange for a customs and shipping agent in Chile

13. Get the client’s National ID card (carné) with RUT number

14. Obtain investor’s tax ID number (used when buying real estate, among other things, like vehicles)
15. Help the client buy Chilean gold coins, if desired
16. Reasonable, unlimited phone consultations with Dr. Cobin, or one of the program’s consultants, for one year after committing to the program.

Obviously, the full package is far more than a simple visa service. It is a getting-set-up-in-Chile service. If you would like to find out more, please call Dr. Cobin at +1-864-244-6464 or +1-864-244-8177 (weekends and evenings are best). You can also send an email to Serious inquiries only.

Dr. Cobin’s book, Life in Chile: A Former American’s Guide for Newcomers, is the most comprehensive treatise on Chilean life ever written, designed to help newcomers get settled in Chile. He covers almost ever topic imaginable for immigrants. This knowledge is applied in his valet consulting service, where he guides expatriates through the process of finding a place to live and settle in Chile, helping them glide over the speed bumps that they would otherwise face in getting their visas, setting up businesses, buying real estate, investing in Chilean stocks or gold coins, etc. Dr. Cobin also has other books on Chile available at
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